OU beats Tennessee!
1968 ORANGE BOWL
A 43-yard field goal attempt by Tennessee’s Karl Kremser with seven seconds left sailed wide right, leaving Oklahoma with a narrow 26-24 Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma.
The miss saved Oklahoma first-year coach Chuck Fairbanks from being the game’s goat after he made a coaching miscue minutes earlier.
Facing fourth and one from his own 43-yard line with 1:54 left, Fairbanks gambled and went for the first down. The ball was given to tailback Steve Owens, who was met by blitzing Vol linebacker Jack Reynolds before he could take a step. The Sooners, after watching a 19-0 halftime lead disappear, turned the ball over to the Volunteers on downs.
Tennessee, which scored all 24 of its points in the second half, worked it into field goal range before Kremser missed.
Oklahoma’s offense came out steaming in the first half, getting three touchdowns on a 7-yard run by MVP Bob Warmack, a 20-yard pass from Warmack to Eddie Hinton and a 1-yard Owens’ run.
Tennessee came alive in the third, ignited by Jimmy Glover’s 36-yard interception return for six points. That was followed by a 5-yard Fulton scoring run and a Kremser field goal that closed it to 19-17.
Oklahoma’s Bob Stephenson briefly broke the momentum with a 25-yard interception return that made it 26-17, but Tennessee countered with a late 1-yard run by Dewey Warren.
First Downs 18 18
Rushing Attempts 50 44
Rushing Yards 203 172
Passes Attempted 18 24
Passes Completed 9 12
Had Intercepted 2 3
Passing Yards 107 160
Total Offense 310 332
Punting/Avg. 5/47.0 2/32.0
Fumbles/Lost 0/0 1/1
Penalties/Yards 2/10 4/27
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Oklahoma 7 12 0 7 26
Tennessee 0 0 14 10 24
OU: Warmack 7 run (Vachon kick); OU: Hinton 20 pass from Warmack (kick failed); OU: Owens 1 run (run failed); UT: Glover 36 interception return (Kremser kick); UT: Fulton 5 run (Kremser kick); OU: Stephenson 23 interception return (Vachon kick); UT: Kremser 26 FG; UT: Warren 1 run (Kremser kick)…MVP: Bob Warmack (Oklahoma)