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Nebraska at Oklahoma Nearly 50 Years After THE Classic Game

September 18, 2021

Today, in a “no matter what,” poor, poor imitation, television controlled, 11 or so start in Norman, Oklahoma, 23 point underdog Nebraska, visits Oklahoma, nearly 50 years after what my friend, college football expert, the late Beano Cook, called football’s greatest game ever (a same locale, 35-31 “Nebby” win, en route to a repeat, mythical, but clearly deserved, national crown), which was played on “Turkey Day” 1971, also the last time people came here on that day.

Jeff Kinney carried the ball 31 times for 171 yards, that day in ’71, and scored 4 touchdowns in that famed tilt, the last with about 90 seconds to play, putting Nebraska ahead to stay.

Apparently, there will be a reunion involving players from both teams at the half of tomorrow’s tilt, which I predict will be an Oklahoma win/no cover. Sooners 34 Huskers 21

An excellent article by Sam McKewon in The Omaha World-Herald follows.

Nebraska-Oklahoma provides irresistible memories and an intriguing opportunity

Nebraska-Oklahoma provides irresistible memories and an intriguing opportunity

It is nostalgia, not my additions today. Click below to view the great Johnny Rodgers punt return touchdown, which opened the scoring (Nebby 7-0). Lyell Bremser, then the Huskers’ broadcaster makes the iconic “call.”

Mr. Rodgers, not Rogers, also had a punt return touchdown, as Nebraska claimed the title in a rout, Orange Bowl win vs Alabama, on New Year’s Night 1972.

 

 

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