Big 12: Darrin Nelson
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
NORMAN, Okla. -- There's a palpable sense of excitement that's noticeable throughout the Oklahoma City area leading up to the Sooners' game against TCU later this evening. The newspapers and television stations are already hyping this as a chance for the Sooners to claim the top spot in the polls tomorrow with a victory.
But history hasn't been good to the Sooners on this date in previous history. Check out these two games from the past that aren't fondly remembered by the Sooner faithful.
1980: Stanford 31, No. 4 Oklahoma 14 (Norman, Okla.) -- John Elway passed for 237 yards and three touchdowns, enabling the Cardinal to snap Oklahoma's 20-game home-winning streak. Despite playing without leading rusher Darrin Nelson, the Cardinal jumped to a 31-0 lead. Oklahoma committed seven turnovers on a gloomy, rainy day that got worse as it continued for Barry Switzer's team.
1986: No. 2 Miami 28, No. 1 Oklahoma 16 (Miami) -- Vinny Testaverde passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns -- including three TD passes in the third quarter -- to boost the Hurricanes' victory. The Hurricanes held Oklahoma to 186 rushing yards, overcoming a strong performance by LB Brian Bosworth, who contributed 14 tackles. The game was enlivened by a nasty brawl during the fourth quarter.