Oklahoma State Gets a National Championship in Football, 71 Years Later

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Oklahoma State’s football team won a national championship on Thursday, October 13.

It comes 71 years after they completed their only unbeaten season in 1945.

The American Football Coaches Association put together a commission to award national championships for the seasons before the coaches poll came into being in 1950.

“After gathering all the pertinent information and doing our due diligence, it is the pleasure of our Blue Ribbon Commission of coaches to officially recognize Oklahoma State’s 1945 championship season with the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy,” said AFCA executive director Todd Berry.

Oklahoma State is the first school to win the retroactive title.

OSU was known as Oklahoma A&M back then, and went 9-0, beating St. Mary’s in the Sugar Bowl that season.

The Aggies, coached by Jim Lookabaugh,  finished fifth in the final Associated Press poll that season, with unbeaten Army the number one team in the AP poll.

A&M was led by halfback Bob Fenimore, who was named All-America for the second straight season, leading the nation in both total offense and rushing.