Nebraska 17
Oklahoma St. 7

Aug. 30, 2003 • 2:37 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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2003 Nebraska-Oklahoma State football, Barrett Ruud TD photoLinebacker Barrett Ruud celebrates after scooping up a fumble by OSU’s Tatum Bell and returning it 15 yards for a third-quarter TD. · Lincoln Journal Star ·

1st quarter
NEB: S. DeAngelis 28 field goal 10:19
OSU: R. Woods 4 pass from J. Fields (L. Phillips kick) 06:23
3rd quarter
NEB: B. Ruud 15 fumble return (DeAngelis kick) 10:50
NEB: J. Davies 2 run (DeAngelis kick) 02:09

                          OSU       NEB
First downs ...............11        19
  Rushing.................. 5        13
  Passing.................. 6         4
  Penalty.................. 0         2
Rushed-yards .......... 30-86    65-268
Passing yards ............ 97        78
  Comp-Att-Int ...... 13-28-3    8-16-1
Total offense ........ 58-183    79-346
Sacked-yards lost ....... 1-7       0-0
Punt returns-yds ........ 2-9      3-30
Kickoff returns-yds .... 3-89      1-32
Interceptions-yds ....... 1-0       3-0
Punts-Avg. ........... 5-48.4    5-36.2
Fumbles-lost ............ 2-2       2-1
Penalties-yards ........ 8-63      9-75
Possession time ....... 23:12     36:48

OSU: Bell, Tatum 23-87; Shaw, Seymore 4-8; Team 1-minus 2; Fields, Josh 2-minus 7.

NEB: Davis, Josh 20-95; Lord, Jammal 18-90; Horne, David 15-52; Davies, Judd 10-33; TEAM 2-minus 2.

OSU: Fields, Josh 13-28-3-97.
NEB: Lord, Jammal 8-16-1-78.

OSU: Woods, Rashaun 5-47; Lindsay, Gabe 3-13; Bajema, Billy 2-19; Woods, D'Juan 1-8; Bell, Tatum 1-7; Devereaux, Tomm 1-3.

NEB: Herian, Matt 3-42; Pilkington, R. 2-16; Davis, Josh 1-12; Liley, Tim 1-5; Davies, Judd 1-3.

Attendance: 78,058

2003 Nebraska-Oklahoma State football, Lornell McPherson interception photoDefensive back Lornell McPherson cradles the ball in front of OSU receiver D’Juan Woods after intercepting a Josh Fields pass at the Nebraska 38 late in the second quarter. · Lincoln Journal Star ·


Stats & recap

Huskers shut down Cowboys’ potent offense

While the pregame featured the largest player reunion in school history, it was only fitting that a pair of Husker legacies carried the day in Nebraska’s 17-7 win over No. 24 Oklahoma State.

Linebacker Barrett Ruud’s 15-yard fumble return with 10:50 remaining in the third quarter gave the Huskers the lead for good. The Blackshirts forced five turnovers, including three interceptions, in holding the potent Cowboys to 183 yards of total offense, including just 57 in the second half. The Nebraska defense took control of the contest early in the second half, forcing three turnovers in a four-possession stretch.

Ruud, whose father, two uncles and great-grandfather played at Nebraska, scored his first career touchdown and made five tackles in the win while I-back Josh Davis, another second-generation Husker, made the most of his second career start, rushing for a team-high 95 yards on 20 carries.

The win was NU’s 17th consecutive season-opening win and was the Huskers’ 20th straight over OSU in Lincoln dating back to 1962.

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Pregame & team info
2003 schedule
04/19Red 13, White 0
08/30Oklahoma St.W 17-7
09/06Utah St.W 31-7
09/13Penn St.W 18-10
09/25@ S. MissW 38-14
10/04Troy St.W 30-0
10/11@ MissouriL 24-41
10/18Texas A&MW 48-12
10/25Iowa St.W 28-0
11/01@ TexasL 7-31
11/08@ KansasW 24-3
11/15Kansas St.L 7-38
11/28@ ColoradoW 31-22
12/29Michigan St.W 17-3


Colonel Mustard

The linebackers were terrific and our line was active, although I worry that our tackles are too small.


Hope was delivered in the form of a blitz, a forearm shiver, two fumble recoveries and one returned for a touchdown.

Omaha World-Herald

Both offenses stumbled all day. It was the Cowboys from Stillwater who finally fell.

Nebraska StatePaper

If the nation learned one thing the opening weekend of the season, it was never to doubt Nebraska’s pride.

Sporting News
Red Clad Loon

It was positively nifty to see our old friend, Gang Tackle, making a return to the starting lineup.

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