Reggie Cooper had four unassisted tackles and five assists.
S-P-E-C-I-A-L. That’s what Nebraska’s special teams were as the fourth-ranked (AP) Huskers outscored Oklahoma State, 31-3, for their 19th-consecutive homefield win.
The determined Cowboys held NU to 315 total-offense yards in the game, and had pulled within 7-3 early in the second half on a 35-yard Cary Blanchard field goal. Then the Nebraska special teams struck, contributing 24 unanswered points, directly or indirectly, as the Huskers pulled away.
Tyrone Hughes started the onslaught with a 40-yard kickoff return to the Oklahoma State 45, setting up a four-play drive to a 31-yard Gregg Barrios field goal.
The Husker defense then stopped Oklahoma State without a first down, and Hughes returned a punt 19 yards to the Cowboy 39. On the next play, quarterback Mickey Joseph sprinted around left end on the longest run of his career, giving NU a 17-3 lead.
Late in the third quarter, the Cowboys fumbled a Nebraska punt and Husker linebacker Mike Anderson recovered at the OSU 32. Four plays later, Joseph hit tight end Johnny Mitchell with a 3-yard touchdown pass four seconds into the fourth quarter for a 24-3 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Oklahoma State again fumbled, and Nebraska’s Robert Hicks recovered in the end zone to give the Huskers their final 31-3 margin. The win left NU at 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big Eight. OSU fell to 2-5 and 0-3.