The Main Event: Best OU openers of all time


Berry Tramel Modified: August 16, 2009 at 10:45 pm •  Published: August 16, 2009

7. 1990 OU at UCLA: Gary Gibbs' first televised game (Sooners were on 1989 probation) was historic — the Sooners' first game on the Rose Bowl turf. No. 22 OU knocked off the 19th-ranked Bruins 34-14 in a scorcher; temperatures cracked 100 degrees.

8. 1954 OU at California: The 12th-ranked Golden Bears were coached by the legendary Pappy Waldorf, while the second-ranked Sooners entered with a modest nine-game win streak. OU won 27-13 to extend the streak that would reach 47.

9. 1962 Syracuse at OU: The polls went only 10-deep in '62, and neither was ranked. But the game was big enough that Red Smith made the trip to Norman for the New York Times, and he saw a classic — Joe Don Looney's 60-yard TD run late gave the Sooners a 7-3 victory.

10. 1982 West Virginia at OU: Sooners were ranked ninth, but the Mountaineers were unranked. They should have been. WVU was coming off a 9-3 season in Don Nehlen's second year as coach, plus had a big-time quarterback in Jeff Hostetler, a Penn State transfer. West Virginia arrived on the big-time stage with a 41-27 victory.


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