(Norman, Oklahoma - November 2, 1996) - Husker quarterback Scott Frost said this week that the annual Nebraska - Oklahoma game wasn't what it used to be. If he was talking about the fact that they used to be tight hard fought games he was right.
Nebraska handed Oklahoma their worst defeat ever at the hands of the Huskers, rolling to a 73-21 cake walk. Quarterback Scott Frost completed 10 of 22 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns leading a balanced offensive attack. Junior I-Back Jay Sims stepped in late in the game to rush for 98 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns. The Husker's scored 56 second half points, the most ever scored by a Husker team breaking the old record of 55 set in the 1983 Colorado game. The 28 fourth quarter points scored were only two points shy of the team record set in the 1982 Hawaii game.
The win guarantees the Huskers their 35th consecutive winning season.
The Black Shirt defense completely dominated the Sooners limiting a strong offensive team to 20 first half offensive yards. The Huskers intercepted four passes and allowed the Sooners to convert only one third down conversion in 15 tries. Husker defenders recorded five sacks in the game.
Things started out slow for both teams. Neither team was able to mount a drive longer than five plays throughout the first quarter. Oklahoma waited until their fourth drive before recording a first down, the Huskers waited until the last play of the quarter to get their initial first down. The Huskers were unable to capitalize on field position opportunities with an average starting field position of their own 48 yard line but were unable to get any closer than the Sooner 44 yard line. Scott Frost completed only one of his five pass attempts for eight yards.
The second period started off much the same as the first with the teams trading punts. The Huskers finally broke the dam with a 25 yard Kris Brown field goal. From their the Huskers exploded. Husker linebacker Jay Foreman ended the next Sooner drive with an interception of a Justin Fuente pass deep in Sooner territory. Three plays later DeAngelo Evans dove in from one yard out for the game's first touchdown.
The Sooners stalled again on their next drive as the Black Shirts pushed them back 9 yards on the drive. Frost guided the next Husker scoring drive with two completions to wingback Jon Vedral of 19 and 13 yards. Ahman Green put the cap on with a 4 yard run and a 17-0 Husker lead going into the locker rooms at half.
The Sooner offense went to the break with only 12 yards rushing and eight more through the air.
The Sooner defense made the first highlight of the second half with an interception of a Scott Frost pass on the opening drive. But the Black Shirts were in the mood to show them up. True freshman cornerback Ralph Brown picked off an Eric Moore pass andt twisted his way 83 yards for a touchdown putting Nebraska up 24-0.
The Sooners got a scoring opportunity on their next drive, but stalled at the Husker 24 yard line. A field goal attempt sailed wide and the Sooners remained scoreless. The Huskers gave Oklahoma another chance when DeAngelo Evans fumbled a hand off at the Husker 26. Four plays later the Sooners missed another field goal attempt keeping the shutout in tact.
The Husker defense and offense combined for a near perfect performance for the remainder of the period.
Frost drove the Huskers 71 yards in just six plays, hitting Lance Brown on a 41 yard scoring toss for the 38-0 lead. The ensuing Sooner drive lasted one play when Jason Peter tipped a Sooner pass and rover Mike Minter pulled it down for the interception at the Sooner 25. A 10 yard scoring pass from Frost to Vedral capped a six play drive for the Huskers.
The next Sooner drive ended the same as the last when Eric Warfield intercepted a pass on the first play of the drive. DeAngelo Evans took the ball in from seven yards out four plays later and the rout was on as the Huskers lead after three periods 45-0.
But the Huskers weren't finished, yet.
The Sooners drive lasted a full four plays before they were forced to punt on the opening drive of the fourth quarter. The Huskers took the ball at the NU 36 yard line. Nebraska scored again when Frost threw a perfect pass to Jeff lake for a 51 yard touchdown with 12 minutes left in the game.
Oklahoma finally got on the board two drives later when De'Mond Parker dashed through the Husker backups for a 34 yard touchdown run. Not to be out done, the Huskers scored again on their next drive. Jay Sims got the highlight of the drive when he took a Matt Turman option pitch and sprinted around the left side for 50 yards before being tackled at the one foot line. Sims took the ball in on the next play for the score and a 59-7 lead.
The Sooners struck again when Parker broke loose for a 17 yard scoring run. Parker ended the game with 151 yards rushing.
Nebraska added one more touchdown in the fourth on the next drive when Sims took a direct snap from center and darted through for a 22 yard touchdown run.
Oklahoma's Parker continued to shine on the next drive as he capped a Sooner drive with a 51 yard touchdown run closing the score to 66-21. But the Huskers wanted to get in the final word.
On the ensuing kickoff, Kenny Cheatam fielded the ball at the 15 yard line and streaked down the middle of the field for 85 yards and one final Husker touchdown.
The Huskers' 73 points was the most scored by either team in the series history. The 52 point deficit was the largest margin of victory between the two teams, breaking the previous margin of 48 points set by OU three times. The win extended the Huskers' dominance over Oklahoma to a record tying six games.