Ex-Oklahoma QB killed in plane crash in Indiana


by Associated Press


Posted on March 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A University of Oklahoma official says the starting quarterback for Oklahoma's national championship teams in 1974 and 1975 is one of two men killed when a small plane slammed into a house in northern Indiana.

   St. Joseph County Coroner Randy Magdalinski identified the victims of Sunday's crash as 60-year-old Steven Davis and 58-year-old Wesley Caves, both of Tulsa, Okla.

   The OU official confirms that Davis is a former Sooners star. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the school has not yet announced his death.

   Davis went 32-1-1 as the Sooners' starter from 1973 to 1975 and started every game of Barry Switzer's first three seasons as head coach.

   Caves owned the plane. It was not immediately clear if Caves was piloting when the plane crashed in South Bend.

 SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- The pastor of Steve Davis says the former Oklahoma quarterback who died in a northern Indiana plane crash "loved to fly."

   Pastor Deron Spoo at First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Okla., did not know the connection between Davis and Wesley Caves, the man who owned the twin jet that crashed Sunday in a South Bend neighborhood. Caves also died.

   Spoo said of Davis: "He absolutely loved getting in the air."

   Spoo also said Davis had a "very deep faith" and was committed to the church.

   He said Davis had joined the about 3,600-member congregation a couple of decades ago, but that Davis' travels and work took him elsewhere.

   Spoo also said that in the last few years, Davis had become more active in the church.