Rattler, No. 3 Oklahoma hold off Nebraska 23-16 – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-09-18 19:43:50 –

Norman, Oklahoma (AP) — Oklahoma and Nebraska played as if they were trying to preserve the history of rivalry.

Spencer Rattler passed the touchdown and ran to another touchdown. Third Oklahoma defeated Nebraska 23-16 on Saturday.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “Game of the Century” — No.1 Nebraska defeats No.2 Oklahoma 35-31 1971 — The team rewards nostalgic fans in a competitive contest. The program is fierce with the Big Eight and the Big 12, but in a respectful rivalry, Nebraska won five national titles and Oklahoma won four titles between 1970 and 2000.

“It was just a fierce match,” said Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley. “You knew it would be. We take a lot of pride in these two programs. Both of these programs have won many games and many championships. This game To revive — I think everyone felt how special it was. Both teams stood up on that occasion and played a great college football game. “

It was the first meeting since 2010, just before Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big Ten, and it was memorable and much closer than expected. Sooners are a favorite of the three touchdowns, and it was reported that during the off-season, Nebraska may be trying to reschedule the rebuild program game to another year.

The Huskers turned out to be more than a game.

Nebraska dragged the ball with a touchdown with no timeout, 57 seconds left. The Suners fired Adrian Martinez twice on the last drive, and the Cornhuskers couldn’t manage the first down.

Eric Gray ran 84 yards with a 15-carry and Kennedy Brooks added 75 yards in 14 attempts by the Snurs (3-0), who scored 408 yards.

Martinez passed 289 yards and touched down to Nebraska (2-2). Nebraska has won their first victory over the teams ranked since 2015.

“Our people are not obsessed with moral victory,” Martinez said. “We want to win the game. It’s that simple. There are certainly a lot of positives to get rid of from today, and we do it when we watch the movie. But after all, we Lost the game. That’s it. “

Oklahoma started with an old-fashioned 14-play, 75-yard drive. Ratler sneaked in from 1 and gave the Snurs a 7-0 lead.

Nebraska responded with a 14-play drive, but the Huskers derailed with four penalties. Connor Calpe’s long career, a 51-yard field goal, put the Cornhuskers on board.

Oklahoma led 7-3 in half-time. In the third quarter, Mario Williams of Oklahoma took the pitch and threw backwards to Ratler, who found Marvin Mims open for a profit of 23 yards. When Ratler connected to Jeremiah Hall in the end zone for a one-yard touchdown pass, the Snurs cashed in and took a 14-3 lead.

Nebraska seemed to gain momentum when Martinez scored from a distance of four yards. A large number of Nebraska visitors yelled, followed by a loud “Go Big Red” chanting, with eight seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Oklahoma reacted immediately. Isaiah Coe blocked the additional points and Pat Fields returned 100 yards with 2 points. This was the first blocked additional point return for a two-point conversion in Oklahoma since Zack Sanchez returned to TCU once in 2014.

Brooks scored a two-yard run at the beginning of the fourth quarter, with additional points raising the Snurs to 23-9.

Martinez completed a 55-yard pass to Xavier Betts, and a penalty of 15-yard sportsmanship against the Oklahoma sideline was tacked to steal the ball from Nebraska 13 to Oklahoma 17. Down drowned out the threat.

Nebraska eventually took ownership in a good field position, and Martinez found Omarmanning on a 21-yard touchdown pass. The extra points cut Oklahoma’s lead to 23-16 and played at 5:38.

Oklahoma knocked for nearly five minutes overtime on the next drive, and Cornhuskers had little time to respond.

Nebraska coach Scott Frost said he was proud of how his team played.

“We will have more opportunities to win big games,” he said. “But if they play that way, we’ll get a chance in many games, just as we play all year round today and fight hard all year round. And like me. Disappointed, but happy with the way they competed. “

Take away

Nebraska: The Cornhusks fought bravely and the defense gave another solid performance. Nebraska allowed Fordham 7 points and Buffalo 3 points in the previous two games. However, Cornhuskers need to reduce penalties and mistakes in order to compete in the Big Ten.

Oklahoma: Sooners made another strong defense a week after shutting out Western Carolina 76-0. Nebraska averaged 517 yards per game, while Oklahoma kept the Cornhuskers down to 384 yards. The Suners paved the way for their undefeated unconference play, but they will need to figure out how to finish their drive for the better in league play.

Impact on polls

Oklahoma will not lose a lot of ground even if the game is closer than expected.


Bob Stoops, who coached Oklahoma for the 2000 national title, was praised for being in the 2021 class of the College Football Hall of Fame in half-time.

Stoops won 190 games in 18 seasons at Sooners, putting Sooners into four BCS National Championship games.

Stoops was also in town as part of Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” pre-game show.


Martinez describes the experience as follows: It was. Atmosphere, how close you are to the bystanders. So maybe there was a one-foot room over there (in front of the fans), but I loved it. I asked the Student Affairs Division to speak to me. Alright, let’s go. Bring it and do you know what I mean? So you have to love it. It’s part of college football. And I was happy to be here today. “


Nebraska will visit Michigan on Saturday to begin playing Big Ten.

Oklahoma will open the Big 12 Slate by hosting West Virginia on Saturday.

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