Sooners crush Huskers, claim Orange Bowl berth
The Big Eight title and an Orange Bowl bid were at stake as the Cornhuskers and Sooners squared off in the NU finale. And it was Bud Wilkinson’s Sooners who completely crushed Nebraska’s hopes with a convincing 34-6 victory.
The Sooners capitalized on a blocked punt in the first period and took a 14-0 lead just before the half to ice the victory. Nebraska’s offensive plans were stifled by the rugged OU line, as the Huskers were held to a season-low 68 yards rushing.
Sooner Monte Deere had a great day, passing for three back-breaking TDs, including a second-quarter play in which he pitched to Joe Don Looney, who lateraled back to Deere, who then threw to a leaping John Porterfield in the corner of the end zone.
- The Sooners’ surprise aerial tactics had Husker coach Bob Devaney grousing: “We were concerned with their running game; we should have shot the air out of the football.”
- Sooner end John Flynn blocked Jim Baffico’s punt to set up OU at the Nebraska 1 yard line for Oklahoma’s first score, and he made a great catch directly over his head to set up a third-quarter touchdown.
- NU entered the game as the nation’s fifth-leading rushing team at 265.2 yards per game but could manage only about one-fourth that.
- Nebraska’s touchdown, coming on a 72-yard drive, marked the first points scored on Oklahoma in 21 quarters, stretching back to the Sooners’ Oct. 20 game against Kansas.
- The Huskers assumed their season was over. Nebraska’s invitation to the Gotham Bowl would not officially be made until Dec. 3.
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