Did you know? … Some fast facts about the Rose Bowl as well as Georgia and Oklahoma.
In Georgia’s 9-0 Rose Bowl win over UCLA on Jan. 1, 1943, Charley Trippi was named Most Valuable Player and Frank Sinkwich scored the Bulldogs lone touchdown.
The Bulldogs SEC championship team of 1946 went a perfect 11-0, winning every game by at least 10 points – capped by a 20-10 Sugar Bowl victory over North Carolina.
Kent “The Jet” Lawrence set a Cotton Bowl record with his 74-yard touchdown run in SEC champion Georgia’s 24-9 victory over SMU on 12/31/1966.
College Football Hall of Fame coach Vince Dooley stalked the sidelines for the final time on New Year’s Day 1988, a 34-27 Gator Bowl win over Michigan State.
College Football Hall of Famers Herschel Walker and Scott Woerner shined in the Sugar Bowl victory over Notre Dame on Jan. 1, 1981 with two touchdowns and two picks, respectively.
Georgia’s lone touchdown, in a thrilling 10-9 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas on Jan. 1, 1984, was scored by senior quarterback John Lastinger.
One of the greatest players in Sooners and Detroit Lions history is Billy Sims, the superb tailback who won the 1978 Heisman Trophy for Oklahoma.
College Football Hall of Famer Jim Donnan, who was Georgia’s head coach from 1996-2000, was the offensive coordinator for Oklahoma’s 1985 national championship team.
Georgia in 1983 was the first school to send its men’s and women’s basketball teams to the Final Four in the same year, with the Sooners joining the club in 2002.
In 1994, Oklahoma won the College World Series, defeating Tech in the national championship game at Rosenblatt Stadium 13-5.
Oklahoma has one of the great records in college football history – the Sooners won 47 consecutive games under the watch of Bud Wilkinson from 1953-1957.
Three of the great college football coaches in history have led Oklahoma to national championships – Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops.
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