The best sports team in state history is the team you never saw. At least not without a ticket to Owen Field.
I picked Barry Switzer’s 1974 Sooners as the best team in Oklahoma’s 100 years, the OU squad afflicted by both a bowl ban and a television ban. Sports Illustrated even christened those Sooners, “The Best Team You’ll Never See.”
Which is ironic, because 33 years later, I see them still. Lee Roy and Dewey Selmon, Rod Shoate and Randy Hughes, Joe Washington and Tinker Owens, Steve Davis and Billy Brooks.
They were Barry Switzer’s best team, but even in OU discussions, they can be largely overlooked. Yes, the 1974 squad won a national championship, but only the AP version, since the probation produced one more ban, omission from the coaches poll.
When fans or experts or even players talk about the greatest in crimson, they focus on Bud Wilkinson’s 1956 masterpiece, which raised the awesome win streak to 40 and contained so many seniors who never experienced defeat. Or Bud’s 1949ers, the war veterans who went 11-0 and began the modern Sooner tradition.
Or Bob Stoops’ 2000 Cinderellas, who fashioned a 13-0 record that is two wins more than the nearest other perfect-season contender. Or even another Switzer squad, like 1973 or 1978.
But I went with 1974, and soon I’ll tell you why. Just know this. This wasn’t easy. This was the hardest list to rank.
We finish our Centennial sports series today with the 100 greatest teams in Oklahoma history, and this list is more volatile than any other. If someone else did this list, No. 1 might be No. 40. No. 52 might be No. 4. This list is most subjective.
The best athlete, Jim Thorpe, was obvious, and the leading contenders were easily identified. Mickey Mantle. Barry Sanders. John Smith. Lee Roy Selmon, Shannon Miller.
Venues was a tough call, but only among three: Southern Hills, Gallagher-Iba Arena and Owen Field.
Best coach was a two-man race: Wilkinson or Henry Iba.
Best event was tough. A dozen games or tournaments could have risen to No. 1.
But not like this. This was a super buffet that kept your head spinning. Just sorting out the best in each sport was grinding.
Which high school football powerhouse was more dominant, the 1997 Jenks juggernaut that included Rocky Calmus, or the epic 1950 Muskogee squad that featured so many future college and pro stars?
Which OSU champions rate higher, Mike Holder’s fabulous 1978 golfers or John Smith’s 2005 wrestlers?
Which basketball team reigns supreme, Iba’s 1945 Aggies or Billy Tubbs’ 1988 Sooners?
And when you’ve settled those near-impossible questions, how do you balance a high school football team with a college wrestling team? How do you compare an AAU basketball team from the Roosevelt administration to an NAIA football team whose president was JFK? How do you rank seafood enchiladas and blueberry pie?
You read all you can get your hands on, much of it written by master historian Ray Soldan, without whom this project does not exist, and you remember and you think and then you pick.
You pick the ’74 Sooners.
First, why is ’74 Switzer’s best team? Star power is part of it. OU had eight all-Americans, including three of the most magic names in Sooner history. Lee Roy Selmon,. Rod Shoate and Joe Washington.
Selmon is the best Sooner player ever, and no one really argues. Shoate invented the speed-linebacker position, at least at OU, and is one of only two three-time all-Americans for the Sooners. Washington remains the most exciting OU player ever.
Success can’t be discounted. OU went 11-0, routed most foes and won a couple of tight fits, 16-13 over Texas and 28-14 over Nebraska. They clearly were the nation’s best team, which is not always true of the national champion.
The ’75 Sooners won the national title and were not nearly as strong. The ’74 defense was the ’75 defense, except for Shoate and Hughes, all-Americans both in ’74. And Washington, for whatever reason, was much more effective in ’74 than ’75.
Switzer’s teams in the 1970s were better than his teams in the ‘80s, although that ’86 team that lost at Miami remains very underrated.
Anyway, 1974 wins the Switzer regional.
Stoops’ 2000 team? A great team, no doubt. Didn’t have the star power of 1974, and through no fault of its own doesn’t have the perspective. Not yet. It’s been almost seven years since that great shutdown of Florida State in the Orange Bowl, but sometimes you need even more time to get a true grasp of a team’s greatness.
