Nebraska 73
Oklahoma 21

Nov. 2, 1996 - 11 a.m. Central
Owen Field | Norman, OK | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 0 17 28 28 73
Oklahoma 0 0 0 21 21

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Second quarter
NU: FG K Brown 25, 7:57
NU: Evans 2 run (K Brown kick) 5:43
NU: Green 4 run (K Brown kick) 2:14
Third quarter
NU: R Brown 83 int. return (K Brown kick) 9:56
NU: L Brown 41 pass from Frost (K Brown kick) 3:59
NU: Vedral 11 pass from Frost (K Brown kick) 1:05
NU: Evans 7 run (K Brown kick) 0:03
Fourth quarter
NU: Lake 51 pass from Frost (K Brown kick) 12:04
OU: Parker 34 run (J Alexander kick) 7:37
NU: Sims 1 run (K Brown kick) 5:03
OU: Parker 17 run (J Alexander kick) 4:10
NU: Sims 22 run (K Brown kick) 2:30
OU: Parker 51 run (J Alexander kick) 0:40
NU: Cheatham 85 kickoff return (K Brown kick) 0:28

                        NU        OU
First downs             20        16
Rushed-yards        51-208    41-189
Passing yards          179        86
  Comp-Att-Int     12-25-1    8-22-4
Total offense       76-387    63-275
Sacked-yards lost      0-0       0-0
Return yards           148        11
Punts               6-42.0   10-42.5
Fumbles-lost           3-2       2-1
Penalties-yards       6-80      9-53
Possession time      30:46     29:14

RUSHING:
NU: Sims 7-98, Evans 13-36, Benning 6-26, Frost 8-14, Makovicka 3-14, Turman 1-9, Green 9-5, Schuster 3-4, Wiggins 1-2.

OU: Parker 13-151, J Allen 15-32, E Moore 4-28, Chandler 3-4, Fazande 1-1, J Jackson 1-minus 10, Fuente 4-minus 17.

PASSING:
NU: Frost 10-22-1-163, Turman 2-2-0-16, Perino 0-1-0-0.

OU: Fuente 6-15-3-68, E Moore 2-7-1-18.

RECEIVING:
NU: Vedral 4-49, Lake 2-58, V Jackson 2-16, L Brown 1-41, Cheatham 1-9, Green 1-5, Evans 1-1.

OU: J Allen 3-14, Little 1-27, Parker 1-13, S Alexander 1-12, Freeman 1-12, McDaniel 1-8.

Att: 75,004

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Huskers hand Sooners worst defeat ever

There was a different feel as Nebraska and Oklahoma met in 1996. For the first time, the longtime rivals were meeting as members of the Big 12 Conference and the traditional post-Thanksgiving matchup was played just two days after Halloween.

However, one constant remained from recent contests in the Husker-Sooner series — Nebraska domination. After a scoreless first quarter, the Huskers put up 45 points in the second and third quarters on their way to a 73-21 rout in Norman. Nebraska converted five Sooner turnovers into 31 points.

The game marked Nebraska’s sixth straight win in the series, matching the longest Husker victory streak against Oklahoma. The 73 points were the most ever scored against Oklahoma and the most by either team in the storied series. The 52-point margin of victory was also the largest by either team in series history.

At the start, it appeared Oklahoma would make a run at upsetting the heavily favored Huskers, but Nebraska blew the game wide open. The Huskers punted on their first six possessions but took a 17-0 lead into the locker room and put the game on ice early in the third quarter when freshman cornerback Ralph Brown returned a Sooner pass 83 yards for a touchdown to give NU a 24-0 lead.

NU opened up a 52-0 lead early in the fourth quarter before both teams substituted freely.

On offense, Scott Frost passed for 163 yards and three touchdowns to lead NU, while the Blackshirt defense was led by tackle Jason Peter, who had eight tackles, including a sack on OU’s first play from scrimmage.

Recap source: 1997 media guide

 
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1996 schedule
04/20 Reds 20, Whites 17
09/07 Michigan St. W 55-14
09/21 @ Arizona St. L 0-19
09/28 Colorado St. W 65-9
10/05 Kansas St. W 39-3
10/12 Baylor W 49-0
10/19 @ Texas Tech W 24-10
10/26 Kansas W 63-7
11/02 @ Oklahoma W 73-21
11/09 Missouri W 51-7
11/16 @ Iowa St. W 49-14
11/29 Colorado W 17-12
12/07 Texas L 27-37
12/31 Virginia Tech W 41-21
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