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Oklahoma's Sooners and Owen Field once again proved a Cornhusker jinx as Nebraska lost its bid for a second straight perfect season, 10-9.

A national TV crowd, plus 41,000 Thanksgiving Day Turkey deserters, saw Mike Vachon kick a 14-yard field goal with 48 seconds left to upset the No. 4 ranked Cornhuskers. It was Oklahoma that issued the only other regular season loss in the past three years—a 17-7 affair in the last game of 1964.

Nebraska, while moving the ball well on the ground, couldn't quite get a TD in the first half. Larry Wachholtz put the Huskers ahead, 3-0, with the eighth field goal of his career (Nebraska record) in the second quarter, but the Sooners took a 7-3 halftime lead on a 48-yard pass from Bob Warmack to Eddie Hinton.

Nebraska took a 9-7 lead in the third quarter, driving 80 yards in 12 plays, with Dick Davis scoring. Wachholtz's PAT try was blocked after a bad snap was fumbled and what was a would-be tying point went by the boards.

Nebraska outrushed the Sooners, 278-194, but the Sooners hit four of four passes for 104 yards, while the Huskers' Bobby Churchich hit 7 of 15 for 76.

Oklahoma kept the Husker attack off balance with three interceptions, the first killing an early NU drive at the OU 13. Husker Ben Gregory, in a great performance of power running, piled up 109 on the ground.

Both teams had scoring chances killed by fine defense; both teams turned in some outstanding offensive plays.

But the Sooners battled through for a well-earned upset on Vachon's toe to send Nebraska against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl with a 9-1 record.

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SERIES HISTORY
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER

Oklahoma 10
Nebraska 9

Nov. 24, 1966
Norman, OK
Nebraska ........... 0   3   6   0 -  9
Oklahoma............ 0   7   0   3 - 10

Second Quarter
NU - Larry Wachholtz 23 field goal, 9:55
OU - Eddie Hinton 48 pass from Bob 
     Warmack (Mike Vachon kick) 1:58
Third Quarter
NU - Dick Davis 2 run (kick failed) 4:29
Fourth Quarter
OU - Vachon 21 field goal 0:48

                           NU      OU
First downs ............   19      14
Rushing net ...........55-228  46-194
Passing net ............   76     104
  Comp-Att-Int ....... 7-15-3   4-4-0
Total offense ........ 70-304  50-298
Punt-Avg. ............ 3-28.6  2-39.0
Fumbles lost ...........    1       2
Yards penalized ........    0      10
Leading NU rusher: Ben Gregory 109.
Leading NU passer: Bob Churchich, 7 for 15 - 76 yards.
More individual stats here

1966 Nebraska-Oklahoma action

1966 Nebraska Oklahoma football tackle