GAMEDAY College Football

Oklahoma 23, Nebraska 16

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer

NORMAN, Okla. - Spencer Rattler passed for a touchdown and ran for another, and No. 3 Oklahoma held on to beat Nebraska 23-16.

Celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the "Game of the Century" - No. 1 Nebraska's 35-31 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in 1971, the teams rewarded their nostalgic fans with a competitive contest.

In the first meeting between the former conference rivals since 2010, Nebraska got the ball trailing by a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining and no timeouts. The Cornhuskers could not manage a first down.

Eric Gray ran for 84 yards on 15 carries and Kennedy Brooks added 75 yards on 14 attempts for the Sooners (3-0).

Adrian Martinez passed for 289 yards and a touchdown for Nebraska (2-2), which was seeking its first win over a ranked team since 2015.

Oklahoma opened with an old-school 14-play, 75-yard drive. Rattler sneaked in from the 1 to give the Sooners a 7-0 lead.

Nebraska responded with a 14-play drive, but the Huskers were derailed by four penalties. Connor Culp's career-long 51-yard field goal put the Cornhuskers on the board.

In the third quarter, Oklahoma's Mario Williams caught a pitch and threw backwards to Rattler, who found Marvin Mims open for a 23-yard gain. The Sooners cashed in and took a 14-3 lead when Rattler found Jeremiah Hall in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown pass.

Nebraska appeared to gain momentum when Martinez scored from 4 yards out. Nebraska's large visiting crowd roared, and a loud "Go Big Red" chant followed with eight seconds left in the third quarter.

Oklahoma quickly responded. Isaiah Coe blocked the extra point, and Pat Fields returned it 100 yards for two points. It was Oklahoma's first blocked extra point return for a 2-point conversion since Zack Sanchez ran one back against TCU in 2013.

Brooks scored on a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter, and the extra point put the Sooners up 23-9.

Martinez completed a 55-yard pass to Zavier Betts, and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against 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 threat.

Nebraska eventually gained possession in good field position, and Martinez found Omar Manning for a 21-yard touchdown pass. The extra point cut Oklahoma's lead to 23-16 with 5:38 to play.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NebOkla
Okla TD 8:02 Spencer Rattler 1 yard TD run (Gabe Brkic Extra Point) 0 7
Neb FG 1:21 Connor Culp 51 yard field goal 3 7
Third Quarter NebOkla
Okla TD 3:50 Jeremiah Hall 1 yard TD pass from Spencer Rattler (Gabe Brkic Extra Point) 3 14
Neb TD 0:08 Adrian Martinez 4 yard TD run (Attempt Failed) 9 14
Okla TD 0:08 Def. extra point return for 2 pts 9 16
Fourth Quarter NebOkla
Okla TD 10:24 Kennedy Brooks 2 yard TD run (Gabe Brkic Extra Point) 9 23
Neb TD 5:38 Omar Manning 21 yard TD pass from Adrian Martinez (Connor Culp Extra Point) 16 23
Team Stats
  Nebraska Oklahoma
First downs 18 22
  Rushing 4 10
  Passing 13 10
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-14, 43% 6-11, 55%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 38-95 35-194
Passing Yards 289 214
Return Yards 22 31
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-25-1 24-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 5-28 0-0
Punts 2 4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-70 7-69
Nebraska Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Martinez 19 25 289 1 1
Oklahoma Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Rattler 24 34 214 1 0
Nebraska Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Johnson 11 42 3.8 0
A. Martinez 17 34 2.0 1
G. Ervin Jr. 9 18 2.0 0
S. Morrison 1 1 1.0 0
Oklahoma Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Gray 15 84 5.6 0
K. Brooks 14 75 5.4 1
S. Rattler 6 35 5.8 1
Nebraska Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
Z. Betts 3 61 20.3 0
O. Manning 2 52 26.0 1
R. Johnson 3 48 16.0 0
A. Allen 6 43 7.2 0
T. Vokolek 1 38 38.0 0
S. Toure 3 27 9.0 0
L. Falck 1 20 20.0 0
Oklahoma Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Haselwood 6 61 10.2 0
M. Mims 2 32 16.0 0
D. Stoops 2 31 15.5 0
M. Williams 3 29 9.7 0
M. Woods II 3 24 8.0 0
C. Jackson 2 14 7.0 0
B. Willis 1 11 11.0 0
A. Stogner 1 9 9.0 0
E. Gray 1 2 2.0 0
J. Hall 3 1 .3 1
Nebraska Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Oklahoma Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Graham 1 0
Nebraska Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
W. Przystup 2 101 50.5
Oklahoma Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Turk 4 157 39.3
Nebraska Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Toure 1 10 10.0
Oklahoma Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Mims 1 0 0
Nebraska Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Johnson 1 12 12.0
Oklahoma Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Mims 1 0 0
M. Williams 1 31 31.0
Nebraska Missed FG
Player Length
C. Culp 50
C. Culp 35
Oklahoma Missed FG
Player Length
G. Brkic 54




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