SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Steve Davis, Oklahoma’s starting quarterback when it won back-to-back national championships in the 1970s, was one of two people killed when a small aircraft smashed into three homes in northern Indiana, officials said Monday. …
“We lost a great Sooner,” Tinker Owens, a receiver who played with Davis, said in a text to The Oklahoman. “Sad news.” …
Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners’ starter from 1973 to 1975, starting every game of Barry Switzer’s first three seasons as head coach. Oklahoma tied Southern Cal in the second game of the 1973 season, then ran off 28 straight victories with Davis under center. The Sooners went 11-0 in 1974, then won the national title again the following year after going 11-1.
Davis’ school records for consecutive starts (34) and career victories (32) were surpassed only last season by Landry Jones, who started every game the past three seasons plus most of 2009. …
Trotter: Steve Davis Beat The Odds Steve Davis almost never played for Oklahoma. After another player switched his commitment to Colorado, Davis was given OU’s last scholarship. The rest is national championship history, writes Jake Trotter. Story
Steve Davis’ Career at a Glance
Steve Davis ran the wishbone to perfection, leading the Big 8 in rushing touchdowns as a sophomore in 1973 with 18 and in combined rushing-passing TDs in 1973 and ’74 with a combined 47. His career stats from 1973-75: