The AFCA announced today that Oklahoma State would be awarded the national championship for the 1945 college football season.
Oklahoma State, then Oklahoma A&M, was awarded their first college football national championship today by the American Football Coaches Association.
Todd Berry, AFCA executive director had this to say, per the official AFCA website:
“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.
The retroactive championship comes on the heels of the AFCA establishing an expert commission of coaches to award the Coaches' Trophies to teams between 1922 and 1949 (the year before the Coaches' poll was established). The panel of coaches was responsible for deciding which schools deserved national title consideration each of those years through a rigorous research and selection process.
The 1945 Oklahoma State squad finished 9-0 and ended the year with a win over St. Mary's in the Sugar Bowl. It still holds school records in fewest points allowed, fewest first downs allowed, fewest rushing yards allowed and fewest yards allowed per game.
OSU now boasts 56 team national championships, trailing only UCLA, USC and Stanford among Division I schools.