Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry

Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry
Nebraska Cornhuskers - Oklahoma Sooners
Nebraska logo    Oklahoma logo
History
First Meeting November 23, 1912
Last Meeting December 4, 2010
Number of Meetings 86
All-Time Series Oklahoma: 45–38–3
Largest victory Nebraska: 62
(69-7 in 1997)
Current Streak Oklahoma: Won 1
Longest Nebraska Win Streak 7 (1991–1997)
Longest Oklahoma Win Streak 16 (1943–1958)
At Lincoln Nebraska leads 22-18
At Norman Oklahoma leads 23-16
At neutral sites Oklahoma leads 4-1

The "Nebraska-Oklahoma Rivalry," also known as "OU-Nebraska," was a college football rivalry in the Big 12 Conference, though the rivalry was more prominent when both teams were members of the former Big Eight Conference. The rivalry was effectively ended when Oklahoma was lined up in the Southern division of the newly formed Big 12 to maintain its rivalry with Texas and also its recruiting hotbeds in Texas.[1][2][3] As a result, the 2009 meeting turned out to be the last regular season scheduled meeting. As both teams won their respective divisions in 2010, they will met one more time, in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game. Following that match, they (at this time) do not have any future games scheduled.

This traditional college football rivalry between Nebraska and the Oklahoma, formed over the decades as these teams played annual contests in what would become the Big Eight Conference, had been less intense since the 1996 forming of the Big 12 Conference. This was due to the split-division nature of the Big 12 that scheduled the Cornhuskers and Sooners to meet only twice every four years. Prior to the beginning of Big 12 play in 1996, the Cornhuskers and Sooners had met for 71 consecutive seasons.

The 1923 game, only the fifth time these teams met, marked the first game played in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

These teams have been involved in several historic match-ups, such as the Game of the Century, where the teams came into the game ranked one and two in the Associated Press Poll, often making these games of great importance in deciding the national championship. Historically, the rivalry's most distinguishing quality had been the grudging respect and appreciation between the two tradition-rich programs. Also of note is the game's former status as the premier Thanksgiving Day game for the middle of the country.

The Sooners had given the Cornhuskers their only regular-season losses in the 1964, 1966, 1975, 1979, and 1987 seasons, while the Cornhuskers had done the same to Oklahoma in 1971 and 1978. In the 1978 season, Nebraska and Oklahoma met two times; once in the regular season with a Cornhusker victory, and then later at the 1979 Orange Bowl with an Oklahoma victory.

The 1959 meeting between these teams is often considered Nebraska’s biggest-ever upset win. On that day, unranked Nebraska defeated #19 Oklahoma 25-21 in Lincoln, ending Oklahoma's 74-game conference win streak.

Current Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini served as an assistant at Oklahoma in 2004, and Nebraska Linebackers Coach Mike Ekeler was a Graduate Assistant with the Sooners in 2003 and 2004.[4]

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End of the rivalry

On June 11, 2010, the Nebraska Cornhuskers announced that its regents unanimously voted to end the university's affiliation with the Big 12 Conference, and would be joining the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2011 season.[5][6][7] The two teams had one final battle in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game before NU joined the Big Ten, which OU won 23-20. Neither NU nor OU are scheduled to meet at any point in the foreseeable future.

2020-2021 proposed Oklahoma series

Oklahoma has offered to schedule Nebraska for a home-and-home series for 2020 and 2021, but Nebraska has not been able to commit to the games. Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne cited the unknown status of future Big Ten Conference future schedules as the cause, explaining that Nebraska could not commit to an away game in a year where there may not be enough conference home games. Although a two-game Nebraska-Oklahoma series in 2020-2021 cannot yet be confirmed, both schools have indicated that it remains a possibility.[8]

