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1987 Orange Bowl


1987 Orange Bowl

1987 Orange Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0 0 0 8 8
Oklahoma 0 14 14 14 42
Date January 1, 1987
Season 1986
Stadium Miami Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
MVP HB Spencer Tillman
LB Dante Jones
Referee Paul Schmitt (Independent)
Attendance 52,717
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Don Criqui, Bob Trumpy and Paul Maguire

The 1987 Orange Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Arkansas Razorbacks.


  • Background 1
  • Game summary 2
  • Aftermath 3
  • Statistics 4
  • References 5


Oklahoma was champion of the Big Eight Conference for the third straight time and in the Orange Bowl for the third straight time. Only a loss to Miami early in the season cost them a shot at a second straight title. Oklahoma defensive standout Brian Bosworth was suspended for this game due to him testing positive for steroids. This was Arkansas' first Orange Bowl appearance since 1978.

Game summary

Spencer Tillman gave Oklahoma a quick 14-0 lead in the second quarter with two touchdown runs, the latter occurring after an Arkansas turnover. Quarterback Jamelle Holieway added his own two touchdown runs to make it 28-0 after three quarters. Arkansas had five interceptions on the day, as Duncan Parham and Anthony Stafford added two touchdown runs of their own to make it 42-0 for Oklahoma. With less than 25 seconds left, Derrick Thomas scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to avoid a shutout.[1]


While on the sidelines, Bosworth displayed a shirt referring to the NCAA as "National Communists Against Athletes". After this game, he was dismissed from the team, and he went to declare for the Supplemental Draft. Arkansas hasn't returned to the Orange Bowl since this game. Oklahoma returned to the Orange Bowl the following year.


Statistics Oklahoma Arkansas
First Downs 11 17
Yards Rushing 366 48
Yards Passing 47 192
Total Yards 413 240
Punts-Average 5-47.6 9-41.1
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-0
Interceptions 0 5
Penalties-Yards 4-40 3-25


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