Oklahoma fought back a valiant effort by the Cornhuskers to dethrone the No. 1 ranked Sooners as OU defeated Nebraska 28-14.
Played before 76,636, the largest crowd ever to see a football game in Lincoln, Oklahoma fought NU to a 7-7 halftime deadlock.
Nebraska took the lead at 14-7 with 11:44 left in the third period when quarterback Dave Humm pitched to I-back John O'Leary. What looked like an ordinary sweep turned into a razzle-dazzle score because O'Leary passed back to Humm for an 11-yard touchdown toss.
Lightning again struck for the Huskers, as Oklahoma fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Nebraska recovered on the OU 15. But a great opportunity fizzled as Mike Coyle missed a 21-yard field goal attempt. After that, Nebraska never seemed the same as OU tied the score on its next possession and scored twice more in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma didn't gain a yard through the air but amassed 482 yards on the ground. Three Sooners, fullback Jim Littrell (147), halfback Joe Washington (142) and quarterback Steve Davis, all gained over 100 yards.
Nebraska finished the 1974 season with an overall record of 8-3 and a conference record of 5-2, good for a second-place Big 8 tie with Missouri.
SOONERSTATS.COM | SERIES HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Nov. 23, 1974
Oklahoma 0 7 7 14 — 28
Nebraska 0 7 7 0 — 14
OU — Steve Davis (10, run; Tony DiRienzo kick), 11:24
NU — Chuck Malito (38, pass from Dave Humm;
Mike Coyle kick), 7:48
NU — Humm (11, pass from John O'Leary; Coyle kick), 11:44
OU — Joe Washington (4, run; DiRienzo kick), 4:57
OU — Elvis Peacock (1, run; DiRienzo kick), 13:21
OU — Davis (4, run; DiRienzo kick), 8:36
First Downs ................. 17 28
Rushing, Net ............... 187 482
Passes, Comp-Att-Int ... 14-30-4 0-2-0
Passing, Net ............... 179 0
Total Offense .............. 366 482
LEADING NU RUSHER: John O'Leary 72.
LEADING NU PASSER: Dave Humm 13-28-3 — 168.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Dave Humm 197.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Dave Humm.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Tom Ruud.