We’re only 77 days away from the 2017 season opener, Sooner fans! The Oklahoma Sooners open the 2017 season against UTEP, but today’s post has much more to do with Oklahoma’s second opponent — the Ohio State Buckeyes
On Sept. 24, 1977, No. 3 Oklahoma would face off against No. 4 Ohio State in one of the most anticipated non-conference matchups in the history of both schools. OU jumped out to an early lead in the game, but injuries to Thomas Lott and Billy Sims would allow the Buckeyes to creep back into the game and eventually take a late lead. OU was able to get into field-gaol range and call a timeout with seix seconds remaining, setting up a 41-yard attempt for German-born Oklahoma kicker Uwe von Schamman.
Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes then chose to ice the kicker, which led to a rain of “Block that kick!” chants from the Buckeye faithful. Unflappable and unfazed, von Schamman proceeded to lead the chant like an conductor, which was obviously a very bold strategy that easily could have backfired pretty hard. However, the OU kicker walked the walk by drilling the field goal to give OU a 29-28 victory in Columbus.
This September, OU will head to Ohio State for the first time since that memorable game that took place 40 years ago. It’ll be as tough as any game OU has played in recent memory, but maybe there’s still some Sooner Magic left in the air up there...