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A 68-yard touchdown run by Bill “Thunder” Thornton and a 28-yard field goal by Ron Meade in the final quarter led Nebraska to a 17-14 win over Oklahoma.

Meade came off the bench with 1:38 left in the game and booted the ball through the uprights to upset the Sooners. Thornton, a 185-pound alternate sophomore fullback, scored twice in the second half for the Cornhuskers, who trailed 14-0 at intermission.

The Sooners took just five minutes to score after the opening kickoff, moving 81 yards in 12 plays. Halfback Mike McClellan got the touchdown on a 23-yard run.

Oklahoma scored again early in the second quarter when Jimmy Carpenter tossed a long pass to end Ronnie Payne, who caught the ball at the 15 and sped into the end zone. The play covered 49 yards.

Midway into the third quarter, Nebraska drove 54 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown, scored by Thornton on a one-yard dive. Quarterback Pat Fischer provided two points on a run around right end from a fake kick formation.

In the fourth quarter came Thornton“'”s long scoring run on a burst through the center. He bowled over blitzing OU defensive back Monte Deere, who recalled afterward, “Nobody blocked me. He just flat ran over me.” Payne blocked the Cornhuskers' extra-point kick, leaving the game tied, 14-14, until Meade booted the go-ahead field goal in the final two minutes.

It was the second time for Meade to come through with heroics against the Sooners. Last year, Meade kicked two field goals as the Cornhuskers edged the Sooners 25-21 for OU’s first conference loss in 75 games. This year’s Sooners, however, entered the game on a different sort of streak: It was OU’s fourth consecutive conference loss.

1960 Thunder Thornton run against Oklahoma
Thornton breaks through the line on his 68-yarder.
Nebraska 17
Oklahoma 14

Nov. 19, 1960
Norman, OK
Nebraska      0    0    8    9   --   17
Oklahoma      7    7    0    0   --   14

First quarter
OU - Mike McClellan 23 run (Karl Milstead
Second quarter
OU - Ronnie Payne 49 pass from Jimmy
     Carpenter (Milstead kick)
Third quarter
NU - Bill Thornton 1 run (Pat Fischer run)
Fourth quarter
NU - Thornton 68 run (kick blocked)
NU - Ron Meade 28 field goal

                     NU       OU
First downs          15       16
 Rushing             14       12
 Passing              1        4
 Penalty              0        0
Rushing yards    58-277   59-223
Passing yards        18       86
 Comp-Att-Int     2-6-0    5-9-0
Total offense    64-295   68-309
Punts            4-25.0   3-46.6
Fumbles lost          1        5
Yards penalized      20       25

Attendance: 42,701

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