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Johnny Rodgers' punt return
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Nebraska 35
Oklahoma 31

Nov. 25, 1971, Norman, OK
 
quotes (1K)In what surely must stand as one of the most stirring dramas in the 102 years of college football, Nebraska's magnificent Cornhuskers asserted their right to the national championship by driving 74 yards in the final minutes to defeat top challenger Oklahoma, 35-31, here Thursday at Owen Field. The teams were 1-2, the pollsters said, and there was nothing in the conduct of the game or in the final accounting to refute that estimate.”
    — Wally Provost, Omaha World-Herald
Jeff Kinney
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quotes (1K)The cerebral types ... will keep playing it into the ages and wondering whether it was the greatest collegiate football battle ever. Under the agonizing conditions that existed, it well may have been.”
    — Dan Jenkins,
    Sports Illustrated

 
 
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Hail Varsity (2015)
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quotes (1K)They can quit playing now, they have played the perfect game.”
    — Dave Kindred,
    Louisville Courier-Journal
 
 
THE GAME OF THE CENTURY
Nebraska      7   7  14   7 - 35
Oklahoma      3  14   7   7 - 31

1st Qtr.
NU - Johnny Rodgers 72 punt return (Rich 
     Sanger kick) 11:28  
OU - John Carroll 30 field goal 5:53
2nd Qtr.
NU - Jeff Kinney 1 run (Sanger kick) 11:08 
OU - Jack Mildren 3 run (Carroll kick) 5:10
OU - Jon Harrison 24 pass from Mildren 
    (Carroll kick) 0:28
3rd Qtr.
NU - Kinney 3 run (Sanger kick) 8:54  
NU - Kinney 1 run (Sanger kick) 3:38
OU - Mildren 3 run (Carroll kick) 0:28
4th Qtr.
OU - Harrison 16 pass from Mildren (Carroll
     kick) 7:10  
NU - Kinney 2 run (Sanger kick) 1:38 

                            NU        OU
First downs ............... 19        22
 By rushing ............... 15        16
 By passing ................ 4         6
 By penalty ................ 0         0
Rushes-yards .......... 59-297    64-279
Net passing yards ......... 65       188
 Comp.-Att.-Int. ...... 6-13-0    6-11-0
Total net yards .......... 362       467
Punts-Avg. ............ 5-36.4    2-34.0
Punt returns ............ 2-80       1-7
Fumbles-lost ............. 1-1       5-3
Penalties-yards .......... 1-5       0-0

RUSHING
NU: Kinney 31-171, Tagge 17-49, Rodgers 4-27, 
    Olds 4-22, Damkroger 3-23, Dixon 1-2.
OU: Mildren 31-130, Pruitt 10-53, Wiley  
    3-11, Crosswhite 12-59, Welch 8-26.

PASSING
NU: Tagge 6-12-0—65, Rodgers 0-1-0—0. 
OU: Mildren 5-10-0—137, Harrison 1-1-0—51.

RECEIVING
NU: Rodgers 5-61, Kinney 1-4.  
OU: Harrison 4-115, Chandler 2-73.

TACKLING LEADERS*
NU: Glover 3-19-22, Terrio 4-13-17, 
    Jacobson 2-12-14, Blahak 5-8-13. 
OU: Driscoll 5-6-11, Aycock 2-9-11, 
    Selmon 1-9-10, Pope 6-3-9.
    *unassisted-assisted-total

Att. - 63,385
quotes (1K)Oh, man, woman and child, I never thought I would live this long to see this kind of a football game.”
       — Lyell Bremser, KFAB radio