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QB Steve Davis Dies in Plane Crash in Indiana

Former Oklahoma Sooners QB Steve Davis died in a tragic plane crash on March 17 near Indiana, an accident that also took the life of one other passenger. The airplane touched ground at the airport, before electrical problems caused it to go back up and then crash into three homes in a nearby neighborhood. Davis and fellow passenger Wesley Craves died, while two other passengers and a woman in one of the houses was seriously injured.

Steve Davis played for Oklahoma during the first three seasons of Barry Switzer’s coaching career (1973-75) and newer fans learned much about him this past season as Landry Jones attempted to break his Sooners’ all-time win record, which he finally accomplished. In a nice moment, Davis sent Jones a letter encouraging him to keep going and he hoped that Jones could finally break his record.

Davis finished his Oklahoma Sooners’ career with a 32-1-1 record, at one time the record for wins and consecutive starts until Jones broke both marks. His only loss came in 1975 against the Kansas Jayhawks. In a big stat for Sooners’ fans, Davis is also one of only four quarterbacks to never lose to the Texas Longhorns, joining Landry Jones, Jamelle Holieway and Jimmy Harris.

“When I got out of high school, I only knew two songs, ‘Boomer Sooner’ and ‘Amazing Grace,“’ Davis said in the 2012 book “I Love Oklahoma/I Hate Texas,” when describing why he chose to try out at OU despite little in the way of recruitment. Davis won the job and replaced the legendary Jack Mildren on the roster.

Davis won more national championships (2) than he suffered losses (1) in his career at OU.

Steve Davis died at the age of 60.

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