Oklahoma’s football resurgence began with Josh Heupel leading the Sooners to the 2000 national championship and OU has consistently remained in the hunt ever since. With a humble swagger to him, along with tremendous poise, Heupel guided OU to the perfect season, which culminated with a 13-2 Orange Bowl win over Bobby Bowden and the Florida State Seminoles.
Eight years later Sam Bradford would put on jersey #14 and rewrite history on his way to a record-shattering season. The Sooners would fall short in the Orange Bowl this time around but Bradford ended up being Oklahoma’s fifth Heisman Trophy winner (just five years after Jason White became the fourth).
The decade of the 90’s was terrible for Oklahoma football fans. Ask anyone of them who was forced to survive the coaching changes, recruiting busts, and downright embarrassing losses. They’ll tell you that the majority of the 90’s never happened. Well…at least up until 1999. That’s the year that #14 arrived on campus and changed everything.