Nebraska 20
Oklahoma 10

Oct. 27, 2001 • 11:12 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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Second quarter
OU: T Smith 4 pass from Hybl (T Duncan kick) 10:27
NU: Diedrick 2 run (J Brown kick) 5:58
NU: Brown 27 field goal, 2:36 
OU: Duncan 20 field goal, 0:15
Third quarter
NU: Brown 26 field goal, 11:31
Fourth quarter
NU: Crouch 63 pass from Stuntz (Brown kick) 6:17

                          OU        NU 
First downs ............. 21        13 
Rushed-yards ........ 29-105    44-164 
Passing yards .......... 234       165 
  Comp-Att-Int ..... 22-50-2   11-19-1 
Total offense ....... 79-339    63-329
Sacked-yards lost ..... 3-29       0-0 
Return yards ............. 3        70 
Punts .............. 10-38.6   10-38.2 
Fumbles-lost ........... 0-0       0-0 
Penalties-yards ....... 6-45      6-57 
Possession time ...... 29:08     30:52

OU: Griffin 15-63, Savage 2-23, Hybl 7-13, White 4-6, J Norman 1-0.

NU: Diedrick 23-90, T Collins 4-47, Crouch 13-21, Kastl 1-5, Kriewald 2-2, Team 1-minus 1.

OU: Hybl 17-36-1-184, White 5-13-1-50, Clayton 0-1-0-0.

NU: Crouch 10-18-1-102, Stuntz 1-1-0-63.

OU: T Smith 7-62, Clayton 6-62, J Norman 4-48, Griffin 3-27, Savage 2-35.

NU: W Thomas 6-48, T Collins 2-18, Crouch 1-63, Ringenberg 1-19, Wistrom 1-17.

Att: 78,031


Stats & recap

Dash of trickery ices big victory over Sooners

Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch didn’t need to run or throw for a touchdown, but his TD reception with just over six minutes remaining was the lift the Huskers needed, helping No. 3/3 Nebraska to a 20-10 victory over conference rival and second-ranked Oklahoma.

Playing in front of a crowd of 78,031, the No. 1 and 2 teams in the first BCS rankings didn’t disappoint, as they featured rugged defense, some smash-mouth offense and a little trickery.

It was Crouch who provided the biggest highlight for the Big Red faithful as he caught a 63-yard touchdown pass from true freshman Mike Stuntz to put the game out of reach with six minutes left. With the Huskers hanging on to a 13-10 lead and the ball at the Nebraska 37, Crouch ran down the line to his left and pitched to Thunder Collins, who looked to be running a reverse. Collins then tossed the ball to Stuntz, who hit Crouch in stride at the Oklahoma 40. Crouch went into the end zone untouched for the final 20-10 margin.

OU had at least one more chance to get back in the game, but the Blackshirts came up big. NU allowed the Sooners just 10 yards on 11 plays in their final two drives. Junior nose tackle Jon Clanton sealed OU’s fate with a 12-yard sack of OU quarterback Nate Hybl on third down, before Hybl’s last-chance throw to Curtis Fagan fell incomplete. Joining Clanton with big defensive plays all day was senior linebacker Jamie Burrow, who recorded 16 tackles.

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Pregame & team info
2001 schedule
04/14Reds 16, Whites 7
08/25TCUW 21-7
09/01Troy St.W 42-14
09/08Notre DameW 27-10
09/20RiceW 48-3
09/29@ MissouriW 36-3
10/06Iowa St.W 48-14
10/13@ BaylorW 48-7
10/20Texas TechW 41-31
10/27OklahomaW 20-10
11/03@ KansasW 51-7
11/10Kansas St.W 31-21
11/23@ ColoradoL 36-62
01/03MiamiL 14-37


Colonel Mustard

Bohl was creative — the 3-3-5 alignment was confusing for them.


The surprise of the day was that Solich would actually pull a surprise in a crucial moment, a defining moment, when it could blow up in his face.

Omaha World-Herald

Defensive coordinator Craig Bohl deserves a lot of the credit. ... His blitz calls were right on the money almost every time.

Lincoln Journal Star
Red Clad Loon

Suddenly, in a flash of superlative scarlet, the world discovered why they call NU’s head man ‘Fearless’ Frankie.


It wasn’t just that the ‘Sooner magic’ ran out. The Huskers came to play for four quarters.


The youth on the Oklahoma offensive line was taken advantage of by Nebraska. ... This offense, even when Josh Heupel was running it, is susceptible to pressure.

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