For today’s edition of our countdown to kickoff, we find ourselves 39 days away from the most wonderful time of the year. 39. That is also the number of consecutive home games that the Oklahoma Sooners won from 2005 to 2011. Truly a remarkable feat of consistency and dominance.
But, just how dominant was the Crimson & Cream over the duration of that 39-game home winning streak? Well, out of those home games, only one went past regulation. It was a memorable 37-30 double OT victory early in the streak during the 2005 campaign against the Baylor Bears. Further, the average score during the home winning streak was OU 44.95, Visitors 15.05, including five shutouts. Forget Sooner magic, this was Sooner annihilation.
In what would go down as perhaps the most exciting and pivotal game of the streak came in 2008, when a second-ranked, undefeated Texas Tech strolled onto Owen Field before one of the most raucous crowds Norman has ever seen. The Sooners trounced the Red Raiders from the jump, building an insurmountable lead by halftime and jumping around all night long.
The win would eventually lead to the famous (or infamous) three way tie between OU, TTU and UT, sending the Sooners to the Big XII Championship Game against Missouri and ultimately the National Championship Game against Florida.
The streak began after the home opening loss to then Mountain West Conference team TCU with a victory over Tulsa. The 39th and final win in the streak came against Ball State. Three weeks later, the potential for a 40th victory in the streak was upon the Sooners, as Texas Tech returned to a place that had seen them leave in misery time and time again. This time began unusually, as a storm hit the area just before kickoff, delaying kickoff for over an hour and a half. The sluggish start was apparent, and the Red Raiders built a 24-7 lead by halftime that would prove too much for the Sooners to overcome. Oklahoma would fight back, but after Texas Tech recovered the onside kick and ran out the remaining seconds, the streak was no more.
Now, the all-time home game winning streak is still owned by the Miami Hurricanes, who won 58 straight home games from 1985-1994. No matter, since the turn of the century, there has been an increasing amount of parity across the college football landscape. This notion only makes the 39 straight home victories more impressive, yes, but certainly not an impossible mark to match.