Wilkinson’s best team clearly was 1949 or 1956, and you can’t go wrong with either. I went with ’56 as sort of a lifetime achievement decision; Jerry Tubbs and Tommy McDonald and Jimmy Harris never lost. There’s something to be said for that.
So it comes down to 1974 or 1956, and here’s how I decided between blueberry pie and seafood enchiladas. Race.
The ’56ers were OU’s last all-white team. Prentice Gautt broke the color line in 1957. By the 1960s, the Sooners were fully integrated, a decade before the other schools along or below the Southern culture line, and by Switzer’s ascension as head coach in 1973, OU already had had black captains and a black quarterback, and Switzer recruited without quotas.
If forced to choose, I’ll go with the squad that included all the available talent, from Oklahoma and Texas and any port that supplies a ballplayer.
I’ll go with the ’74 Sooners.
Top 100 Oklahoma Teams
1974 Sooners lead by Barry Switzer on Media Day
1. 1974 OU football: 11-0
Junior Joe Washington at his halfback finest, Selmon brothers augmented by senior linebacker Rod Shoate, all-American blockers Kyle Davis and John Roush, a quarterback unbeaten in 22 starts. Strengths many, weaknesses few.
2. 1950 Muskogee football: 13-0
Coached by Paul Young, Roughers sported Max Boydston, Kurt Burris, Bo Bolinger and Bob Burris. First three made all-American at OU; Burris was merely all-Big Eight. Muskogee backup Preston Carpenter played only 12 years in NFL.
3. 1945 OSU men’s basketball: 27-4
Bob Kurland’s junior year. Cowboys won NCAA with a 49-45 victory over New York U., then trumped even that with a 52-44 victory over NIT champion DePaul in historic Red Cross benefit game that lifted NCAA Tournament’s status. Kurland averaged 17.1 points.
4. 1956 OU football: 10-0
Most dominant Sooner team ever, outscoring foes 469-51 in lifting OU win streak to 40. Only Colorado, 27-19, played OU closer than 22. Tommy McDonald and Jerry Tubbs finished 3-4 in Heisman voting; guards Billy Krisher and Ed Gray also made all-American.
5. 1972 Putnam City boys basketball: 26-0
Last unbeaten big-school state champion, Pirates were led by Alvan Adams and future college coaches Darrell Johnson (Baylor) and Jim Wooldridge (Kansas State).
6. 1978 OSU men’s golf
Cowboy legend Labron Harris won one NCAA title in 23 years of coaching. Mike Holder surpassed his mentor in just his fifth season, winning a second title by 17 shots over Georgia. David Edwards was NCAA medalist, and his teammates were some of OSU’s biggest golf names: Lindy Miller, Rafael Alacarn, Britt Harrison and Bob Tway.
7. 1949 OU football: 11-0
Climax season of OU’s war veterans, led by five all-Americans: linemen Wade Walker and Stan West, halfback George Thomas, quarterback Darrell Royal and end Jim Owens. Only close games were Texas 20-14 and Santa Clara 28-21. Rolled 35-0 in Sugar Bowl over hometown favorite LSU.
8. 2005 OSU wrestling: 21-0
Cowboys crowned five national champions — Johny Hendricks, Jake Rosholt, Zack Esposito, Chris Pendleton and Steve Mocco — and two other all-Americans in setting NCAA scoring record.
9. 1997 Jenks football: 14-0
Trojans won second of six straight 6A state titles, outscoring foes 535-118 and finishing off every playoff opponent by halftime. Trojans placed four players on 25-man all-state team — linebacker Rocky Calmus and linemen Jason Lohr, Sean Mahan and Brad Hawkins.
1988 OU Final Four basketball team: Stacey King celebrates the Sooners' victory over Villanova that sent Oklahoma to the Final Four.
10. 1988 OU men’s basketball: 35-4
Best team in America, despite 83-79 loss to Kansas in NCAA title game. Sooners averaged 102.9 points, with Stacey King (22.4) and Harvey Grant (20.9) making all-American, even though Mookie Blaylock was team’s best player.
11. 1995 Tulsa Washington boys basketball: 26-1
Greatest of Hornets’ many great teams, led by future NBA players Derrick (Etan) Thomas and Ryan Humphrey and future NFLer R.W. McQuarters.
