1976 Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma 41, Wyoming 7
Offensive Player of the Game: Thomas Lott, Oklahoma
Defensive Player of the Game: Terry Peters, Oklahoma
Head Coaches: Barry Switzer, Oklahoma - Fred Akers, Wyoming
Payout Per Team: $217,277.61
The 1976 Fiesta Bowl was the case of the bully beating up on the new kid in town.
Wyoming, just happened to be on the receiving end.
The Sooners were unstoppable in every facet of the game and rolled to a 41-7 victory before a crowd of 48,714.
In the overused cliche, the score really was closer than it looked. Oklahoma jumped ahead 41-0 and most of the Sooner starters were taking off their pads midway through the third quarter.
Wyoming did manage to get on the scoreboard, as Latrail Jones slithered in from one-yard out with just 24 seconds left in the game. By that time it was all but over.
The Sooners jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play, racking up 139 yards, all on the ground, while Wyoming was held to just three total yards.
Elvis Peacock opened the scoring on a three-yard run, while Horace Ivory added a four-yard TD scamper. Uwe Von Schamann added two second quarter field goals, one from 50 yards out, to give Oklahoma a 20-0 halftime lead.
Peacock added a 15-yard TD dash in the third quarter, while George Cumby and Woodie Shephard capped the Sooner scoring explosion, on four and eight yard runs, respectively.
In all, Oklahoma gained 415 yards on the ground, as 15 different players had the opportunity to carry the football. Quarterback Thomas Lott, who gained 79 yards on 13 carries, was named the offensive player of the game.
Oklahoma quarterbacks attempted only five passes on the day, while Sooner defenders had a field day, coming up with five interceptions.
The Sooners’ Terry Peters picked off two passes, tying a Fiesta Bowl record, and earned defensive player of the game honors in the process.