Oklahoma 34
Nebraska 6

Nov. 24, 1962
Owen Field | Norman, OK
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 0 0 6 0 6
Oklahoma 7 7 14 6 34
First quarter
OU: Jim Grisham 1 run (Butch Metcalf kick) 12:20
Second quarter
OU: John Porterfield 22 pass from Monte Deere (Metcalf kick) 1:22
Third quarter
OU: Porterfield 24 pass from Deere (Metcalf kick) 8:18
OU: Allen Bumbgardner 26 pass from Deere (Metcalf kick) 3:12
NU: Mike Eger 11 pass from Dennis Claridge (pass failed) 0:00
Fourth quarter
OU: Gary Wylie 14 pass from Norman Smith (PAT failed) 0:26

                      NU       OU
First downs ......... 11       20
Rushing yards .... 32-68   50-191
Passing yards ...... 130      182
  Comp-Att-Int ..10-25-1   9-15-1
Total offense ... 57-198   65-373
Punts ........... 9-36.0   7-41.6
Fumbles lost ......... 0        0
Yards penalized ..... 19       50

Attendance: 58,268

NU: Thornton 11-32; Stuewe 3-14; McCloughan 3-14; Powers 2-10; Johnson 2-2; Martin 1-1, Ross 2-1; Theisen 1-(-2); Claridge 7-(-4).

OU: Grisham 19-98; Lear 5-27; Dempsey 5-21; Looney 10-19; Deere 7-15; Page 1-5; Skidgel 1-2; Lea 2-1.

NU: Claridge 10-23-1 130 yds, O TD
    Bonistall 0-1-0 0 yards, 0 TD
    Theisen 0-1-0 0 yards, 0 TD
OU: Deere 8-12-0 168 yds, 3 TD
    Smith 1-2-0 14 yds, 1 TD
    Looney 0-1-1 0 yds, 0 TD

NU: Eger 4-42; Ross 2-27; Comstock 1-20; Johnson 1-20; Callahan 1-14; Powers 1-7.  
OU: Porterfield 3-45; Flynn 1-40; Looney 3-31; Bumgardner 1-26; McCurdy 1-26; Wylie 1-14.

quotes (1K)Behind the gloom of the moment reposed the pleasant truth that Nebraska had just concluded its most successful season in 22 years.” Wally Provost, Omaha World-Herald


Recap & links

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.

H’MAX NOTES: 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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