Forty-Seven Straight

Forty-Seven Straight

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Football tradition at the University of Oklahoma still runs strong, as does the record of forty-seven consecutive victories that legendary coach Bud Wilkinson and his players set in the 1950s. Approached but never equaled by teams such as Washington, Miami, and Texas, the streak contributed to the acclaim Wilkinson garnered by amassing an impressive three national championships (1950, 1955, and 1956), twelve consecutive conference titles, twenty-three straight wins on opposing fields, Top Ten rankings for eleven successive years, and a thirty-one game winning streak before the unforgettable a€œforty-seven straight.a€ Forty-seven Straight details how the record grew, season by season, as told by sixty-one of Wilkinsona€™s players during interviews with Harold Keith, the universitya€™s sports publicist who witnessed all 178 football games during the Wilkinson era at OU. The players recall Wilkinsona€™s and his staffa€™s style, methods, and strategies while vividly recalling their most dramatic games. The scholastic integrity of Wilkinsona€™s program, which included high academic standards and graduation rates, produced a successful group of career-minded players.A first lieutenant marine torpedo plane pilot at his discharge, Moore wanted two things: (1) petroleum engineering and (2) football. So he came to Norman ... We did it against live bait or with the dummies or in the open field. But we darned sureanbsp;...

Title:Forty-Seven Straight
Author: Harold Keith
Publisher:University of Oklahoma Press - 2003

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