12. 2000 OU football: 13-0
Won OU’s first conference title in 13 years and first national title in 15. Quarterback Josh Heupel was Heisman runnerup, linebacker Rocky Calmus led Stoops brothers’ stout defense. OU beat Florida State, Kansas State twice, Texas A&M, Texas and Nebraska. Only Nebraska came at Owen Field.
13. 1977 Putnam City football: 13-0
Quarterback Kelly Phelps led 4A state champs, who beat arch-foe Putnam West 21-14 in overtime for title. Lineman Rob Shaff and halfback Bryce Vann also starred for PC, which outscored foes 380-77.
14. 1981 Midwest City wrestling
Ranked No. 1 nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, Bombers won seven of the 13 weights in the Class 4A state tournament: Todd Bentley, David Rynda, Joe Starzenski, Greg Oliver, Dempsey Davenport, John Laviolette and John Johnson.
15. 2002 OU women’s basketball: 32-4
Led by all-American Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield, Sooners reached NCAA title game and played tough against undefeated UConn before falling 82-70.
16. 1971 OU football: 11-1
One of college football’s greatest offenses, averaging 469.6 rushing yards. Routed USC, Texas Colorado and Auburn in Sugar Bowl. Only loss was 35-31 to Nebraska in Game of Century. OU all-Americans were center Tom Brahaney, halfback Greg Pruitt and quarterback Jack Mildren.
17. 1933 DX-Oilers AAU basketball: 26-0
Oklahoma was a force in AAU hoops but didn’t produce a national champion until Bart Carlton led a national semifinal win over Wichita Henry and Chuck Hyatt keyed a finals victory over Chicago Rosenberg-Arvey.
18. 1958 Northeastern State football: 11-0
NAIA Hall of Famer Tuffy Stratton coached Oklahoma’s first NAIA football champs, won 19-13 over Northern Arizona in a nationally-televised game called by Red Grange. Quarterback Johnnie Allen and guards Claude Billingsley and Roger Wickersham were all-Americans.
The East player Krista Ragan and West player Jennifer Crow fight for a loose ball during Hall of Fame Classic girls basketball game.
19. 1996 Indianola girls basketball: 30-1
Class 2A school, led by Krista Ragan, split two games with an epic Norman team that won 6A championship.
20. 1996 Norman girls basketball: 27-1
Sherri Coale’s Tigers, led by Sara Dimson (Stanford) and Stacy Hansmeyer (Connecticut), lost only to Indianola.
21. 1987 Lawton football: 14-0
Lineman Will Shields just retired from NFL. Quarterback Kelly Stinnett remains a major-league catcher. Tailback Dewell Brewer was a solid OU runner. Linebacker James Trapp made NFL and was NCAA 200-meter sprint champion at Clemson. Outscored foes 428-74.
22. 1983 Tulsa Roughnecks 17-13:
Started 2-8 in North American Soccer League but caught fire and won Soccer Bowl 2-0 over Toronto Blizzard. No Roughneck made league all-star team; defender Barry Wallace was honorable mention.
23. 1932 Shawnee football: 11-0-1
Only Oklahoma team never scored on, avenged 0-0 tie with Capitol Hill by winning benefit game 15-0. Stars were Melvin Skelton; Mickey Parks, Aubrey Anthony and quarterback Jack Baer, who went on to coach OU to 1951 College World Series title.
24. 1978 New Lima boys basketball: 31-0
Tiny Class B state champs also won Tournament of Champions, beating Tulsa Washington. Senior stars Eddie Louie and George Allen finished careers 113-10 with two state crowns.
25. 1940 Phillips 66ers basketball:
Chuck Hyatt, star of 1933 AAU tournament, coached 66ers to first of 11 national titles. Beat defending champ Denver Nuggets in title game, led by Grady Lewis, Joe Fortenberry and Don Lockhard.
26. 1973 OU football: 10-0-1
Barry Switzer’s first team sported great defense. All three Selmon brothers on defensive line, plus linebacker Rod Shoate. OU blanked Nebraska 27-0, never allowing Huskers to snap ball in Sooner territory, and tied great USC team 7-7.
27. 1932 Presbyterian College women’s basketball: 33-0
Durant school won AAU national title. Doll Harris scored 19 points in finals against Dallas Golden Cyclones, outplaying Mildred Didrickson, who would come to be known as Babe.
