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No. 1 Sooners take over in second half, avert upset
The Cornhuskers put up a valiant attempt to dethrone the No. 1-ranked Sooners, but Oklahoma scored three touchdowns in the game’s final 20 minutes to pull out a 28-14 win.
Playing before 76,636, the largest crowd ever to see a football game in Lincoln, Nebraska fought to a 7-7 halftime deadlock with the Sooners, who were favored by two touchdowns.
Nebraska took the lead at 14-7 less than five minutes into the third period when quarterback Dave Humm pitched to I-back John O’Leary. What looked like an ordinary sweep turned into a razzle-dazzle score because O’Leary passed back to Humm for an 11-yard touchdown toss.
Lightning again struck for the Huskers as Oklahoma fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Nebraska recovered on the OU 15. But a great opportunity fizzled when Mike Coyle missed a 21-yard field goal attempt. After that, Nebraska never seemed the same as OU tied the score on its next possession and scored twice more in the fourth quarter.
Passing just twice all game long, Oklahoma didn’t gain a yard through the air but amassed 482 yards on the ground. Three Sooners, fullback Jim Littrell, halfback Joe Washington and quarterback Steve Davis, all gained over 100 yards.
Nebraska finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-3 and a conference record of 5-2, good for a second-place Big Eight tie with Missouri.
Recap source: 1975 media guide.