Opening of the twenty-four day season until 2021
The hot summer days can’t go by fast enough for Oklahoma football fans.
There’s a lot of excitement and anticipation for what might just be Sooner’s best season yet under the guidance of fifth-year head coach Lincoln Riley.
Our continuing streak that counts the days until the start of Oklahoma’s highly anticipated 2021 football season is now at 24.
Two Oklahoma players will wear jersey number 24 this season, running back Marcus Major is number 24 on offense, and linebacker Brian Asamoah wears the same number when the Sooners are on defense.
But perhaps the earliest to wear that jersey number was former OU All-American Joe Washington. Washington played in Oklahoma from 1972 to 1975 and was on two Sooner National Championship teams. He ranks third among career runners in Oklahoma with 4,071 yards and 39 touchdowns. He averaged 6.03 yards every time he carried the ball for the Sooners.
Washington was twice a member of the All-American First Team (1974 and 1975) and finished third in the Heisman Trophy poll in 1974. In 1976, he was the fourth player overall selected in the NFL Draft, won by the San Diego Chargers. . Washington played nine seasons in the NFL with four different teams.
Miracle on the Brazos
The numbers 24 – as well as 25, in fact – also bring back recent memories of one of the most notable victories in Oklahoma’s long and glorious football history.
On November 16, 2009, the Sooners, ranked No.10 in the college football playoff standings, were in Waco, TX for a Big 12 showdown with No.12 Baylor, the second-best team in the conference that season. .
Baylor exercised his will early and often and had opened a 25-point advantage, 28-3, four minutes into the second quarter. Oklahoma scored their first touchdown of the game with six minutes left in the first half and were down at halftime 31-10.
The Sooners opened the second half in danger of losing for the second time in three games and losing two full games behind league leaders Baylor.
However, the next 30 seconds turned out to be a complete first-half reversal. Oklahoma reduced the Bears’ 21-point halftime advantage with one touchdown in the third quarter and scored two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to miraculously go all the way and tie the score at 31 with five minutes and half to go in the game.
Then, with less than two minutes to go, OU’s Gabe Brkic netted a winning 31-yard field goal, sending shockwaves through the very partisan Baylor crowd at McLane Stadium.
Then sophomore Nik Bonitto caught a pass from Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer on the OU’s 38-yard line with 29 seconds left to seal the victory
Oklahoma scored 24 unanswered points in the second half and edged Baylor 368 yards to 69 in the final 30 minutes. In the last two quarters alone, the Sooners have played 58 games against 16 for Baylor.
The victory was the biggest comeback victory in the history of the OU program in terms of deficit overcome.