Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry

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Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry
Nebraska Cornhuskers logo.svg Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
Nebraska Cornhuskers Oklahoma Sooners

Total meetings 86
Series record Oklahoma leads, 45–38–3
First meeting November 23, 1912
Nebraska 13, Oklahoma 9
Last meeting December 4, 2010
Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 20
Largest win Nebraska, 69-7 (1997)
Longest win streak Oklahoma, 16 (1943-58)

The Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry was an American college football rivalry between the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team of the University of Nebraska and Oklahoma Sooners football team of the University of Oklahoma. The rivalry continued in the Big 12 Conference until 2010, though the rivalry was more prominent when both teams were members of the former Big Eight Conference before 1996. The annual rivalry effectively ended when Oklahoma was lined up in the Southern division of the newly formed Big 12 to maintain its rivalry with Texas and also its recruiting hotbeds in Texas.[1][2][3] As both teams won their respective divisions in 2010, they met one last time, in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game.[dated info] Following the 2010 season, Nebraska left the Big 12 for the Big Ten Conference. As a result, the 2009 meeting turned out to be the last regular-season scheduled meeting. Nebraska's departure left the future of the rivalry in doubt. The two teams have agreed to play a home-and-home non-conference series scheduled for 2021 in Norman (to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1971 classic) and 2022 in Lincoln.

The rivalry had been less intense since the 1996 forming of the Big 12 Conference. This was due to the split-division nature of the Big 12 that scheduled the Cornhuskers and Sooners to meet only twice every four years. Before the beginning of Big 12 play in 1996, the Cornhuskers and Sooners had met for 71 straight years.

The 1923 game, only the fifth time these teams met, was the first game played in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

These teams have been involved in several historic match-ups, such as the Game of the Century, where the teams came into the game ranked one and two in the Associated Press Poll, often making these games of great importance in deciding the national championship. Historically, the rivalry's most distinguishing quality had been the grudging respect and appreciation between the two tradition-rich programs. Also of note is the game's former status as the premier Thanksgiving Day game for the middle of the country.

Oklahoma gave Nebraska their only regular-season losses in 1964, 1966, 1975, 1979, and 1987, while Nebraska did the same to Oklahoma in 1971 and 1978. In the 1978 season, Nebraska and Oklahoma met twice; once in the regular season with a Nebraska victory, and later at the 1979 Orange Bowl with an Oklahoma victory.

The 1959 meeting between these teams is often considered Nebraska’s biggest upset ever. On that day, unranked Nebraska defeated #19 Oklahoma 25–21 in Lincoln, ending Oklahoma's 74-game conference win streak.

Current Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini served as an assistant at Oklahoma in 2004.[4]

End of the rivalry[edit]

On June 11, 2010, the University of Nebraska announced that its regents had unanimously voted to end the university's affiliation with the Big 12 Conference, and would be joining the Big Ten Conference beginning with the 2011 season.[1][2][3] The two teams met one final time in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game before NU joined the Big Ten, which OU won 23–20.[5]

On November 29, 2012 an agreement was reached between the two schools to play a home series during the 2021 and 2022 seasons.[6]

Game results[edit]

