FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The 1955 Sooners came to the Orange Bowl, trailed Maryland 6-0 at halftime and unleashed a surprise weapon: a no-huddle offense that Bud Wilkinson had installed but not used all season.
Oklahoma put the surprised Terrapins on their heels and won 20-6. "Oh my gawd,” then-OU quarterback Jimmy Harris remembers a Maryland linebacker saying in the middle of the game. "Here they come again.” So feel better, Florida Gators. At least you know it’s coming. OU’s hurry-up offense is the primary concern for Florida’s defense in the national championship game Thursday night. Not Sam Bradford’s passing accuracy. Not an offensive line that protects Bradford with zeal. Not a battalion of playmakers. The uptempo offense. "Our main focus is, hey, let’s get lined up,” said Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong. "Our major concern right now with Oklahoma is just the tempo.” Strong says his defense averages 60-65 snaps per game. But OU’s offense averages 80 plays per game. "It’s hard to really practice, just to simulate getting those plays in,” Strong said.