OSU vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State men's college basketball. OSU's Marcus Dove dunks in the first half.
28. 2004 OSU men’s basketball: 31-4
Eddie Sutton’s best Cowboy team. Tony Allen and John Lucas each named Big 12 player of the year. OSU won 21 of final 22 games before a 67-65 upset loss to Georgia Tech in Final Four.
29. 1931 Tulsa Oilers hockey: 30-15-3
In franchise’s third season, Oilers won American Hockey League title and formally challenged Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens to a series. NHL declined.
30. 1998 Ada girls basketball: 24-1
Caton Hill and La’Neishea Caufield stars on OU’s 2002 NCAA runnerup team, led 5A state champs.
31. 1941 Tulsa Midgets softball:
Nina Korgan and Ruth Mitchell pitched every game in world softball championship, allowing just five hits and no runs in 37 innings.
32. 1946 OSU men’s basketball: 31-2
NCAA’s first repeat champ, Cowboys beat North Carolina 43-40 in finals. Bob Kurland again made all-American, averaging 19.5 points, and Cowboys split two games with epic rival DePaul.
33. 1955 OU football: 11-0
Middle team in 47-game winning streak, only North Carolina (13-6), Pitt (26-14) and third-ranked Maryland (20-6) in Orange Bowl played OU closer than 20. Halfback Tommy McDonald and guard Bo Bolinger made all-American.
34. 2000 OU softball: 66-8
Won Women’s College World Series in OU’s first trip. Jennifer Stewart pitched Sooners to title, beating UCLA in finals.
35. 1979 Star-Spencer boys basketball: 28-0
Bobcats won fourth straight state title, led by big men Leroy Combs (Indiana Pacers) and 6-foot-10 Kenneth Orange.
36. 1945 OSU football: 9-0
Jim Lookabaugh’s Aggies played only two games closer than 13 points and routed St. Mary’s 33-13 in Sugar Bowl. All-American Bob Fenimore led nation in total offense (1,641) and rushing (1,119). Neill Armstrong led nation in receiving.
37. 1935 OKC Indians
Texas League champs got spectacular pitching, led by Red Evans (24-8), and beat Southern Association champ Atlanta Crackers 4 games to 2 in Dixie Series.
38. 1962 UCO football: 11-0
Dominant Bronchos outscored foes 350-59 with five shutouts and beat Lenoir-Rhyne 28-13 in NAIA title game. Quarterback Mike Rollins and defenders Val Reneau, Olie Cromwell, Clyde Frolich and Tim Haws led defense.
39. 1950 Grainola girls basketball: 34-2
Step aside, Hoosiers. No story beats this defunct Osage County school, which sported only 14 students; all nine girls played hoops and won Class B state title. Three months later, school closed for good.
40. 1941 OSU wrestling: 6-0
Cowboys Buddy Arndt, Virgil Smith, Alfred Whitehurst and Earl VanBebber won four of the eight NCAA weight classes, and three other Pokes placed second or third.
41. 1947 OU men’s basketball: 24-7
Bruce Drake’s greatest team won Big Six and reached NCAA title game, where it lost 58-47 to Bob Cousy and Holy Cross. Center Gerald Tucker was all-American.
42. 1982 Southwestern State women’s basketball: 34-0
A pair of rookies, freshman Kelli Litsch and first-year coach John Lofton, led Southwestern to first of its five NAIA national titles in a nine-year span. Won its three national-tournament games by a combined 83 points.
43. 1969 Tulsa Washington football: 11-0
Won third straight state championship 13-8 over Midwest City. Outscored foes 391-46. Led by John Winesberry, who became a Jim Plunkett receiver at Stanford.
44. 1963 Lawton track:
Won nine of 14 events, led by doubles hurdle champ Bill Thomas, to win third straight state title. Scored 64.5 points; rest of field combined for 111.5.
45. 1957 OU wrestling: 8-0
Danny Hodge, best wrestler in Sooner history, won his third NCAA title, and Dick Delgado won his first of two as Sooners won their third national title under Port Robertson.