Nebraska victories are shaded ██ cream. Oklahoma victories are shaded ██ crimson. Ties are gray.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
November 23, 1912 Lincoln Nebraska 13 Oklahoma 9 Nebraska 1–0
October 25, 1919 Omaha Oklahoma 7 Nebraska 7 Nebraska 1–0–1
October 29, 1921 Lincoln Nebraska 44 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 2–0–1
October 28, 1922 Norman Nebraska 39 Oklahoma 7 Nebraska 3–0–1
October 13, 1923 Lincoln Nebraska 24 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 4–0–1
October 11, 1924 Norman Oklahoma 14 Nebraska 7 Nebraska 4–1–1
October 31, 1925 Lincoln Nebraska 12 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 5–1–1
November 10, 1928 Norman Nebraska 44 Oklahoma 6 Nebraska 6–1–1
November 16, 1929 Lincoln Oklahoma 13 Nebraska 13 Nebraska 6–1–2
October 11, 1930 Norman Oklahoma 20 Nebraska 7 Nebraska 6–2–2
October 10, 1931 Lincoln Nebraska 13 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 7–2–2
November 19, 1932 Norman Nebraska 5 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 8–2–2
October 28, 1933 Lincoln Nebraska 16 Oklahoma 7 Nebraska 9–2–2
October 20, 1934 Norman Nebraska 6 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 10–2–2
October 26, 1935 Lincoln Nebraska 19 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 11–2–2
October 24, 1936 Norman #15 Nebraska 14 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 12–2–2
October 16, 1937 Lincoln Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 0 Nebraska 12–2–3
October 22, 1938 Norman #14 Oklahoma 14 Nebraska 0 Nebraska 12–3–3
November 25, 1939 Lincoln Nebraska 13 #14 Oklahoma 7 Nebraska 13–3–3
November 26, 1940 Norman #12 Nebraska 13 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 14–3–3
November 29, 1941 Lincoln Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 6 Nebraska 15–3–3
October 24, 1942 Norman Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 0 Nebraska 16–3–3
November 27, 1943 Lincoln Oklahoma 26 Nebraska 7 Nebraska 16–4–3
December 2, 1944 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 12 Nebraska 16–5–3
September 29, 1945 Lincoln Oklahoma 20 Nebraska 0 Nebraska 16–6–3
November 23, 1946 Norman #18 Oklahoma 27 Nebraska 6 Nebraska 16–7–3
November 22, 1947 Lincoln Oklahoma 14 Nebraska 13 Nebraska 16–8–3
November 13, 1948 Norman #9 Oklahoma 41 Nebraska 14 Nebraska 16–9–3
October 22, 1949 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 48 Nebraska 0 Nebraska 16–10–3
November 25, 1950 Norman #1 Oklahoma 49 #16 Nebraska 35 Nebraska 16–11–3
November 24, 1951 Lincoln #12 Oklahoma 27 Nebraska 0 Nebraska 16–12–3
November 22, 1952 Norman #5 Oklahoma 34 Nebraska 13 Nebraska 16–13–3
November 21, 1953 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 30 Nebraska 7 Nebraska 16–14–3
November 20, 1954 Norman #3 Oklahoma 55 Nebraska 7 Nebraska 16–15–3
November 19, 1955 Lincoln #1 Oklahoma 41 Nebraska 0 Tie 16–16–3
November 24, 1956 Norman #1 Oklahoma 54 Nebraska 6 Oklahoma 17–16–3
November 23, 1957 Lincoln #6 Oklahoma 32 Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 18–16–3
November 22, 1958 Norman #4 Oklahoma 40 Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 19–16–3
October 31, 1959 Lincoln Nebraska 25 #19 Oklahoma 21 Oklahoma 19–17–3
November 19, 1960 Norman Nebraska 17 Oklahoma 14 Oklahoma 19–18–3
November 25, 1961 Lincoln Oklahoma 21 Nebraska 14 Oklahoma 20–18–3
November 24, 1962 Norman #10 Oklahoma 34 Nebraska 6 Oklahoma 21–18–3
November 23, 1963 Lincoln #10 Nebraska 29 #6 Oklahoma 20 Oklahoma 21–19–3
November 21, 1964 Norman Oklahoma 17 #4 Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 22–19–3
November 25, 1965 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 21 Oklahoma 9 Oklahoma 22–20–3
November 24, 1966 Norman Oklahoma 10 #4 Nebraska 9 Oklahoma 23–20–3
November 25, 1967 Lincoln #5 Oklahoma 21 Nebraska 14 Oklahoma 24–20–3
