1976

1976

Oklahoma 16
Michigan  6

January 1, 1976 – Orange Bowl Stadium
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
 
Sooners Get Defensive for Title
Second-ranked Oklahoma survived a defensive battle with Big Ten runner-up and fourth-ranked Michigan, winning its second national championship in the Orange Bowl by a 14-6 score.
 
The Sooners, coming off of two years of probation, controlled their own destiny after UCLA upset No.1 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
 
After three quarters of play, Oklahoma was protecting a 7-0 lead. On the first play of the fourth quarter, quarterback Steve Davis ran 10 yards to increase the Sooner lead to 14-0, but Michigan recovered an Oklahoma fumble on the Sooner 2 and Gordon Bell took it in to make it 14-6. The Sooner defense then took over, and the Michigan offense never made it past midfield again.
 
Oklahoma's defensive effort was led by Lee Roy and Dewey Selmon (10 and 13 tackles, respectively) and limited Michigan to 202 yards of offense.
 

  OKLA MICH
First Downs 16 12
Rushing Attempts 65 52
Rushing Yards 282 169
Passes Attempted 5 20
Passes Completed 3 2
Had Intercepted 0 3
Passing Yards 63 33
Total Offense 345 202
Punts/Avg. 9/34.9 10/38.6
Fumbles/Lost  4/3 1/0
Penalties/Yards 9/90 5/24

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Oklahoma 0 7 0 7 - 14
Michigan 0 0 0 6 - 6

SCORING SUMMARY
OKLA: Brooks 39-yard run (DiRienzo kick); OKLA: Davis 9-yard run (DiRienzo kick); MICH: Bell 2-yard run (run failed) MOP: Steve Davis (Oklahoma), Lee Roy Selmon (Oklahoma)
 
Oklahoma Head Coach: Barry Switzer
Michigan Head Coach: Bo Schembechler

 

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