Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry

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Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry
First meeting November 23, 1912
Nebraska 13, Oklahoma 9
Latest meeting December 4, 2010
Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 20
Next meeting September 18, 2021
(Norman, OK)
Statistics
Meetings total 86
All-time series Oklahoma leads, 45–38–3
Largest victory 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 in the 2010 Big 12 Championship Game. 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. They added games in 2029 and 2030 as well.[4]

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 and their 16-game win streak over Nebraska.

Former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini served as an assistant at Oklahoma in 2004.[5]

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 Nebraska joined the Big Ten, which Oklahoma won 23–20.[6]

In 2012 an agreement was reached between the two schools to play a home-and-home series during the 2021 and 2022 seasons.[7] In 2016, the schools announced an additional home-and-home series for 2029 and 2030.[8]

Game results[edit]

Nebraska victories Oklahoma victories Tie games
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 November 23, 1912 Lincoln Nebraska 13–9
2 October 25, 1919 Omaha Tie 7–7
3 October 29, 1921 Lincoln Nebraska 44–0
4 October 28, 1922 Norman Nebraska 39–7
5 October 13, 1923 Lincoln Nebraska 24–0
6 October 11, 1924 Norman Oklahoma 14–7
7 October 31, 1925 Lincoln Nebraska 12–0
8 November 10, 1928 Norman Nebraska 44–6
9 November 16, 1929 Lincoln Tie 13–13
10 October 11, 1930 Norman Oklahoma 20–7
11 October 10, 1931 Lincoln Nebraska 13–0
12 November 19, 1932 Norman Nebraska 5–0
13 October 28, 1933 Lincoln Nebraska 16–7
14 October 20, 1934 Norman Nebraska 6–0
15 October 26, 1935 Lincoln Nebraska 19–0
16 October 24, 1936 Norman #15 Nebraska 14–0
17 October 16, 1937 Lincoln Tie 0–0
18 October 22, 1938 Norman #14 Oklahoma 14–0
19 November 25, 1939 Lincoln Nebraska 13–7
20 November 26, 1940 Norman #12 Nebraska 13–0
21 November 29, 1941 Lincoln Nebraska 7–6
22 October 24, 1942 Norman Nebraska 7–0
23 November 27, 1943 Lincoln Oklahoma 26–7
24 December 2, 1944 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 31–12
25 September 29, 1945 Lincoln Oklahoma 20–0
26 November 23, 1946 Norman #18 Oklahoma 27–6
27 November 22, 1947 Lincoln Oklahoma 14–13
28 November 13, 1948 Norman #9 Oklahoma 41–14
29 October 22, 1949 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 48–0
30 November 25, 1950 Norman #1 Oklahoma 49–35
31 November 24, 1951 Lincoln #12 Oklahoma 27–0
32 November 22, 1952 Norman #5 Oklahoma 34–13
33 November 21, 1953 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 30–7
34 November 20, 1954 Norman #3 Oklahoma 55–7
35 November 19, 1955 Lincoln #1 Oklahoma 41–0
36 November 24, 1956 Norman #1 Oklahoma 54–6
37 November 23, 1957 Lincoln #6 Oklahoma 32–7
38 November 22, 1958 Norman #4 Oklahoma 40–7
39 October 31, 1959 Lincoln Nebraska 25–21
40 November 19, 1960 Norman Nebraska 17–14
41 November 25, 1961 Lincoln Oklahoma 21–14
42 November 24, 1962 Norman #10 Oklahoma 34–6
43 November 23, 1963 Lincoln #10 Nebraska 29–20
44 November 21, 1964 Norman Oklahoma 17–7
No. Date Location Winner Score
45 November 25, 1965 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 21–9
46 November 24, 1966 Norman Oklahoma 10–9
47 November 25, 1967 Lincoln #5 Oklahoma 21–14
48 November 23, 1968 Norman #14 Oklahoma 47–0
49 November 22, 1969 Norman #16 Nebraska 44–14
50 November 21, 1970 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 28–21
51 November 25, 1971 Norman #1 Nebraska 35–31
52 November 23, 1972 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 17–14
53 November 23, 1973 Norman #3 Oklahoma 27–0
54 November 23, 1974 Lincoln #1 Oklahoma 28–14
55 November 22, 1975 Norman #7 Oklahoma 35–10
56 November 26, 1976 Lincoln #8 Oklahoma 20–17
57 November 25, 1977 Norman #3 Oklahoma 38–7
58 November 11, 1978 Lincoln #4 Nebraska 17–14
59 January 1, 1979 Miami1 #4 Oklahoma 31–24
60 November 24, 1979 Norman #8 Oklahoma 17–14
61 November 22, 1980 Lincoln #9 Oklahoma 21–17
62 November 21, 1981 Norman #5 Nebraska 37–14
63 November 26, 1982 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 28–24
64 November 26, 1983 Norman #1 Nebraska 28–21
65 November 17, 1984 Lincoln #4 Oklahoma 17–7
66 November 23, 1985 Norman #5 Oklahoma 27–7
67 November 22, 1986 Lincoln #3 Oklahoma 20–17
68 November 21, 1987 Lincoln #2 Oklahoma 17–7
69 November 19, 1988 Norman #7 Nebraska 7–3
70 November 18, 1989 Lincoln #6 Nebraska 42–25
71 November 23, 1990 Norman Oklahoma 45–10
72 November 29, 1991 Lincoln #11 Nebraska 19–14
73 November 27, 1992 Norman #12 Nebraska 33–9
74 November 26, 1993 Lincoln #2 Nebraska 21–7
75 November 25, 1994 Norman #1 Nebraska 13–3
76 November 24, 1995 Lincoln #1 Nebraska 37–0
77 November 2, 1996 Norman #5 Nebraska 73–21
78 November 1, 1997 Lincoln #1 Nebraska 69–7
79 October 28, 2000 Norman #3 Oklahoma 31–14
80 October 27, 2001 Lincoln #3 Nebraska 20–10
81 November 13, 2004 Norman #2 Oklahoma 30–3
82 October 29, 2005 Lincoln Oklahoma 31–24
83 December 2, 2006 Kansas City2 #8 Oklahoma 21–7
84 November 1, 2008 Norman #4 Oklahoma 62–28
85 November 7, 2009 Lincoln Nebraska 10–3
86 December 4, 2010 Arlington3 #9 Oklahoma 23–20
Series: Oklahoma leads 45–38–3
1 1979 Orange Bowl

2 2006 Big 12 Championship Game

3 2010 Big 12 Championship Game

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.si.com/college-football/2016/01/20/oklahoma-nebraska-future-games
  5. ^ http://www.huskers.com//pdf7/135049.pdf
  6. ^ "Osborne: Nebraska has offer to play OU in 2020-21". The Macon Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  7. ^ "Oklahoma And Nebraska Rivalry Renewed". News9.com. November 29, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ Oklahoma, Nebraska to renew rivalry with games in 2029, 2030