The Oklahoma Sooners and the Greatest Winning Streak in College Football
By Jim Dent
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9780312266561, 336pp.)
Publication Date: September 2001
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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For three perfect seasons (1954-1956), the Oklahoma Sooners won every football game they played - home or away - and over the course of five years they won 47 straight games. This awesome record was the product of a genius and masterful coach named Bud Wilkinson and the spirited young men he led. The Undefeated will detail all the thrilling action on the field during this record winning streak, but it will also reveal all the behind-the-scenes tumult and pressure swirling around it. Dent presents an absorbing character study of the brilliant, complex coach who engineered it all - Bud Wilkinson, the on-field genius whoses starched-shirt public persona hid a man of many secrets and an in-depth look at a state and its people still suffering from a Depression hangover and an identity crisis, who took up the Sooners football banner almost as a religious cause. Through it all, the young men who accomplished this amazing feat shine in vivid life.
Jim Dent is the author of the bestselling The Junction Boys. He has won several national and state awards for his reporting and writing. He lives in Oklahoma.
"...ranks with Cross' President's Can't Punt and Switzer's Bootlegger's Boy as the best books about the Sooner football phenomenon." - Berry Tramel, The Daily Oklahoman
"Like eavesdropping on the team bus, sports enthusiasts will enjoy reliving a time when college football was top national news." - Kirkus Reviews
"Wilkinson was certainly a winner. So is this book." - Sports Illustrated
"His Sooners come across as regular guys, 'humbled by droughts, tornadoes, Indian raids, floods, and the Dust Bowl.'" - The Wall Street Journal
"[A] fascinating account of an extraordinary athletic achievement that is unlikely to be approached, let alone equaled." - Booklist
"an absorbing character study of the young men who produced college football's most amazing winning streak." - College and Pro Football Newsweekly