We present them here for purely educational purposes. What makes it happen is competition.". Those siding with OU coach Barry Switzer claim Mitchel's attitude has gone from bad to pitiful. "I think (the injury) was all in my mind," Mitchel said. The Sooner defense played inspired football, Tim Lashar nailed four critical field goals, Keith Jackson caught a 71-yard bomb from Jamelle Holieway in stride, and Lydell Carr put the nail in the coffin with a brilliant 61-yard touchdown scamper with 1:42 remaining on the clock.. "The sidelines and myself are pretty familiar with each other," Mitchel said Thursday, four days before his final collegiate game a contest where there's a good chance Mitchel will see as much action as a walk-on redshirt not in uniform. A rushing total of 1,293 yards is a number some believed the 6-1, 205-pound Mitchel might have been able to accomplish at OU in one year, not four. The Cornhuskers, stifled at the point of attack, were forced to kick a field goal. The game made local headlines as a homecoming for Hurricanes coach Jimmy Johnson who was an Oklahoma defensive line coach with Switzer from '70-'72 and went 0-5 against the Sooners as the Oklahoma State head coach. Four seasons later, Mitchel departs as a great disappointment. He's now labeled as one of the most gifted underachievers ever to attend OU. After struggling in the 1985 Orange Bowl to a scrappy Washington Huskies football team and letting any National Championship aspirations for that year disappear in a puff of smoke (and be awarded to the BYU Cougars, the nation's only undefeated college football team that year), the defending Big 8 Champion Sooners came into the 1985 season on a mission. "It's impossible for it to be all my fault," Mitchel said. Aikman, who had been six of eight passing for 131 yards, would be lost for the season. The Sooners had won 27-7. View the profiles of people named Eric Mitchell. Or write about sports? , On the game's third play, Oklahoma's All-American nose guard Tony Casillas went down with a sprained right knee. Switzer opted for Jamelle Holieway to replace injured Troy Aikman in 1985. , The home team struck quickly. "What good does it do getting sick over it now?". I was freaking out, driving trainers crazy.". Mitchel was a Parade high school All-American, but the All-America parade passed him by in college. Bosworth had nine tackles, Murphy sacked the quarterback twice, including the stopper on one of the goal line stands, and Casillas was all over the Nebraska backfield. , On their opening possession, Oklahoma reached into their bag of tricks and a handoff to Keith Jackson was flipped to Anthony Stafford, but linebacker Shane Conlan was ready for it, stuffing the play for a two-yard loss. When Eric Mitchel decided to play football for Oklahoma in 1985, the Sooners had landed a great talent. , Miami had lost their '85 opener to Florida, 35-23, before reeling off four straight wins against unranked opponents. , The Oklahoma defense was devastating, holding the nation's highest scoring offense without a point. All told, Mitchel has averaged 7.4 yards each time he carries a ball, yet he sits. In addition, the Sooners picked off three passes, and Texas was held to no first downs in the second half. This includes 44 players taken in the first round and five number one overall picks: Lee Roy Selmon in 1976, Billy Sims in 1980, Sam Bradford in 2010, Baker Mayfield in 2018, and Kyler Murray in 2019. As a matter of policy, Sports Reference only reports the results of games as played on the field. All rights reserved. Led by an aggressive and punishing defense (which later drew comparisons to their NFL counterpart Chicago Bears) and budding superstar quarterback sophomore Troy Aikman, the Sooners seemed poised for a run at the Orange Bowl and the National Championship. NAME: NewsOK has disabled the comments for this article. Mitchel arrived as a scintillating quarterback out of Pine Bluff, Ark. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. See our list of forfeits and vacated games for more details. "I had a lot of dreams," Mitchel said. On their second possession of the game, Oklahoma was faced with a second down-and-six at its 12, and they ran a tight end reverse. "It's just a game. It doesn't really matter at this point. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. 2 OU 14-7 win over Texas." Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Sunday, October 18, 6:54AM. Lining up behind the group was the menacing Brian Bosworth, with fellow linebackers Paul Migliazzo and Dante Jones (another talented sophomore). Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. Historical OU football, basketball, baseball, and softball scores, records, and stats "I've stopped depending on other people. Those siding with Mitchel claim he never was given a chance. Instead, Mitchel played quarterback his first two seasons (700 yards rushing, 223 passing), then was switched to halfback (593 rushing, 0 passing). Join Facebook to connect with Eric Mitchell and others you may know. , The game was very close, and remained a defensive struggle into the 4th quarter, but Oklahoma proved to be too much for the Lions, particularly after it was announced at the half that Tennessee was pounding Miami to the tune of 28-7 in the Sugar Bowl. , Testaverde and company took over, scorching the Oklahoma secondary with 270 yards passing and the 'Canes rambled for 105 on the ground. In three games, the defense had allowed only 16 first downs and had permitted an average of 6.6 points per game. Brown led the Miami defensive effort with 16 tackles, a blocked field goal, and the sack on Aikman. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. A non-limping Mitchel returned to practice the next day. "I'm not going to rant and rave if I don't play," Mitchel said. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. As it has been throughout his OU career, Mitchel's attitude was questioned. Alonzo Highsmith and Melvin Bratton lined up in the backfield, and the acrobatics of top-flight wide receivers Michael Irvin and Brian Blades helped the team average 36.2 points per game. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. The Sooners' offense didn't have a banner day in the 80th edition of the Red River Rivalry although they still rolled up 220 yards rushing and Troy Aikman completed four of nine passes for 67 yards. The Hurricanes were the nation's top offensive team, and they were sporting a pro-style passing attack, orchestrated by junior quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who had backed up Bernie Kosar the last time the Hurricanes had won the National Championship. And on the other side, pressed into duty as a true freshman, Holieway had rushed for only 57 yards on 17 carries and attempted just six passes. This high-powered offense was led by fullback Tom Rathman, one of the best in Nebraska history who had rushed for over 800 yards that season. Mitchel shrugs back. Find out more. Mitchel watched him do it and has been little more than a spectator ever since. , Earlier in the day, UCLA had crushed #4 Iowa 45-28 in the Rose Bowl. "I'm 21 years old and never been injured before. 2020 Oklahoma election voter guide: Everything you need to know before Election Day. The Sooners held the Longhorns to just 70 yards in total offense, 17 on the ground for an average of less than half a yard per their 35 carries, and just four first downs.
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