Spencer Rattler handed for a landing and ran for one more, and No. 3 Oklahoma held on to beat Nebraska 23-16 on Saturday.
Celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the “Recreation of the Century” — No. 1 Nebraska’s 35-31 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in 1971, the groups rewarded their nostalgic followers with a aggressive contest.
Within the first assembly between the previous convention rivals since 2010, Nebraska acquired the ball trailing by a landing with 57 seconds remaining and no timeouts. The Cornhuskers couldn’t handle a primary down.
Eric Grey ran for 84 yards on 15 carries and Kennedy Brooks added 75 yards on 14 makes an attempt for the Sooners (3-0).
Adrian Martinez handed for 289 yards and a landing for Nebraska (2-2), which was in search of its first win over a ranked crew since 2015.
Oklahoma opened with an old-school 14-play, 75-yard drive. Rattler sneaked in from the 1 to provide the Sooners a 7-0 lead.
Nebraska responded with a 14-play drive, however the Huskers have been derailed by 4 penalties. Connor Culp’s career-long 51-yard discipline objective put the Cornhuskers on the board.
Within the third quarter, Oklahoma’s Mario Williams caught a pitch and threw backwards to Rattler, who discovered Marvin Mims open for a 23-yard achieve. The Sooners cashed in and took a 14-3 lead when Rattler discovered Jeremiah Corridor ultimately zone for a 1-yard landing go.
Nebraska appeared to achieve momentum when Martinez scored from 4 yards out. Nebraska’s massive visiting crowd roared, and a loud “Go Huge Pink” chant adopted with eight seconds left within the third quarter.
Oklahoma rapidly responded. Isaiah Coe blocked the additional level, and Pat Fields returned it 100 yards for 2 factors. It was Oklahoma’s first blocked additional level return for a 2-point conversion since Zack Sanchez ran one again towards TCU in 2013.
Brooks scored on a 2-yard run early within the fourth quarter, and the additional level put the Sooners up 23-9.
Martinez accomplished a 55-yard go to Zavier Betts, and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty towards Oklahoma’s sideline was tacked on to take the ball from the Nebraska 13 to the Oklahoma 17. Sooner cornerback D.J. Graham’s spectacular leaping one-handed interception on fourth down snuffed out the risk.
Nebraska ultimately gained possession in good discipline place, and Martinez discovered Omar Manning for a 21-yard landing go. The additional level reduce Oklahoma’s result in 23-16 with 5:38 to play.
Nebraska: The Cornhuskers fought valiantly and the protection put up one other stable efficiency. Nebraska had allowed seven factors to Fordham and three to Buffalo in its earlier two video games.
Oklahoma: The Sooners had one other sturdy defensive effort every week after shutting out Western Carolina 76-0. Oklahoma held the Cornhuskers to 384 yards, and the Sooners discovered their manner by non-conference play unbeaten.
Oklahoma seemingly will not lose a lot floor, regardless that the sport was nearer than three-touchown unfold anticipated.
Nebraska visits Michigan State on Saturday to open Huge Ten play.
Oklahoma opens its Huge 12 slate by internet hosting West Virginia on Saturday.