Sooners upset Huskers with late scores
Oklahoma’s powerful Sooners, playing near-perfect football, ruined Nebraska’s hopes for an undefeated season by registering two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 17-7 victory.
Oklahoma drew first blood on a 23-yard field goal by Ralph Metcalf, but the Huskers retaliated with a 56-yard Bob Churchich-to-Freeman White touchdown combo for a 7-3 lead. This held up from midway in the second period until only 6:16 remained in the game.
That’s when the Sooners capped a 24-play, 88-yard drive to go ahead 10-7. After a pass interception, Oklahoma’s Larry Brown scooted 48 yards to wrap up the upset with 3:11 left in the game.
Nebraska’s loss snapped the nation’s longest winning streak at 16, but the Cornhuskers gained sole possession of the Big Eight title for the second straight year when Missouri defeated Kansas.
The Cornhuskers wound up 9-1 for the year and 6-1 in the Big Eight, nabbing No. 6 in the final AP and UPI polls.
• Oklahoma’s go-ahead drive consumed 11:29 of the third and fourth quarters, and all 24 plays were runs. There were three fourth-down conversions, including a fourth-and-3 from the Nebraska 8. “No one’s generated a drive on us quite as convincing as that one,” Nebraska head coach Bob Devaney said afterward.
• The 268 rushing yards surrendered by Nebraska was a season high, and the Huskers’ 86 yards on the ground amounted to a season low.
Recap source: 1965 NU media guide
Freeman White sprints down the sideline en route to the Huskers’ only touchdown. · Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com