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Oklahoma Championship Quarterback Davis Killed in Plane Crash

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Former University of Oklahoma Quarterback Steve Davis
University of Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis, left, and head coach Barry Switzer, right, stand on the sidelines during a game against Michigan the Orange Bowl in Miami on Jan. 1, 1976. Photographer: Rich Clarkson/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

March 18 (Bloomberg) -- Steve Davis, the quarterback on two national championship football teams at the University of Oklahoma, was one of two people killed in the crash of a small plane, the school said.

Davis, 60, and Wesley Caves, 58, died yesterday when their Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet crashed into a house in South Bend, Indiana, the Associated Press reported, citing the St. Joseph County Coroner’s office.

The cause of the crash is unknown, Mike Daigle, executive director of the St. Joseph County Airport Authority, told AP. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Pete Moris, a spokesman for Oklahoma football, confirmed Davis’s death and said the school plans to issue a statement.

The plane was owned by Caves, who had a pilot’s license, AP reported. Two other people aboard the plane survived the crash, while a woman who was injured on the ground was in fair condition, AP reported, citing Maggie Scroope, a South Bend Memorial Hospital spokeswoman. Scroope didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking additional details.

Davis went 32-1-1 as a starter for the Sooners from 1973 to 1975. He started every game during the first three seasons of coach Barry Switzer’s tenure at the Norman, Oklahoma-based school, leading the Sooners to national titles in 1974 and 1975.

“I’m saddened by the loss of Steve Davis,” Switzer said on his Twitter account. “Great role model for young people on & off the field. He was my 1st QB & had an outstanding career.”

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