46. 1953 Capitol Hill baseball: 27-0
Junior Chuck Page was dominant pitcher. Senior Don Demeter was not even considered among best Redskins, and he hit only 163 major-league home runs. Redskins continued winning streak that reached 66 games.
47. 1938 Byng girls basketball: 31-0
Bertha Frank Teague’s greatest team won third straight state championship and lifted winning streak to 90, eventually reached 98.
48. 1978 OU football 11-1:
Best team in America but denied national title when eventual Heisman winner Billy Sims fumbled near goal line late in what became 17-14 loss at Nebraska. Guard Greg Roberts won Outland Trophy, and linebacker Daryl Hunt and nose guard Reggie Kinlaw made all-American.
49. 1921 Sapulpa football: 12-1
Sapulpa won state’s original playoff series, routing Pryor 33-7 in final. Sapulpa lost only to Tulsa U.’s reserves 3-0 and outscored high school foes 394-47. Halfback Rex Thomas and tackle Les Caywood went on to pro careers.
50. 1931 OCU football: 12-0
Oklahoma City U. allowed only seven touchdowns all season. Beat OSU and OU, holding Sooners to one first down. Basil Wilkerson, Ted Hand and Haskell Holt starred.
51. 1949 El Reno boys basketball: 24-0
Indians, coached by Jenks Simmons, sported Leroy Bacher (OU), Kendall Sheets (OSU) and Gerald Stockton (OSU).
52. 1981 OSU baseball: 52-17
Started Gary Ward’s remarkable 16-year reign as Big Eight champion. Darren Dilks was pitching and hitting star as OSU reached College World Series title game, where it lost to Arizona State.
53. 1990 Lawton Eisenhower football: 14-0
Mythical national champions. Eagles outscored foes 476-110. Tailback Dwight McFadden, defensive back Chris Pollard and lineman Phillip Kinney made all-state.
54. 1995 OSU men’s basketball: 27-10
Big Country legend climaxed with remarkable March run; Big Country outplayed future NBA stars Antonio McDyess of Alabama, Tim Duncan of Wake Forest and Marcus Camby of UMass as Cowboys stormed to Final Four.
55. 1992 OCU men’s basketball: 38-0
First unbeaten NAIA champ since 1965, ran winning streak to 54. Led by all-Americans Eric Manuel and Smokey McCovery.
56. 1942 Deep Rock Oilers softball:
Sig Lawson, described as a giant Swede, pitched Tulsa men’s team to world fast-pitch title.
57. 1979 Colbert girls basketball: 32-0
Star forwards Judy Thomas and Anita Lyons finished careers with three state titles, a triple-overtime loss in another state final and 131-7 record.
58. 2002 OU men’s basketball: 31-5
Kelvin Sampson’s team won 16 of its final 17 before upset loss to Indiana in Final Four. Hollis Price made all-American, and Aaron McGhee played like one down stretch.
59. 1940 Nuyaka boys basketball:
Long-gone Okmulgee County school won second straight Class C title and beat eventual Class A champ Ada 37-24 in a special holiday match game.
60. 1915 OU football: 10-0
The best of Bennie Owen’s three unbeaten teams. Single-wing fullback Forest Geyer was nicknamed “Spot” for his pinpoint passing.
61. 1928 OU men’s basketball: 18-0
Hugh McDermott’s squad played nothing but Missouri Valley Conference games. Center Vic Holt made all-American; teammates included future OU coach and hoops hall of famer Bruce Drake and four-sport star Tom Churchill.
62. 1957 Ada football: 13-0
Best of Elvan George’s seven state champs in 1950s. Cougars won playoff games 74-13, 59-7 and 41-13. Outscored opponents 526-65.
63. 1966 OBU men’s basketball: 26-7
Bob Bass’ Bison, led by all-American Al Tucker, won Oklahoma’s first NAIA hoops title.
64. 1994 OU baseball: 50-17
Ace Mark Redman and closer Bucky Buckles led pitching, and Minor twins Ryan and Damon provided power, as Sooners roared to Big Eight’s first College World Series title in 35 years.
65. 1962 OSU wrestling: 12-0
Masaaki Hatta, Ronnie Clinton and Bob Johnson won NCAA titles, and three other Cowboys placed second.
