GAMEDAY College Football

Oklahoma 49, Nebraska 14

(AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz)

By ERIC OLSON
AP College Football Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. - Dillon Gabriel threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and sixth-ranked Oklahoma hammered Nebraska 49-14 in the Cornhuskers' first game following the firing of Scott Frost.

The game was put on the schedule 10 years ago as the back end of a home-and-home series intended to celebrate what once was among college football's greatest rivalries. Instead, it was further confirmation the Cornhuskers are just a shell of the program that decades ago battled the Sooners for conference titles year-in and year-out.

OU (3-0) posted its most lopsided victory over Nebraska (1-3) since a 45-10 win in 1990. The Sooners have won seven of eight against the Huskers. The next meetings are set for 2029 and '30.

The Huskers have lost 19 straight against Top 25 opponents and nine in a row against Bowl Subdivision teams.

Frost's tenure, which lasted four years plus three games, was marked by close games. The first one under interim head coach Mickey Joseph was never in doubt after the opening quarter, and Memorial Stadium began emptying at halftime.

Oklahoma scored 35 straight points after Nebraska opened the game with a six-play, 77-yard touchdown drive. The Huskers totaled just 71 yards on their next 37 plays in the first half and punted seven times, committed two turnovers and twice turned the ball over on downs before backup quarterback Chubba Purdy ran for a late touchdown.

Gabriel was 16 of 27 for 230 yards and turned things over to backup Davis Beville on the third series of the second half. The Sooners finished with 580 total yards, 312 on the ground.

Gabriel got the Sooners started with a career-long 61-yard touchdown run and then threw a perfect 25-yard pass to Jalil Farooq to put his team ahead.

Marcus Major scored the next two TDs, the first on a short run and the second on a trick play where Gabriel lateraled to tight end Brayden Willis, who lofted a 24-yard pass to the wide-open Major.

Eric Gray's 16-yard run made it 35-7 at half, and then the Sooners went mostly to the run game to chew up clock. OU was the first team to rush for more than 300 yards against Nebraska since Wisconsin in 2019.

The Huskers' Casey Thompson was 14 of 20 for 129 yards and a touchdown and got sacked four times. He was replaced by Purdy after the Huskers went down 49-7 in the middle of the third quarter.

Nebraska and Oklahoma combined for 44 of 48 Big Seven and Big Eight championships from 1948-1995, with many of those impacting the national championship picture.

Nebraska and Oklahoma players from the 1970s and `80s made a weekend of it, the Huskers' 1970-71 national championship teams held a reunion and Johnny Rodgers was honored on the field to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his winning the Heisman Trophy.

THE TAKEAWAY

Oklahoma: The Sooners didn't have to worry about getting out to a slow start for a second straight week. After scoring seven first-half points against Kent State last week, the Sooners had 35 by half and will go into Big 12 play off their most complete game of the season on both sides of the ball.

Nebraska: The game illustrated how far the Huskers are from being able to compete against a high-quality opponent. The defense continues to flounder, having given up more than 500 yards to a third straight Bowl Subdivision opponent. The offensive line doesn't give Thompson a chance to create a rhythm.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OklaNeb
Neb TD 11:19 Trey Palmer 32 yd pass from Casey Thompson (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 0 7
Okla TD 9:30 Dillon Gabriel 61 yd run (Zach Schmit kick) 7 7
Okla TD 1:57 Jalil Farooq 25 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Zach Schmit kick) 14 7
Second Quarter OklaNeb
Okla TD 14:48 Marcus Major 1 yd run (Zach Schmit kick) 21 7
Okla TD 11:35 Marcus Major 24 yd pass from Brayden Willis (Zach Schmit kick) 28 7
Okla TD 1:44 Eric Gray 16 yd run (Zach Schmit kick) 35 7
Third Quarter OklaNeb
Okla TD 13:13 Eric Gray 21 yd run (Zach Schmit kick) 42 7
Okla TD 8:59 Theo Wease 15 yd pass from Dillon Gabriel (Zach Schmit kick) 49 7
Fourth Quarter OklaNeb
Neb TD 3:17 Chubba Purdy 8 yd run (Timmy Bleekrode kick) 49 14
Team Stats
  Oklahoma Nebraska
First downs 31 21
  Rushing 14 11
  Passing 16 7
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 10-16, 63% 6-17, 35%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 54-312 45-163
Passing Yards 268 164
Return Yards 61 -1
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-30-0 21-31-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--7 4--32
Punts 3 7
Punts-Average 48.7 42.3
Fumbles Lost 3-1 2-1
Penalties - Yards 6-65 5-40
Time of Possession 29:36 30:24
Oklahoma Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Gabriel 16 27 230 2 0
B. Willis 1 1 24 1 0
D. Beville 2 2 14 0 0
Nebraska Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Thompson 14 20 129 1 0
C. Purdy 7 11 35 0 1
Oklahoma Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Gray 11 113 10.3 2
J. Barnes 13 77 5.9 0
D. Gabriel 6 55 9.2 1
M. Major 12 35 2.9 1
T. Walker 4 17 4.3 0
D. Beville 3 13 4.3 0
D. Stoops 2 5 2.5 0
M. Mims 1 4 4.0 0
Nebraska Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Ervin Jr. 7 60 8.6 0
A. Allen 11 49 4.5 0
A. Grant 13 36 2.8 0
C. Purdy 5 29 5.8 1
J. Yant 4 19 4.8 0
C. Thompson 5 -30 -6.0 0
Oklahoma Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Mims 4 66 16.5 0
J. Farooq 3 58 19.3 1
T. Wease 2 46 23.0 1
D. Stoops 3 32 10.7 0
M. Major 1 24 24.0 1
B. Willis 2 19 9.5 0
L. Bunkley-Shelton 1 10 10.0 0
D. Parker Jr. 1 5 5.0 0
K. Helms 1 4 4.0 0
E. Gray 1 4 4.0 0
Nebraska Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Palmer 10 92 9.2 1
O. Martin 1 18 18.0 0
M. Washington 2 17 8.5 0
A. Brown 1 11 11.0 0
B. Belt 2 9 4.5 0
C. Brewington 1 6 6.0 0
W. Liewer 1 5 5.0 0
N. Boerkircher 1 4 4.0 0
T. Vokolek 1 2 2.0 0
I. Garcia-Castaneda 1 0 0.0
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Oklahoma Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Lawrence 1 0
Nebraska Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Oklahoma Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Turk 3 146 48.7
Nebraska Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Buschini 6 245 40.8
T. Bleekrode 1 51 51.0
Oklahoma Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Mims 3 60 20.0
T. West 1 1 1.0
Nebraska Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Palmer 1 -1 -1.0
Oklahoma Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Nebraska Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Oklahoma Missed FG
Player Length
Z. Schmit 39
Nebraska Missed FG
Player Length




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