Last-minute Sooner kick dooms Huskers
Oklahoma’s Sooners and Owen Field once again proved a Cornhusker jinx as Nebraska lost its bid for a second straight perfect season, 10-9.
A national TV crowd, plus 41,000 Thanksgiving Day Turkey deserters, saw Mike Vachon kick a 14-yard field goal with 48 seconds left to upset the No. 4 ranked Cornhuskers. It was Oklahoma that issued the only other regular season loss in the past three years — a 17-7 affair in the last game of 1964.
Nebraska, while moving the ball well on the ground, couldn’t quite get a TD in the first half. Larry Wachholtz put the Huskers ahead, 3-0, with the eighth field goal of his career (Nebraska record) in the second quarter, but the Sooners took a 7-3 halftime lead on a 48-yard pass from Bob Warmack to Eddie Hinton.
Nebraska took a 9-7 lead in the third quarter, driving 80 yards in 12 plays, with Dick Davis scoring. Wachholtz’s PAT try was blocked after a bad snap was fumbled, and what was a would-be tying point went by the boards.
Nebraska outrushed the Sooners, 278-194, but the Sooners hit four of four passes for 104 yards, while the Huskers’ Bobby Churchich hit 7 of 15 for 76.
Oklahoma kept the Husker attack off balance with three interceptions, the first killing an early NU drive at the OU 13. Husker Ben Gregory, in a great performance of power running, piled up 109 on the ground.
Both teams had scoring chances killed by fine defense; both teams turned in some outstanding offensive plays. But the Sooners battled through for a well-earned upset to send Nebraska against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl with a 9-1 record.