Oklahoma 49
Nebraska 14

Sept. 17, 2022 • 11 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • Fox
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Eric Gray touchdown
Oklahoma’s Eric Gray puts the Sooners up 42-7 early in the second half with a 21-yard touchdown run. | Kenny Larabee, KLIN
First quarter
NU: Trey Palmer 32 pass from Casey Thompson (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 11:19
OU: Dillon Gabriel 61 run (Zach Schmit kick) 9:30
OU: Jalil Farooq 25 pass from Gabriel (Schmit kick) 1:57
Second quarter
OU: Marcus Major 1 run (Schmit kick) 14:48
OU: Major 24 pass from Brayden Willis (Schmit kick) 11:35
OU: Eric Gray 16 run (Schmit kick) 1:44
Third quarter
OU: Gray 21 run (Schmit kick) 13:13
OU: Theo Wease 15 pass from Gabriel (Schmit kick) 8:59
Fourth quarter
NU: Chubba Purdy 8 run (Bleekrode kick) 3:17

                        OU       NU
FIRST DOWNS ........... 31       22
  RUSHING ............. 15       11
  PASSING ............. 15        7
  PENALTY .............. 1        4
RUSHES-NET YDS .... 54-312   45-163
NET YDS PASSING ...... 268      164
  COMP-ATT-INT ... 19-30-0  21-31-1
TOTAL OFFENSE ..... 84-580   76-327
FUMBLE-LOST .......... 3-1      2-1
PENALIZED-YDS ....... 6-65     5-40
PUNTS-YDS .......... 3-146    7-296
PUNT RETURNS-YDS .... 4-61     1--1
K.O. RETURNS-YDS ..... 0-0      0-0
INTERCEPTIONS-YDS .... 1-0      0-0
POSSESSION TIME .... 29:36    30:24
THIRD-DOWN CONV. ... 10-16     6-17
FOURTH-DOWN CONV. .... 1-2      0-2
RED ZONE SCORES ...... 3-4      1-2
SACKS BY-YDS ........ 4-32      2-7

Attendance: 87,161

Mickey Joseph leads the team onto the field. | Kenny Larabee, KLIN


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Sooners take Huskers to woodshed

After a rousing opening drive, the Huskers had no answers on either side of the ball. Oklahoma reeled off seven touchdowns and rolled to a 49-14 victory in Mickey Joseph’s debut as Nebraska’s interim head coach.

The Husker defense again was porous, surrendering 580 yards, including more than 300 on the ground. On offense, Nebraska had trouble protecting quarterback Casey Thompson, who was sacked three times during the first half.

It was Nebraska’s most lopsided home loss in the Oklahoma series since a 41-0 defeat in 1955. The Sooners’ 49 points were their most ever in Lincoln.

Gabe Ervin Jr. led the Nebraska ground game with 60 yards on seven second-half carries. Ajay Allen added 49 yards on 11 attempts, while Anthony Grant contributed 36 yards on 13 carries. Thompson completed 14 of 20 passes for 129 yards, while Chubba Purdy completed 7 of 11 attempts for 35 yards

Ajay Allen
Ajay Allen picks up short yardage during the first quarter | Kenny Larabee, KLIN
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2022 schedule
04/09White 43, Red 39
08/27@ Northwestern*L 28-31 
09/03North DakotaW 38-17 
09/10Georgia SouthernL 42-45 
09/17OklahomaL 14-49 
10/01IndianaW 35-21 
10/07@ RutgersW 14-13 
10/15@ PurdueL 37-43 
10/29IllinoisL 9-26 
11/05MinnesotaL 13-20 
11/12@ MichiganL 3-34 
11/19WisconsinL 14-15 
11/25@ IowaW 24-17 
*Dublin, Ireland



Joseph has some time to make any significant changes in staff or strategy before his next game, Oct. 1. Those changes likely will make or break this season.

All Huskers/HuskerMax

We knew Nebraska had its fair share of questions going into this game. OU blew those up with a magnifying glass.


It’s not how many more wins this season, it’s how much progress Joseph can make on those big flaws. Anyone got duct tape?

Omaha World-Herald

College football doesn’t want to see Nebraska in such a state of disrepair. FOX certainly didn’t want to see this sort of game.


Nebraska’s past is worthy of Oklahoma’s respect. Nebraska’s actual team is not worthy of Oklahoma’s time.

Omaha World-Herald

The problems that permeate this team go deeper than one man.

Lincoln Journal Star

The Sooners that Brent Venables brought to Lincoln on this warm, sunny Saturday afternoon barely broke a sweat. ... Nebraska lacked in every football essential you can think of.

Tulsa World

The Sooners didn’t just win a track meet, they won the wrestling matches, too.

The Oklahoman

The reality is that the Cornhuskers need to get back to basics. The path to that point seems as lengthy as ever.

CBS Sports

Nebraska may be horrendous, but the Huskers seem to play everybody close. Ranked, not ranked, top-10, everybody. Until the Sooners arrived.

Norman Transcript

This is the most critical two weeks of Mickey Joseph’s coaching career. ... He can put his stamp on the team before Big Ten play comes back around.

KLIN/All Huskers

Whoever is coaching Nebraska next season faces a challenge just to get it on the level of a mediocre Big Ten team.

The Athletic
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