Spencer Rattler passed the touchdown and ran to another touchdown. Third Oklahoma defeated Nebraska 23-16 on Saturday.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Game of the Century, the team rewarded nostalgic fans in a competitive contest, with the 1st Nebraska defeating the 2nd Oklahoma 35-31 in 1971.
In the first meeting between rivals of previous meetings since 2010, Nebraska dragged the ball with a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining and no timeout. The Cornhuskers couldn’t manage the first down.
Eric Gray ran 84 yards with a 15-carry and Kennedy Brooks added 75 yards in 14 attempts by the Snurs (3-0).
Adrian Martinez passed 289 yards and touched down to Nebraska (2-2). Nebraska has been trying to win their first victory over the teams ranked since 2015.
Oklahoma started with an old-fashioned 14-play, 75-yard drive. Ratler sneaked in from 1 and gave the Snurs a 7-0 lead.
Nebraska responded with a 14-play drive, but the Huskers derailed with four penalties. Connor Calpe’s long career, a 51-yard field goal, put the Cornhuskers on board.
In the third quarter, Mario Williams of Oklahoma caught the pitch and threw it backwards to Ratler, who found Marvin Mims open with a gain of 23 yards. When Ratler found Jeremiah Hole in the end zone of a one-yard touchdown pass, the Snurs cashed in and took a 14-3 lead.
Nebraska seemed to gain momentum when Martinez scored from a distance of four yards. A large number of Nebraska visitors yelled, followed by a loud “Go Big Red” chanting, with eight seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Oklahoma reacted immediately. Isaiah Coe blocked the additional points and Pat Fields returned 100 yards with 2 points. This was the first blocked 2-point conversion additional point return in Oklahoma since Zack Sanchez returned to TCU once in 2013.
Brooks scored a two-yard run at the beginning of the fourth quarter, with additional points raising the Snurs to 23-9.
Martinez completed a 55-yard pass to Xavier Betts, and a penalty of 15-yard sportsmanship against the Oklahoma sideline was tacked to steal the ball from Nebraska 13 to Oklahoma 17. Down drowned out the threat.
Nebraska eventually took ownership in a good field position, and Martinez found Omarmanning on a 21-yard touchdown pass. The extra points cut Oklahoma’s lead to 23-16 and played at 5:38.
Nebraska: The Cornhuskers fought bravely and the defense gave another solid performance. Nebraska allowed Fordham 7 points and Buffalo 3 points in the previous two games.
Oklahoma: Sooners made another strong defense a week after shutting out Western Carolina 76-0. Oklahoma kept the Cornhuskers down to 384 yards, and the Snurs went through undefeated unconference play.
Impact on polls
Oklahoma will not lose a lot of ground even if the game is closer than the expected 3-touch spread.
Nebraska will visit Michigan on Saturday to begin playing Big Ten.
Oklahoma will open the Big 12 Slate by hosting West Virginia on Saturday.
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