No. 1 Nebraska remained undefeated, clinched the Big Eight title outright and earned a berth into the FedEx Orange Bowl to play for a national championship against Miami with a 13-3 victory over the unranked Sooners.
Nebraska held Oklahoma to 179 total yards, including just 47 in the second half and minus-five yards in the fourth quarter.
The Huskers struggled to get their offense moving in the first half but took a 3-0 lead when Darin Erstad hit a 46-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
Oklahoma tied the score with 2:19 remaining in the half when Scott Blanton hit on a 25-yard field goal. An earlier attempt by Blanton was blocked by Barron Miles, who extended his school season record for blocked kicks to four.
The second half was all Nebraska. The offense scored on its first drive, an 11-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard field goal by Tom Sieler. On OU’s second drive of the third quarter, the Sooners gained a total of 14 yards, and just before they were forced to punt, gained just three yards on third-and-22. That proved to be OU’s last play with positive yardage as the Sooners punted three times, threw six incomplete passes, were sacked once, and were intercepted once by Miles.
Miles also had three pass breakups to extend his school season record to 13 and tie the career record at 19 breakups.
Nebraska’s offense, meanwhile, picked up 239 of its 302 total yards in the second half.
Senior wingback Abdul Muhammad was quarterback Brook Berringer’s favorite target as he caught five passes for 98 yards. His 44-yard catch to begin the fourth quarter on third-and-10 was a career-long reception that brought the Huskers to the OU 13-yard line. Berringer scored three plays later.
NOTES: Lawrence Phillips was held to under 100 yards rushing for the first time in 12 games as he carried 21 times for 50 yards. … For the first time all season, Nebraska had more yards passing than rushing (166 to 136). …The win gave the Huskers their fourth 12-win season in school history and their fifth undefeated regular season. … For the first time since Sept. 24, quarterback Tommie Frazier was suited up, but he did not play.
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