The 53,543 fans who gathered in the Astrodome on New Year's Eve night for the 1968 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl comprised what at the time was the largest crowd ever to see a football game played indoors. They also witnessed one of the most exciting college bowl games ever as SMU and Oklahoma combined to score 35 points in the fourth quarter before the game was decided.
OU scored on its first possession of the game when Bob Warmack carried on a sweep to the right for an eight-yard touchdown. Warmack's touchdown stood as the game's only score until the third quarter when Mike Richardson scored for SMU on a one-yard dive. The Sooners retaliated by driving 80 yards and scoring on a 21-yard pass from Steve Owens to Johnny Barr.
The fireworks began in the fourth quarter when SMU's Chuck Hixson connected with Jerry LeVias for an 11-yard scoring pass to tie the game at 14-14. Richardson scored his second touchdown with 7:35 left in the contest to give the Mustangs a 21-14 lead. After OU answered with a touchdown to tie the game, SMU linebacker Bruce Portillo intercepted a Sooner pass on the OU 22. Hixson put SMU on top, 28-21, after a 19-yard pass to Ken Fleming with just three minutes remaining. After driving the length of the fi eld, Oklahoma cut the Mustang lead to 28-27 when Barr caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Mickey Ripley with 1:16 left. SMU held on to the lead when Ripley was stopped short of the goal line on the Sooners' two-point conversion attempt.
|SMU||0||0||6||22|| -|| 28|
|Oklahoma|| 7 ||0||7||13||-||27|
Oklahoma - Bob Warmack 3 run (Derr kick)
SMU - Mike Richardson 1 run
Oklahoma - Johnny Barr 21 pass from Steve Owens (Derr kick)
SMU - J. LeVias 11 pass from Hixson (P. Clements pass from Hixson)
SMU - Mike Richardson 18 run (Bicky Lesser kick)
Oklahoma - Bo Denton 22 pass from Mickey Ripley (Derr kick)
SMU - Ken Fleming 19 pass from Chuck Hixson (Lesser kick)
Oklahoma - Johnny Barr 21 pass from Mickey Ripley (run failed)
|Team Statistics|| SMU||Oklahoma|
Rushing: SMU - Richardson 18-76; Oklahoma - Owens 36-113
Passing: SMU - Hixson 22-43-281; Oklahoma - Berry 11-26-146
Receiving: SMU - LeVias 8-112; Oklahoma - Barr 8-138