66. 1985 OU football 11-1:
Retooled after quarterback Troy Aikman suffered broken leg; freshman Jamelle Holieway ran wishbone final eight games, beating Penn State 25-10 in Orange Bowl. All-Americans Brian Bosworth, Kevin Murphy and Tony Casillas led defense.
67. 1974 Oral Roberts men’s basketball: 23-6
Only nine years after school opened, ORU reached brink of Final Four. Running and gunning under coach Ken Trickey, lost to Kansas 93-90 in Midwest Regional final. Guard Sam McCants, center Eddie Woods and freshman Anthony Roberts starred.
68. 1959 OSU baseball: 27-5
Joel Horlen, who would win 116 major-league games, led Cowboys’ only College World Series champion. Three-sport standout Dick Soergel won CWS finale, 5-3 over Arizona.
69. 1964 Tulsa U. football: 9-2
Glenn Dobbs’ team beat Ole Miss in Bluebonnet Bowl but made mark by passing. Led by quarterback Jerry Rhome, Heisman runnerup that year, and flanker Howard Twilley, who would finish second in 1965 Heisman, TU set 20 NCAA records for offense.
70. 1996 John Marshall boys basketball: 28-0
Bookend for unbeaten Bear football team that went 14-0. Led by Joe Adkins (OSU), Tony Heard (Tulsa U.) and Reggie Tate.
71. 1949 OSU men’s basketball: 23-5
Henry Iba’s bid for third NCAA title in five years ended with 46-36 loss to Kentucky in finals. Bob Harris and J.L. Parks made all-American.
72. 1964 Mangum girls basketball: 29-0
Led by Grett Hogan, won second straight Class A state title and extended winning streak to 59.
73. 1975 OU football 11-1:
Survived squeakers against Miami, Colorado, Texas and Missouri and won national title. Eight Sooners made all-American: Tinker Owens, Billy Brooks, Jimbo Elrod, Lee Roy Selmon, Dewey Selmon, Mike Vaughan, Terry Webb and halfback Joe Washington.
74. 1981 Tulsa men’s basketball: 26-7
Hired away from junior college, Nolan Richardson turned Golden Hurricane into immediate force, with Paul Pressey leading TU to NIT title, 86-84 over Syracuse in overtime, when that tournament still carried clout.
75. 1992 Hammon boys basketball: 29-2
Minor twins, Ryan and Damon, led Hammon to second straight Class B state title. Ryan scored a record 105 points in three state tournament games. Finished third in Tournament of Champions against much-bigger schools.
76. 1950 OU football: 10-1
After loss of great ’49 seniors, OU won national title with quarterback Claude Arnold and four all-Americans: Buddy Jones, Frankie Anderson, Leon Heath and Jim Weatherall. Sooners won epics over Texas A&M, Texas and Nebraska. Bear Bryant’s Kentucky ended OU’s 30-game winning streak, 13-7 in Sugar Bowl.
77. 1917 Oklahoma City Central football: 11-0
Known as “Oklahoma High School,” Cardinals outscored foes 670-13. Phil White starred, helped by Bud Graham, Stub Hardy and Myron Tyler. Dale Arbuckle, who played football at OU in 1920s and lived until 2005, said just before his death that Phil White remained best player he ever saw.
78. 1982 UCO football: 10-2
Led by all-American connection of quarterback Randy Page and flanker Daric Zeno, Bronchos won school’s second NAIA title.
79. 1954 OSU wrestling: 7-0
Sophomore Myron Roderick, who would go on to coach six OSU championship teams, won first of his three individual crowns. Teammates Gene Hicks and Ned Blass joined him as titlists.
80. 1977 Nelson Paints softball: 108-18
Slow-pitch sluggers won first of two national championships. Henry Koper hit five home runs in national-tournament opener.
81. 1995 Midwest City football: 14-0
Bombers ran big-school state record win streak to 28, surviving Jenks in overtime semifinal that delayed Jenks’ by a year. Bombers outscored foes 450-104. All-staters were Vernon Maxwell, Rodney Rideau, Evan Luttrell and Donavon Laviness.
82. 1981 UCO wrestling: 14-5
Scored a record 1551/4 points and more than doubled runner-up Adam State to win NAIA championship. Captured six of 10 individual titles: Dennis Kendrick, Todd Osborn, Ronnie James, Alan Maddox, Benny Coleman and Bill Ameen.
