Thirty years ago today, September 27, 1980 at Owen Field in Norman Oklahoma, Stanford's sensational sophomore quarterback John Elway threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns (one rocketing right through the grasp of a Sooner linebacker into the hands of all-conference receiver Andre Tyler) as the unranked Cardinal upset No. 4-Oklahoma on a soggy rain-soaked afternoon in front of a stunned, disbelieving home crowd unccustomed to getting their covered wagons torched. Stanford took a 31-0 lead midway through the third quarter before the Sooners finally scored. Elway was superb, sophomore running back Mike Dotterer filled in admirably for injured junior Darrin Nelson. Defensive coordinator Jack Harbaugh inspired one of the finest performances in Stanford Football history, pitching a shut-out until the game had been long decided.
OU, led by wishbone QB and future U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts, lost five lost fumbles and the wet conditions may well have caused a couple of them. Sorry Sooners, that was Stanford's day in the sun, er..... rain!
It was one of the happiest moments in the sometimes snake-bitten head coaching career of two-time All-American and Stanford Hall of Fame defensive lineman Paul Wiggin (1980-1983). Wiggin is one of the classiest men ever to stand on the Stanford sidelines and we should not forget the honor he brought and continues to this day to bring to our school and our porgram.
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