THE FAST BREAK
The second half of the game saw the Oklahoma line unleash its full power and speed. As these clips from the official Maryland movie show, the Sooners' fast break from the huddle, their quick snap of the ball and lightninglike charge repeatedly caught Maryland's forwards off-balance and thrust the whole line back four to five yards. Here the second team goes into action in the third period, after the Sooners' first touchdown. Quarterback Jay O'Neal (17) takes the ball (top), with the team in split-T formation. He takes a few steps to his right as the Sooners' line and backfield charge, then dives between right guard and tackle as hole opens well beyond line of scrimmage.
THE CRITICAL PASS
It was the play diagramed in SI's bowl games preview (above), which, in the words of Bud Wilkinson, was the turning point of the game. In the third quarter, Quarterback Jim Harris (15) faked (top) to Fullback Billy Pricer, then pitched back to Left Half Tommy McDonald (25). McDonald (second picture) passed to Right Half Bob Burris (40), who had gone through the line and cut to his right. The third picture shows the ball in midair; the fourth at the instant when Burris caught it. In the fifth, Burris is seen thwarting a tackle with a hard shoulder block. Terp Center Bob Pellegrini (50) is close behind (sixth picture) and makes the tackle at Maryland's seven (seventh picture). From here the Sooners went on to their first touchdown.