Nebraska / Oklahoma


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Reasons why the NU/OU game is second to none when it comes to big time college football.  Oklahoma probably thinks of Texas as their biggest rivalry game, but to Nebraska, the Sooners have always been the most important.  Its a shame with the start of the Big 12 Conference that the two programs no longer play every year, and a bigger one that the two teams will be in different conferences with NU going to the Big 10.



                 Bud Wilkinson                     Bob Devaney                              Barry Switzer                                    Tom Osborne

                                                                                                     By The Numbers (through 2010 season)

The game is between two of the top college football programs of all time based on wins and winning %

1971 NU/OU game is still considered by many to be one of the best college football games ever (NU won 35 - 31)(see bottom of page)

The series has produced 12 National Championship teams (OU- 7,  NU- 5,  AP or Coaches Poll) OU tied for second, NU tied for 3rd

Unlike some top rivalries, the W/L record is fairly close,  OU leads 45-38-3

The two teams have combined for 1,626 wins. (NU- 837 - 4th all time,  OU - 811 -8th all time)
OU is 5th all time in winning %, NU is 9th
OU is 1st all time in points scored, NU is 3rd

There are a total of 91 bowl games between the teams, with 50 wins. (OU-26 - T - 4th all time , NU-24 8th all time)

Four of college footballs all time greatest coaches have coached the teams, Bud Wilkinson, Bob Devaney, Barry Switzer, and Tom Osborne.


There are 86 Conference Championships for the two teams (some are shared)  (NU - 43, OU - 43)

They have combined for 58 seasons of at least 10 wins,   (OU - 32, NU - 26)  #s 1 & 3 in the country
 A total of 953 players from the two schools have made first team All Conference (NU - 505, OU - 448)

261 players have made various All American teams from the schools  (OU -152, NU- 109)

128 players form the two scholls have been Consensus All American (OU - 74, NU -  54)  5th & 6th in the country

A total of 62 major award winners have came from the 2 programs (OU-35, NU-27)  #s 4 & 5 in the country

690 players from the 2 teams have been drafted into the NFL (OU - 350, NU - 340)  #s 4 & 5 in the country




NU had a streak of appearing in 348 consecutive AP Polls,    OU had a streak of 47 straight wins     
Neraska ended OUs 74 game conference unbeaten string

Huskers twice gave the Sooners  its only loss of the year 1971 & 1978

24 times both teams were ranked at game time

18 of those games both teams were in the top 10

9 games had both teams in the top 5

The 2 schools have combined for 145 football  Academic All Americnas, 1st and 6th in the country (NU-98, OU-47) 

There are 97 appearances in the final AP poll between the two teams, (OU - 51, NU - 46)



1971 Game of the Century
Jerry Tagge   
Jack Mildren 
 Jeff Kinney                                                                            
Reasons the 1971 Nebraska Oklahoma game was the Game of the Century
  • Nebraska was the defending AP National Champion and ranked #1 with the first regular season poll, OU was #10 and by Oct. 11th, the Sooners were #2, so there was a long build up for the game featuring the # 1 & 2 teams in the country. 
  • Nebraska had one of the top defenses in the country, giving up a total of 64 points in 10 games prior to the OU game, and only 70 yards per game rushing.  Oklahoma had one of the best offenses, leading the nation in total and scoring offense and  in rushing with over 430 yards per game on the ground.
  • The lead in the game changed 5 times, with the winning points scored with 1:38 left in the game.  Even then OU barely missed on a long pass that would have probably won the game.
  • Tom Osborne and Barry Switzer were the teams offensive coordinators.
  • Nebraska had 4 concensus first team All Americans ,  Oklahoma had 2.  With several others on both teams named 1st, 2nd, or 3rd by various selectors.
  • 17 of the 22 first team All Big 8 players were in the game.    Both teams had several other players named to 2nd, 3rd teams by various selctors.  Almost every staring player from both teams.
  • The top 3 vote getters for the Heisman Trophy from the next season played in the game - Johnny Rodgers, Greg Pruitt, Rich Glover.  There were also 2 Lombardi award winners and an Outland winner - Larry Jacobsxen (Lombardi 1971) and RIch Glover (both 1972)
  • Both 1971 Nebraska and 1971 Oklahoma are still ranked as 2 of the best teams of all time by various selectors.
  Nebraska radio play-by-play man Lyell Bremser echoed the nation when he proclaimed, “I never thought I would live this long to see this kind of    fotball game
  “They can quit playing now. They’ve played the perfect game,” Dave Kindred wrote in the Louisville Courier Journal.
  "Yes Sir, Mr. Presidnet they sold a lot of popcorn today.  Nobody left", Bob Devaney to President Nixon on the phone after the game.