83. 1985 OU men’s basketball: 31-6
Wayman Tisdale’s glorious career ended with 63-61 loss to Memphis State in NCAA regional final, but three-time all-American, with coach Billy Tubbs, had stamped Sooners as a hoops power.
84. 1974 Deer Creek boys basketball: 32-1
Don Dodd’s deliberate team didn’t lose to an in-state foe and beat two-time defending Class B champ Sasakwa 46-36 in state semifinal. Ronnie Lawson was Little All-city player of year.
85. 1967 OU football: 10-1
Chuck Fairbanks’ first Sooner team won just OU’s second conference title of ‘60s and beat Tennessee 26-24 in Orange Bowl. Offensive tackle Bob Kalsu, who would lose his life in Vietnam, and nose guard Granville Liggins made all-American.
86. 2003 OU men’s gymnastics: 26-0
Won second straight NCAA title by wide margin. Daniel Furney won NCAA all-around and parallel bars titles, and teammate Josh Landis won NCAA on floor exercise and pommel horse.
87. 2002 Woodward girls basketball: 26-1
Future Texas Longhorn Kala Bowers led Woodward to 5A state title. Boomers were unbeaten against Oklahoma teams.
88. 1971: OSU wrestling 12-2
Tommy Chesbro’s only NCAA title team had three champs — Geoff Baum, Darrell Keller and Yoshiro Fujita.
89. 1980 Cameron men’s basketball: 36-3
Leroy Jackson and Andre King led Aggies to NAIA national title.
90. 1964 John Marshall wrestling
Bears sported five state champions, including future Olympic gold medalist Wayne Wells, en route to 2A state title. Other champs: Bryan Rice, John Eagleston, Vern Miller and Tony Howard.
91. 1951 OSU men’s basketball: 29-6
Two losses came in Final Four, to Kansas State in semifinals and Illinois in NCAA third-place game. Gale McArthur made all-American as Henry Iba made final four for fourth time in seven years.
92. 1977 Southeastern State baseball: 56-8
Savages won prestigious Pan American Citrus Tournament but lost to David Lipscomb in NAIA title game. Pitching staff posted 26 shutouts. Offense led by future major-league star Brett Butler.
93. 1976 OSU football: 9-3
In 47 years of Big Eight/12 football, Cowboys’ only conference champion. OSU tied Colorado and OU for title; beat OU 31-24, ending nine-game Bedlam losing streak. Terry Miller made all-American for Cowboys.
94. 1936 OU wrestling: 4-2
Unheralded Sooners lost two duals to OSU, but Wayne Martin and Harry Broadbent won NCAA titles and Paul Keen’s team captured only NCAA title between 1933 and 1943 not won by OSU.
95. 1966 Inola boys basketball: 32-1
Upset by Stroud 63-62 in Class B semifinals but beat three big boys in Tournament of Champions: Tulsa Memorial, Tulsa East Central and Northeast, latter led by legendary Ray Russell.
96. 1979 OU men’s basketball: 21-10
OU’s only conference champion between 1949 and 1984 reached NCAA Sweet 16, where it lost to Larry Bird and Indiana State. John McCullough was Big Eight player of year.
97. 1987 Cameron football: 11-2
Aggies upset Dennis Franchione’s Pittsburg State’s team in NAIA semifinals, then routed Carson-Newman 30-2 for title. Five years later, Cameron dropped football.
98. 1938 OU football: 10-1
OU’s first bowl team dominated defensively, allowing just 12 points before 17-0 loss to Tennessee in Orange Bowl. End Waddy Young, who died in World War II, made all-American, and end Pop Ivy and tackle Cactus Face Duggan would make all-American in ’39.
99. 1994 Tulsa men’s basketball: 23-8
Most important TU team ever, Upset UCLA and Oklahoma State in NCAA Tournament at Myriad. Gary Collier and Shea Steals starred on Tubby Smith’s team.
100. 2000 Weatherford baseball: 41-0
All-state pitcher Colby Miller went 11-0 and struck out 141 in 67 innings. Eagles fashioned best record in Oklahoma baseball history. Of state’s other eight unbeaten baseball seasons, only Garber (35-0) won more than 30 games.