No. 6 Oklahoma rolls Nebraska at home , 49-14
(WOWT) - The Huskers welcome the Sooners to Lincoln for the first time since 2009. Today’s match-up is the first game with interim head coach Mickey Joseph at the helm for Nebraska.
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Huskers hold Oklahoma on the Sooners’ opening drive that featured a sack from linebacker Luke Reimer for a loss of four yards.
On Nebraska’s first possession, quarterback Casey Thompson connects with wide receiver Trey Palmer for a 32-yard touchdown, capping off a six-play 77-yard drive in under two minutes. Nebraska takes the early lead, 7-0.
Oklahoma responds with 61-yard touchdown run from quarterback Dillion Gabriel to knot the game at 7. Later in the first, Sooners knocking on the door Gabriel tosses a 25-yard TD pass to receiver Jalil Farooq. OU goes ahead 14-7.
To start off the second quarter, Sooners running back Marcus Major punches it in from 1 yard out. OU jumps out to a 21-7 lead. On their nest possession, tight end Brayden Willis connects with Major for his first receiving touchdown of his career. Oklahoma goes up 28-7.
Huskers move 55 yards to inside the Sooners’ 20-yard line, but OU stops the Huskers on 4th-and-2. OU takes over at their own 18 yard line.
Ensuing possession, Husker defense comes up with a stop on 3rd-and-10 with the help of defensive lineman Ty Robinson. Sooners kicker Zach Schmit misses the 39-yard field goal to keep the score at 28-7, OU.
Nebraska with the ball, linebacker DaShaun White is disqualified for targeting after a quarterback hurry on Thompson.
Oklahoma responds by sending their third different rusher this game into the endzone, as running back Eric Gray scores a 16-yard touchdown to put OU up 35-7.
Oklahoma goes into halftime up 35-7, scoring 35 unanswered points. The Sooners defense doing just as much damage as its offense, sacking Thompson 4 times for 32 yards and recording 8 TFLs for a total of 46 yards.
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To open up the second half, Palmer fumbles and linebacker Jaren Kanak recovers at Nebraska’s 46 yard line. Sooners back with the ball, Gray rushes up the middle for a 21-yard score for his second touchdown on the day. Oklahoma extends its lead, 42-7.
Later in the third, Gabriel finds receiver Theo Wease Jr. for a 15-yard touchdown. It’s the third straight possession in which Oklahoma has scored. Sooners go up 49-7.
With under four minutes in the third quarter, quarterback Davis Beville fumbles and edge Garrett Nelson recovers the ball at the Huskers 24.
Late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Chubba Purdy runs it in for an 8-yard score. Huskers add to the board for the first time since their first possession of the game. Oklahoma still ahead, 49-14.
Purdy’s touchdown run marks the end of all scoring in the game. Oklahoma wins the 88th “Battle of the Big Reds,” 49-14. Joseph is now 0-1 as head coach.
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