Oklahoma Football: 30 Best Games in School History

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Sep 13, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners cheerleaders and pom squad pose for a photo after the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Oct. 4, 1980 – Oklahoma 82, Colorado 42

If not one of the best games in Sooner football history, this one clearly stands out as one of the most offensive, and we’re not speaking only of the postgame reaction of Colorado fans. Oklahoma came into the game with a record of 1-1, having lost at home to Stanford the week before, and ranked No. 12 in the country. Colorado was still looking for its first win after three games to begin the season.

It’s fair to say that defense was hardly a factor in this Independence Day-like offensive fireworks display. The score was 34-21 at the half in favor of the heavily favored Sooners, and that wasn’t even half the story of how this game would turn out.

The 34 first-half points were the first points scored by Oklahoma in the opening two quarters in the first three games that season, and there was plenty more where that came from. The Sooners exploded for 48 additional points in the second half to put a total of 82 points on the scoreboard. That is an OU scoring record that still stands today.

Those 82 points came on the back of 758 rushing yards and a record 875 yards of total offense. OU averaged 10.6 yards per play and a recorded a record 12 rushing touchdowns. The Sooners did not punt once in the game. Oklahoma’s defense wasn’t the best it could be (the Buffaloes had 330 yards of offense and 42 points of their own), but that doesn’t really matter when your offense puts 82 points on the board. Here are a few video highlights of the incredible offensive display that took place in this game.

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