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Rick Berns
Official recap
In a game between the 1978 Big 8 champions — Nebraska had defeated Oklahoma 17-14 a month earlier — Oklahoma this time came out on top and withstood a furious Nebraska fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Huskers, 31-24, in the Orange Bowl.

At the start of the fourth quarter, the Sooners were comfortably ahead 31-10, when the Huskers' charge began. Nebraska drove 78 yards in 15 plays, when senior I-back Rick Berns scored from the one yard line, with 9:12 left. Billy Todd's extra point was good, and Nebraska trailed 31-17.

On Oklahoma's next possession, Sooner senior quarterback Thomas Lott fumbled on the Oklahoma 42-yard line and the ball was recovered by Nebraska sophomore tackle David Clark, with 8:07 left.

The Huskers then drove 35 yards in eight plays — aided by an opening 15-yard gallop by junior I-back I.M. Hipp. Seven yards from the Sooner goal, Nebraska was faced with a fourth and one. Sophomore I-back Craig Johnson tried the middle but was stopped by OU linebacker George Cumby for no gain with 4:24 left. Time was beginning to run out.

The Cornhuskers had one more opportunity to score and put it to good use. Starting at the Nebraska 42 yard line with 2:21 remaining following a Sooner punt, the Cornhuskers drove 58 yards in 10 plays and scored on a one-yard toss from Sorley to Miller with :03 left.

Full recap here.

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Oklahoma 31
Nebraska 24

Jan. 1, 1979
Miami, FL
Nebraska    7    0    3   14  -  24
Oklahoma    7    7   17    0  -  31

First Quarter
NU — T. Smith 21 yard pass from Sorley (Todd kick) 8:29
OU — Sims 3 yard run (von Schamann kick) 0:01
Second Quarter
OU — Lott 3 yard run (von Schamann kick) 6:22
Third Quarter
OU — Sims 11 yard run (von Schamann kick) 13:30
OU — von Schamann 16 yard field goal 9:18
NU — Todd 31 yard field goal 4:24
OU — Lott 2 yard run (von Schamann kick) 0:15
Fourth Quarter
NU — Berns 1 yard run (Todd kick) 9:12
NU — Miller 2 yard pass from Sorley (Todd kick) 0:00
Attendance: 66,365

                               NU    OU
First Downs Rushing            16    14
First Downs Passing             9     1
First Downs by Penalty          2     2
TOTAL First Downs              27    17
Rushing Plays                  54    53
Yards Gained Rushing          223   297
Yards Lost Rushing              6     5
NET YARDS GAINED RUSHING      217   292
(Long Rushing Play)            18    38
Forward Passes Tried           31     3
Forward Passes Completed       18     2
YARDS GAINED PASSING          220    47
(Long Passing Play)            28    38
Total Offense                 437   339
Forward Passes Intercepted      0     2
YARDS INTERCEPTIONS RETURNED    0    66
Number of Punts                 2     3
AVERAGE YARDS PUNTS          37.5  39.3
YARDS RETURNED PUNTS            2     0
YARDS RETURNED KICK-OFFS       45    53
Fumbled                         0     1
Fumbles Lost                    0     1
Number Penalties                8     6
YARDS PENALIZED                96    50


RUSHING
NEBRASKA    Att.  Net   Ave.  TD
Berns........19    99   5.2    1
Hipp ........18    66   3.7    0
Sorley......  7    24   3.4    0
Wurth.......  2    10   5.0    0
Franklin....  3     9   3.0    0
Brown.......  1     7   7.0    0
Johnson  ...  3     6   2.0    0
TOTALS.......54   217   4.0    1
OKLAHOMA    Att.  Net   Ave.  TD
Simms  ......25   134   5.3    2
Lott ........14    74   5.3    1
King  .......11    65   5.9    0
Overstreet .. 3    19   6.3    0
TOTALS.......53   292   5.5    3


PASSING
NEBRASKA      Att. Com. Int. Yards  TD
Sorley........ 31   18    2   220    2
OKLAHOMA      Att. Com. Int. Yards  TD
Lott  ......... 3    2    0    47    0


PASS RECEIVING
NEBRASKA        No.    Yds.    TD
Miller .......... 3     49      1
T. Smith......... 3     62      1
Franklin......... 2     10      0
Wurth............ 1      5      0
Brown............ 5     43      0
Lockett.......... 1     22      0
Johnson ......... 1      3      0
Kotera........... 1     12      0
Hipp ............ 1     14      0
TOTALS...........18    220      2
OKLAHOMA        No.    Yds.    TD
Rhodes .......... 1     38      0
Kimball.......... 1      9      0
TOTALS........... 2     47      0


PUNTING
NEBRASKA         No.    Yds.   Avg.
Smith ..........   2      75   37.5
OKLAHOMA         No.    Yds.   Avg.
Ray ...........    3     118   39.3


ALL RETURNS
NEBRASKA        Punts   Kickoffs   Inter.
Johnson.....     0-0      2-22      0-0
Brown  ......    0-0      1-12      0-0
Miller......     0-0      1-11      0-0
Liegl.......     1-2      0-0       0-0
TOTALS  .....    1-2      4-45      0-0
OKLAHOMA        Punts   Kickoffs  Inter.
Rogers  ......   0-0      2-47      0-0
Anderson.....    0-0      1-6       0-0
Ray .......      0-0      1-0       0-0
TOTALS  .....    0-0      4-53      0-0


DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
                          Sacks-  Fum
NEBRASKA   Tac Asst  Int   Yds    Rec
Andrews     9    2    0     0      0
Dunning     7    3    0     0      0
Cole        6    3    0     0      0
Kunz        5    5    0     0      0
Pillen      5    2    0     0      0
Horn        5    1    0     0      0
Fischer     4    2    0     0      0
Hansen      3    1    0     0      0
Means       3    0    0     0      0
Nelson      1    1    0    1-1     0
Pensick     1    0    0     0      0
Weinmaster  1    0    0     0      0
Saalfeld    1    0    0     0      0
Cotton      1    0    0     0      0
Leroy       1    0    0     0      0
Clark       1    0    0     0      1
Gary        0    1    0     0      0
      
                          Sacks-  Fum
OKLAHOMA   Tac Asst  Int   Yds    Rec 
Kinlaw     11    0    0     0      0
Hunt       10    2    0     0      0
Goodman     6    2    0     0      0
Cumby       5    4    0     0      0
Banks       6    0    0     0      0
Dittman     5    0    0     0      0
Tabor       4    3    0    1-5     0
Lewis       4    1    0     0      0
Taylor      4    1    0     0      0
Jimerson    3    1    0     0      0
Ray         3    0    1     0      0
Babb        2    0    1     0      0
Burget      2    0    0     0      0
Taton       1    2    0     0      0
Mathis      1    1    0     0      0
Sanders     1    0    0     0      0
Lovelandy   1    0    0     0      0
Paul        1    0    0     0      0
Claphan     1    0    0     0      0
 
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