Sparked by the magic of Turner Gill, Nebraska scored on its first three possessions to take a 17-0 lead, then went on the blitz Oklahoma State, 54-7, before a regional television audience.
Gill directed touchdown drives the first two times Nebraska had the ball, and accounted for both scores himself on four- and nine-yard runs. Playing little more than a half, he completed eight-of-10 passes for 89 yards and one TD, and rushed for 42 more yards and the two scores. When he and the Husker offense were done, they had shredded a Cowboy defense, which came into the contest ranked first in the nation, for 546 yards of total offense.
The defense, meanwhile, gave up just 41 yards on the ground, but yielded 221 in the air and suffered the “indignity” of giving up a TD in the third quarter-ending a string of 22 TD-less quarters.