Let the Official Countdown to Kickoff begin! We are now 100 days away from welcoming the return of Oklahoma Football. Before we work through these next 100 days, let’s take a look back at what happened with the Oklahoma Sooners 100 years ago.
In the program’s 24th season, head coach Bennie Owen led Oklahoma to a perfect 6-0 record, but unfortunately a Southwest Conference title was not awarded in 1918 due to the war and the Spanish influenza pandemic forcing the cancellation of games. Still, not only did the Sooners finish the season undefeated, they were never truly challenged. OU pummeled its competition by a combined score of 278-7, including a 103-0 thrashing of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
- Arkansas - 103-0
- Central State - 44-0
- Post Field - 58-0
- at Kansas - 33-0
- Phillips - Oklahoma City - 13-7
- Oklahoma A&M - Oklahoma City - 27-0
1918 was Coach Owen’s 14th season as the Sooners’ head coach, and it was Oklahoma’s fourth year as a member of the Southwest Conference. The name of the stadium, Boyd Field, was in honor of the University of Oklahoma’s first president, David Ross Boyd.
Speaking of the stadium, check out this video that shows the evolution of the Palace on the Prairie. It’s incredible how things have changed.
It’s truly remarkable how much Sooner Football has transformed over the past century. The expansion of the stadium has grown alongside the fan base, and the Oklahoma brand is as large today as it’s ever been. It’s important that we always remember teams like the 1918 group. If it wasn’t for the foundation they built, none of what we enjoy about the sport today would be the same.
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