Series History

Nebraska victories are shaded in ██ off-white. Oklahoma victories are shaded ██ red.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series Attendance
November 23, 1912 Lincoln Nebraska 13 Oklahoma 9 NU 1-0-0
October 25, 1919 Omaha Oklahoma 7 Nebraska 7 NU 1-0-1
October 29, 1921 Lincoln Nebraska 44 Oklahoma 0 NU 2-0-1
October 28, 1922 Norman Nebraska 39 Oklahoma 7 NU 3-0-1
October 13, 1923 Lincoln 1 Nebraska 24 Oklahoma 0 NU 4-0-1
October 11, 1924 Norman Oklahoma 14 Nebraska 7 NU 4-1-1
October 31, 1925 Lincoln Nebraska 12 Oklahoma 0 NU 5-1-1
November 10, 1928 Norman Nebraska 44 Oklahoma 6 NU 6-1-1
November 16, 1929 Lincoln Oklahoma 13 Nebraska 13 NU 6-1-2
October 11, 1930 Norman Oklahoma 20 Nebraska 7 NU 6-2-2
October 10, 1931 Lincoln Nebraska 13 Oklahoma 0 NU 7-2-2
November 19, 1932 Norman Nebraska 5 Oklahoma 0 NU 8-2-2
October 28, 1933 Lincoln Nebraska 16 Oklahoma 7 NU 9-2-2
October 20, 1934 Norman Nebraska 6 Oklahoma 0 NU 10-2-2
October 26, 1935 Lincoln Nebraska 19 Oklahoma 0 NU 11-2-2
October 24, 1936 Norman #15 Nebraska 14 Oklahoma 0 NU 12-2-2
October 16, 1937 Lincoln Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 0 NU 12-2-3
October 22, 1938 Norman #14 Oklahoma 14 Nebraska 0 NU 12-3-3
November 25, 1939 Lincoln Nebraska 13 #14 Oklahoma 7 NU 13-3-3
November 26, 1940 Norman #12 Nebraska 13 Oklahoma 0 NU 14-3-3
November 29, 1941 Lincoln Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 6 NU 15-3-3
October 24, 1942 Norman Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 0 NU 16-3-3
November 27, 1943 Lincoln Oklahoma 26 Nebraska 7 NU 16-4-3
December 2, 1944 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 12 NU 16-5-3
September 29, 1945 Lincoln Oklahoma 20 Nebraska 0 NU 16-6-3
November 23, 1946 Norman #18 Oklahoma 27 Nebraska 6 NU 16-7-3
November 22, 1947 Lincoln Oklahoma 14 Nebraska 13 NU 16-8-3 25,000
November 13, 1948 Norman #9 Oklahoma 41 Nebraska 14 NU 16-9-3 28,000
October 22, 1949 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 48 Nebraska 0 NU 16-10-3 39,000
November 25, 1950 Norman #1 Oklahoma 49 #16 Nebraska 35 NU 16-11-3 55,000
November 24, 1951 Lincoln #12 Oklahoma 27 Nebraska 0 NU 16-12-3 30,000
November 22, 1952 Norman #5 Oklahoma 34 Nebraska 13 NU 16-13-3 41,000
November 21, 1953 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 30 Nebraska 7 NU 16-14-3 30,000
November 20, 1954 Norman #3 Oklahoma 55 Nebraska 7 NU 16-15-3 56,000
November 19, 1955 Lincoln #1 Oklahoma 41 Nebraska 0 TIE 16-16-3 38,000
November 24, 1956 Norman #1 Oklahoma 54 Nebraska 6 OU 16-17-3 50,039
November 23, 1957 Lincoln #6 Oklahoma 32 Nebraska 7 OU 16-18-3 29,844
November 22, 1958 Norman #4 Oklahoma 40 Nebraska 7 OU 16-19-3 44,740
October 31, 1959 Lincoln Nebraska 25 #19 Oklahoma 21 OU 17-19-3 32,765
November 19, 1960 Norman Nebraska 17 Oklahoma 14 OU 18-19-3 42,701
November 25, 1961 Lincoln Oklahoma 21 Nebraska 14 OU 18-20-3 26,139
November 24, 1962 Norman #10 Oklahoma 34 Nebraska 6 OU 18-21-3 58,268
November 23, 1963 Lincoln #10 Nebraska 29 #6 Oklahoma 20 OU 19-21-3 38,362
November 21, 1964 Norman Oklahoma 17 #4 Nebraska 7 OU 19-22-3 54,552
November 25, 1965 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 21 Oklahoma 9 OU 20-22-3 52,533
November 24, 1966 Norman Oklahoma 10 #4 Nebraska 9 OU 20-23-3 41,000
November 25, 1967 Lincoln #5 Oklahoma 21 Nebraska 14 OU 20-24-3 59,792
