#3 Oklahoma holds on to beat Nebraska 23-16
Sooners edge Huskers in a thrilling game
Norman, OK.- Nebraska traveled to Oklahoma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “The Game of the Century” Saturday. The Huskers kept the game close the entire contest but in the end the Sooners held on to win 23-16. Click the link above to watch highlights of the action. Below are game notes courtesy of Nebraska athletics.
Nebraska at Oklahoma, Sept. 18, 2021, Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Okla.
- Today’s meeting was the 87th all-time between the two schools but the first since the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game. Oklahoma’s victory extended the Sooners lead in the series to 46-38-3, including a 24-16 edge in games played in Norman.
- Nebraska limited Oklahoma to seven first-half points. It marked the first time Oklahoma had been held under 10 points in the first half since being tied with Ohio State 3-3 at half in 2017. It was the first time the Sooners were limited to single digits in the first half at home since being held to six points by Notre Dame in 2012.
- Oklahoma scored a touchdown with 10:24 left in the fourth quarter, marking the first fourth-quarter points Nebraska had allowed in five games dating back to the Minnesota game last season. The fourth-quarter scoreless streak total 76:02 of game time. The Huskers have outscored their opponents 41-7 in the fourth quarter this season.
- With 289 passing yards, quarterback Adrian Martinez eclipsed 1,000 passing yards for the season. Martinez became the first player in school history with four 1,000-yard passing seasons. He reached 1,000 passing yards in his fourth game of the season, joining Tommy Armstrong Jr. in 2015 as the only Huskers to throw for 1,000 yards in the first four games of a season.
- Martinez accounted for 323 yards of total offense, his 16th career game with 300 yards of total offense, extending his own school record. Martinez completed 19-of-25 passes for 289 yards and one touchdown while adding 17 carries for 34 yards and one score.
- Wide receiver Zavier Betts caught three passes for 61 yards, tying his career high in receptions and setting a career high for receiving yards. Betts hauled in a career-long 55-yard reception in the fourth quarter.
- Wide receiver Omar Manning had two catches for 52 yards, setting a career high in receiving yards. Manning caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for his first career touchdown.
- Tight end Travis Vokolek had a 38-yard reception in the third quarter, his career-long bettering a 27-yard reception while playing at Rutgers. Vokolek’s long reception at Nebraska had been 16 yards twice.
- Tight end Austin Allen had a career-high six receptions, eclipsing his previous career high of five against Illinois last season. Allen finished with 43 receiving yards.
- Running back Rahmir Johnson made his first career start in today’s game. Johnson finished the day with 11 carries for 42 yards and had a career-high three receptions for a career-high 48 yards.
- Senior nickel back JoJo Domann recorded a career-high-tying 12 tackles in today’s game, matching his 12 tackles against Penn State in 2020. Domann made eight tackles before halftime. It was Domann’s fourth career double-figure tackle game. Domann added a TFL and a pass breakup.
- Cornerback Quinton Newsome had a career-high seven tackles in the game, while recording his first career pass breakup and second career tackle for loss.
- Punter Will Pryzstup made his first start of the season today and connected on a 51-yard punt on his first attempt. It was the longest Nebraska punt of the season and Pryzstup’s sixth career punt of at least 50 yards.
- Nebraska senior kicker Connor Culp connected on a career-long 51-yard field goal in the first quarter, bettering his previous career long of 49 yards at Purdue last season.
- Culp’s field was Nebraska’s first from beyond 50 yards since Drew Brown made a 51-yarder against Purdue in 2016. The 51-yarder ties for the 12th-longest field goal in school history and the fifth-longest in a road game.