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Coach Tom Osborne's Cornhuskers survived two early Oklahoma scares and went on to ease years of frustration with a 37-14 win on the Sooners' home turf that sent the Huskers to Miami with an unbeaten Big Eight record.

It looked like a familiar script at first, when the Sooners went 80 yards in six plays after the opening kickoff to take a 7-0 lead. OU was moving again after a Husker field goal, but was stopped by the first of five fumbles, and when Nebraska scored TDs on its next three possessions to take a 24-7 halftime lead, the game was all but decided.

With quarterback Turner Gill out, Mark Mauer filled in with a classic performance. Much-maligned early in the season, Maurer completed 11 of 16 passes vs. the Sooners for 148 yards and one TD, and directed a Husker offense that out-rushed the vaunted OU wishbone for the second-straight year, 314-277.

Nebraska 37
Oklahoma 14

Nov. 21, 1981
Norman, OK
Nebraska       10    14    10     3    —   37 
Oklahoma        7     0     7     0    —   14

1st quarter
OU — Buster Rhymes 20 run (Michael Keeling kick)
NU — FG Eddie Neil 38
NU — Roger Craig 19 run (Kevin Seibel kick]
2nd quarter
NU — Phil Bates 16 run (Seibel kick)
NU — Mitch Krenk 6 pass from Mark Mauer (Seibel kick) 
3rd quarter
OU — Darrell Shepard 1 run (Keeling kick)
NU — FG Neil 37
NU — Bates 2 run (Seibel kick]
4th quarter
NU — FG Neil 24
A—74,807

                         NU        OU 
First downs              27        21 
Rushes-yards         63-314    53-277 
Passing yards           148        73 
  Comp-Att-Int      11-18-1    6-15-0
Total offense        81-462    68-350
Return yards             28         9 
Punts                3-34.3    4-40.5 
Fumbles-lost            0-0       5-3 
Penalties-yards        7-65      2-32 
Time of possession    33:00     27:00
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing
Nebraska, Mike Rozier 24-105, Craig 18-102, Bates 12-75.
Oklahoma, Stanley Wilson 21-164, Shepard 15-57, Alvin Ross 9-34
Passing
Nebraska, Mauer 11-16-1-148.
Oklahoma, Shepard 3-6-0-39, Kelly Phelps 3-9-0-34.
Receiving
Nebraska, Krenk 3-35, Rozier 2-52, Anthony Steels 2-30.
Oklahoma, Paul Clewis 2-31, Wilson 2-22.
 
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