November 23, 1968 Norman #14 Oklahoma 47 Nebraska 0 OU 20-25-3 45,000
November 22, 1969 Norman #16 Nebraska 44 Oklahoma 14 OU 21-25-3 53,500
November 21, 1970 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 28 Oklahoma 21 OU 22-25-3 67,392
November 25, 1971 Norman #1 Nebraska 35 #2 Oklahoma 31 OU 23-25-3 61,826
November 23, 1972 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 17 #5 Nebraska 14 OU 23-26-3 76,587
November 23, 1973 Norman #3 Oklahoma 27 #10 Nebraska 0 OU 23-27-3 61,826
November 23, 1974 Lincoln #1 Oklahoma 28 #6 Nebraska 14 OU 23-28-3 76,636
November 22, 1975 Norman #7 Oklahoma 35 #2 Nebraska 10 OU 23-29-3 70,286
November 26, 1976 Lincoln #8 Oklahoma 20 #10 Nebraska 17 OU 23-30-3 76,247
November 25, 1977 Norman #3 Oklahoma 38 #11 Nebraska 7 OU 23-31-3 71,184
November 11, 1978 Lincoln #4 Nebraska 17 #1 Oklahoma 14 OU 24-31-3 76,015
January 1, 1979 Miami 2 #4 Oklahoma 31 #6 Nebraska 24 OU 24-32-3 66,365
November 24, 1979 Norman #8 Oklahoma 17 #3 Nebraska 14 OU 24-33-3 71,187
November 22, 1980 Lincoln #9 Oklahoma 21 #4 Nebraska 17 OU 24-34-3 76,322
November 21, 1981 Norman #5 Nebraska 37 Oklahoma 14 OU 25-34-3 74,807
November 26, 1982 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 28 #11 Oklahoma 24 OU 26-34-3 76,398
November 26, 1983 Norman #1 Nebraska 28 Oklahoma 21 OU 27-34-3 75,008
November 17, 1984 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 17 #1 Nebraska 7 OU 27-35-3 76,323
November 23, 1985 Norman #5 Oklahoma 27 #2 Nebraska 7 OU 27-36-3 75,008
November 22, 1986 Lincoln #3 Oklahoma 20 #5 Nebraska 17 OU 27-37-3 76,198
November 21, 1987 Lincoln #2 Oklahoma 17 #1 Nebraska 7 OU 27-38-3 76,663
November 19, 1988 Norman #7 Nebraska 7 #9 Oklahoma 3 OU 28-38-3 75,004
November 18, 1989 Lincoln #6 Nebraska 42 Oklahoma 25 OU 29-38-3 76,404
November 23, 1990 Norman Oklahoma 45 #10 Nebraska 10 OU 29-39-3 74,910
November 29, 1991 Lincoln #11 Nebraska 19 #19 Oklahoma 14 OU 30-39-3 76,386
November 27, 1992 Norman #12 Nebraska 33 Oklahoma 9 OU 31-39-3 69,770
November 26, 1993 Lincoln #2 Nebraska 21 #16 Oklahoma 7 OU 32-39-3 75,674
November 25, 1994 Norman #1 Nebraska 13 Oklahoma 3 OU 33-39-3 70,216
November 24, 1995 Lincoln #1 Nebraska 37 Oklahoma 0 OU 34-39-3 75,662
November 2, 1996 Norman #5 Nebraska 73 Oklahoma 21 OU 35-39-3 75,004
November 1, 1997 Lincoln #1 Nebraska 69 Oklahoma 7 OU 36-39-3 75,926
October 28, 2000 Norman #3 Oklahoma 31 #1 Nebraska 14 OU 36-40-3 75,989
October 27, 2001 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 20 #2 Oklahoma 10 OU 37-40-3 78,031
November 13, 2004 Norman #2 Oklahoma 30 Nebraska 3 OU 37-41-3 84,916
October 29, 2005 Lincoln Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 24 OU 37-42-3 77,438
December 2, 2006 Kansas City 3 #8 Oklahoma 21 #19 Nebraska 7 OU 37-43-3 80,031
November 1, 2008 Norman #4 Oklahoma 62 Nebraska 28 OU 37-44-3 85,212
November 7, 2009 Lincoln Nebraska 10 #20 Oklahoma 3 OU 38-44-3 86,115
December 4, 2010 Arlington 4 #13 Nebraska 20 #9 Oklahoma 23 OU 38-45-3 78,802

1 First game played at Memorial Stadium, Lincoln
2 1979 Orange Bowl from 1978 season
3 2006 Big 12 Championship Game
4 2010 Big 12 Championship Game

See also

  • Pitt–Penn State rivalry, another currently doormat football rivalry, expected to resume in 2016.

References


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