Oklahoma 23
Nebraska 16

Sept. 18, 2021 • 11 a.m. Central
Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium •Norman, OK • Fox
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First quarter
OU: Rattler 1 run (Brkic kick) 8:02
NU: Culp 51 field goal, 1:21 
Third quarter
OU: Hall 1 pass from Rattler (Brkic kick) 3:50
NU: Martinez 3 run (kick blocked) 0:08
OU: Fields return for defensive PAT, 0:08
Fourth quarter
OU: Brooks 2 run (Brkic kick) 10:24
NU: Manning 21 pass from Martinez (Culp kick) 5:38

                        NU        OU
First Downs ........... 18        21
  Rushing .............. 4        10
  Passing ............. 13        10
  Penalty .............. 1         1
Rushes-Net Yds ..... 38-95    35-194
Passing Yards ........ 289       214
  Comp-Att-Int ... 19-25-1   24-34-0
Total Offense ..... 63-384    69-408
Fumbles-Lost ......... 0-0       0-0
Penalties-Yds ....... 8-70      7-70
Punts-Avg ......... 2-50.0    4-39.2
Punt Returns-Avg .. 1-10.0     1-0.0
KO Returns-Avg .... 1-12.0    2-15.5
Possession Time .... 29:10     30:50
3rd. Down Conv. ..... 6/14      6/11
4th. Down Conv. ...... 1/3       0/0
Sacks-Yards .......... 0-0      5-28

NU: Rahmir Johnson 11-42; Adrian Martinez 17-34; Gabe Ervin Jr. 9-18; Sevion Morrison 1-1.

OU: Eric Gray 15-84; Kennedy Brooks 14-75; Spencer Rattler 6-35.

NU: Adrian Martinez 19-25-1 289.
OU: Spencer Rattler 24-34-0 214.

NU: Zavier Betts 3-61; Omar Manning 2-52; Rahmir Johnson 3-48; Austin Allen 6-43; Travis Vokolek 1-38; Samori Toure 3-27; Levi Falck 1-20.

OU: Jadon Haselwood 6-61; Marvin Mims 2-32; Drake Stoops 2-31; Mario Williams 3-29; Michael Woods II 3-24; Cody Jackson 2-14; Brayden Willis 1-11; Austin Stogner 1-9; Eric Gray 1-2; Jeremiah Hall 3-1.

Attendance: 84,659


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No. 3 Sooners stave off Husker rally

The Huskers battled the nation’s No. 3 team toe to toe, but special-teams blunders proved costly in a 23-16 loss to Oklahoma in Norman.

Underdogs by 22½ points, Nebraska trailed by just 7-3 at halftime before Oklahoma opened up a 23-9 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Sooners were aided by a missed 35-yard field goal and a blocked PAT that was returned for an Oklahoma two-pointer, amounting to six net points squandered for Nebraska.

The Huskers pulled to 23-16 with 5½ minutes left in the game. Despite the Sooners’ own special-teams blunder on the ensuing kickoff, pinning themselves deep in their own territory, Nebraska could get no closer as Oklahoma burned all but 57 seconds of the remaining time.

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2021 schedule
05/01White 21, Red 20
08/28@ IllinoisL 22-30
09/04FordhamW 52-7
09/11BuffaloW 28-3
09/18@ OklahomaL 16-23
09/25@ Michigan St.L 20-23
10/02Northwestern*W 56-7
10/09MichiganL 29-32
10/16@ MinnesotaL 23-30
10/30PurdueL 23-28
11/06Ohio St.L 17-26
11/20@ WisconsinL 28-35
11/26IowaL 21-28



It was almost like the 1970s Huskers showed up, except they brought along the 1950s o-line.

HuskerMax/All Huskers

Nebraska proved to the nation they can play with anyone ... but this program remains without a ‘we’re back’ moment for fans to look to.

KLIN/All Huskers

It’s hard to feel like the offense played well. Played hard? Without question. But it wasn’t clean.

Hail Varsity

The question now is can we see this same Nebraska team every week?


Husker fans came into this one with their hands covering their eyes. ... But then the game started.

Omaha World-Herald

In the end, an incredibly loyal and hungry Nebraska fan base was left with conflicting emotions.

Lincoln Journal Star

While there were moments where Nebraska’s offensive line seemed to take some steps forward, Saturday was another bad day for the unit overall.


The offense may well be the thing that holds this team back. How crazy is that?

The Oklahoman

A reunion nearly became an revival — not only of a grand rivalry, but of Husker football itself.

Omaha World-Herald

Almost every time Oklahoma attempted a knockout blow, Nebraska responded, either with a defensive stand or offensive response.

Daily Nebraskan

Close. That’s the word that’s been tossed around now for four seasons.

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