November 23, 1968 Norman #14 Oklahoma 47 Nebraska 0 Oklahoma 25–20–3
November 22, 1969 Norman #16 Nebraska 44 Oklahoma 14 Oklahoma 25–21–3
November 21, 1970 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 28 Oklahoma 21 Oklahoma 25–22–3
November 25, 1971 Norman #1 Nebraska 35 #2 Oklahoma 31 Oklahoma 25–23–3
November 23, 1972 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 17 #5 Nebraska 14 Oklahoma 26–23–3
November 23, 1973 Norman #3 Oklahoma 27 #10 Nebraska 0 Oklahoma 27–23–3
November 23, 1974 Lincoln #1 Oklahoma 28 #6 Nebraska 14 Oklahoma 28–23–3
November 22, 1975 Norman #7 Oklahoma 35 #2 Nebraska 10 Oklahoma 29–23–3
November 26, 1976 Lincoln #8 Oklahoma 20 #10 Nebraska 17 Oklahoma 30–23–3
November 25, 1977 Norman #3 Oklahoma 38 #11 Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 31–23–3
November 11, 1978 Lincoln #4 Nebraska 17 #1 Oklahoma 14 Oklahoma 31–24–3
January 1, 1979 Miami #4 Oklahoma 31 #6 Nebraska 24 Oklahoma 32–24–3
November 24, 1979 Norman #8 Oklahoma 17 #3 Nebraska 14 Oklahoma 33–24–3
November 22, 1980 Lincoln #9 Oklahoma 21 #4 Nebraska 17 Oklahoma 34–24–3
November 21, 1981 Norman #5 Nebraska 37 Oklahoma 14 Oklahoma 34–25–3
November 26, 1982 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 28 #11 Oklahoma 24 Oklahoma 34–26–3
November 26, 1983 Norman #1 Nebraska 28 Oklahoma 21 Oklahoma 34–27–3
November 17, 1984 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 17 #1 Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 35–27–3
November 23, 1985 Norman #5 Oklahoma 27 #2 Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 36–27–3
November 22, 1986 Lincoln #3 Oklahoma 20 #5 Nebraska 17 Oklahoma 37–27–3
November 21, 1987 Lincoln #2 Oklahoma 17 #1 Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 38–27–3
November 19, 1988 Norman #7 Nebraska 7 #9 Oklahoma 3 Oklahoma 38–28–3
November 18, 1989 Lincoln #6 Nebraska 42 Oklahoma 25 Oklahoma 38–29–3
November 23, 1990 Norman Oklahoma 45 #10 Nebraska 10 Oklahoma 39–29–3
November 29, 1991 Lincoln #11 Nebraska 19 #19 Oklahoma 14 Oklahoma 39–30–3
November 27, 1992 Norman #12 Nebraska 33 Oklahoma 9 Oklahoma 39–31–3
November 26, 1993 Lincoln #2 Nebraska 21 #16 Oklahoma 7 Oklahoma 39–32–3
November 25, 1994 Norman #1 Nebraska 13 Oklahoma 3 Oklahoma 39–33–3
November 24, 1995 Lincoln #1 Nebraska 37 Oklahoma 0 Oklahoma 39–34–3
November 2, 1996 Norman #5 Nebraska 73 Oklahoma 21 Oklahoma 39–35–3
November 1, 1997 Lincoln #1 Nebraska 69 Oklahoma 7 Oklahoma 39–36–3
October 28, 2000 Norman #3 Oklahoma 31 #1 Nebraska 14 Oklahoma 40–36–3
October 27, 2001 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 20 #2 Oklahoma 10 Oklahoma 40–37–3
November 13, 2004 Norman #2 Oklahoma 30 Nebraska 3 Oklahoma 41–37–3
October 29, 2005 Lincoln Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 24 Oklahoma 42–37–3
December 2, 2006 Kansas City 1 #8 Oklahoma 21 #19 Nebraska 7 Oklahoma 43–37–3
November 1, 2008 Norman #4 Oklahoma 62 Nebraska 28 Oklahoma 44–37–3
November 7, 2009 Lincoln Nebraska 10 #20 Oklahoma 3 Oklahoma 44–38–3
December 4, 2010 Arlington 2 #9 Oklahoma 23 #13 Nebraska 20 Oklahoma 45–38–3

1 2006 Big 12 Championship Game
2 2010 Big 12 Championship Game

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Perlman hopes to begin Big Ten athletics by 2011". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Nebraska to the Big Ten". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  3. ^ a b "It's unanimous: Nebraska to the Big Ten". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 2010-06-11. 
  4. ^ http://www.huskers.com//pdf7/135049.pdf
  5. ^ "Osborne: Nebraska has offer to play OU in 2020-21". The Macon Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  6. ^ "Oklahoma And Nebraska Rivalry Renewed". News9.com. November 29, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012.