Modified: November 29, 2007 at 12:32 am •  Published: November 29, 2007
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OU plays against a Heisman Trophy contender Saturday night in quarterback Chase Daniel. The 10 best quarterbacks an OU football team ever has faced:

10. Matt Leinart, 2004, USC
Lit up the Sooners in 55-19 Orange Bowl victory, now becoming solid NFL quarterback.

9. Joe Namath, 1962, Alabama
Led Bama to Orange Bowl victory over OU, then became a Super Bowl legend.

8. Babe Parilli, 1950, Kentucky
Led 'Cats to Sugar Bowl victory over OU, then played pro football into the 1960s, when he was an AFL star.

7. Dan Fouts, 1972, Oregon
Not much help in 68-3 loss to OU, but 15-year, Hall of Fame career began the next year in San Diego.

6. Tommie Frazier, 1993-95, Nebraska
Greatest option quarterback ever.

5. John Hadl, 1960-61, Kansas
Great AFL quarterback with Chargers, Hadl was a run-pass threat with Jayhawks.

4. Vinny Testaverde, 1986, Miami
Ranks with Elway as best single-game performance against Sooners; in 21st NFL season.

3. Vince Young, 2004-05, Texas
Willed Longhorns to national title.

2. Bobby Layne, 1944-47, Texas
Went 3-0 vs. Sooners, then led Detroit Lions to three NFL titles.

1. John Elway, 1980, Stanford
As a sophomore, Sooners saw what was to come over the next 20 years, as Stanford pulled a 31-14 upset.

By Berry Tramel


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