Led by "Mr. Outside" and "Mr. Inside" (back-to-back Heisman winners Glen Davis and Doc Blanchard) the Cadets, which hadn't lost a game in three years, seemed unstoppable.
But under first-year coach Jim Tatum, the Sooners met the challenge and Tatum's defense held Davis to 19 yards and 12 carries at Michie Stadium. Even though Army prevailed and would go on to a third straight national championship, OU's performance set the tone for an 8-3 breakout season. Tatum split for Maryland, but Bud Wilkinson took over as head coach next year and OU began its rise to the summit of college football.
When the two teams meet in 2018, OU should be the massive favorite.
This decade, the Sooners have won 11 or more games in all but one season. Army, meanwhile, has not posted a winning season since 1996.
The Sooners have another scheduled date with a service academy, Air Force, which travels to Norman next season.
OU defeated the Falcons, 44-3, in 2001.
OU all-time against the service academies
2001--at Air Force--W--44-3
OU's future non-conference dates
at Florida State
at Notre Dame
at Ohio State