Oklahoma 10
Nebraska 9

Nov. 24, 1966 • 2 p.m. Central
Owen Field •Norman, OK • ABC
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1966 Nebraska-Oklahoma photo GregoryBen Gregory picks up three yards before being stopped by OU’s Eugene Ross. · Lincoln Star · Newspapers.com

Second Quarter
NU: Larry Wachholtz 23 field goal, 9:55
OU: Eddie Hinton 48 pass from Bob Warmack
   (Mike Vachon kick) 1:58
Third Quarter
NU: Dick Davis 2 run (kick blocked) 4:29
Fourth Quarter
OU: Vachon 21 field goal 0:48

                           NU       OU
First downs ............   19       14
Rushing net ...........55-228   46-194
Passing net ............   76      104
  Comp-Att-Int ....... 7-15-3    4-4-0
Total offense ........ 70-304   50-298
Punt-Avg. ............ 3-28.6   2-39.0
Fumbles lost ...........    1        2
Yards penalized ........    0       10

Leading NU rusher: Ben Gregory 109.

Leading NU passer: Bob Churchich, 7 for 15, 76 yards.




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.

Pregame & team info
1966 schedule
05/14Whites 28, Reds 10
09/17TCUW 14-10
09/24Utah St.W 28-7
10/01@ Iowa St.W 12-6
10/08@ WisconsinW 31-3
10/15Kansas St.W 21-10
10/22@ ColoradoW 21-19
10/29MissouriW 35-0
11/05@ KansasW 24-13
11/12Oklahoma St.W 21-6
11/24@ OklahomaL 9-10
01/02AlabamaL 7-34
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