"We're proud of the progress that we've made in moving into the top 10," said athletic director Joe Castiglione. "The collective efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and staff should be applauded. Now, we look forward to moving even higher in pursuit of our goals."
OU finished 12th in 2009-10 and bested that by two positions this time around in the award presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports and USA Today.
The Sooners finished in that spot with 1,064.70 points, behind just one Big 12 school, Texas A&M, who was eighth with its score of 1,090.50.
Stanford won the event with a score of 1,550.25.
Every Big 12 school finished in the top 72, including No. 12 Texas, No. 32 Oklahoma State, No. 33 Nebraska, No. 35 Baylor, No. 41 Missouri, No. 48 Texas Tech, No. 58 Kansas State, No. 60 Iowa State, No. 66 Colorado and No. 72 Kansas.
All but three of OU's 21 teams advanced to postseason play.
Headlining that were the men's and women's gymnastics teams, who finished No. 3 nationally, a No. 4 finish by the women's track and field team, a fifth place finish by men's cross country, a Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl Championship by the football team, and a Women's College World Series appearance for the softball team.