Home field advantage


The largest crowd to ever watch any one sporting event in Oklahoma was the 87,979 fans who came to Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 to watch the Oklahoma-Ohio State football game.

That’s more than the 83,489 capacity. The stadium is one of the 15 largest football stadiums in America.

Those numbers have also translated into a definite home field advantage. Under former head coach Bob Stoops, the Sooners compiled a 101-9 record at home. The Sooners have had 111 consecutive home sellouts (winning 101 of those contests).

Since the stadium opened in 1923 the Sooners have won more than 80 percent of the games played there (384-85-15). The most consecutive home wins record stands at 39, and contrary to what some fans of the legendary Bud Wilkinson might think, it came under Stoops’ watch — during a period from 2005 to 2011.

The stadium has been the scene of some magnificent performances:

Most rushing yards:  427 yards by Samaje Perine vs. Kansas in 2014.

Most receptions: 15 by Sterling Shephard vs. Kansas State in 2014.

Most tackles: 19 by Daryl Hunt vs. Vanderbilt in 1977.

Most passing TDs: 6 by Landry Jones vs. Tulsa in 2009.

Most team rushing:  767 yards vs. Kansas State in 1988.

Most points: 79 vs. North Texas in 2007.

Longest field goal:  60 yards by Dony DiRienzo vs. Kansas in 1973.

Longest punt return:  96 yards by Darrell Royal vs. Kansas State in 1948.


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