Game Week: Oklahoma
NEBRASKA vs. OKLAHOMA
SEPT. 17, 2022 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 AM (CT)
TV - Fox (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft)
RADIO NETWORK - Huskers Radio Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Jessica Coody)
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App
Record: 1-2, 0-1 B1G
Last Game: vs. Georgia Southern (L, 45-42)
Coach: Mickey Joseph
Career/NU Record: 13-7 (3rd Year)/0-0 (1st Year)
vs. Oklahoma: First Meeting
Record: 2-0, 0-0 Big 12
Last Game: vs. Kent State (W, 33-3)
Rankings: AP-6, Coaches-6
Coach: Brent Venables
Career/Oklahoma Record: 2-0 (1st Year)/2-0 (1st Year)
vs. Nebraska: First Meeting
All-Time Series: Oklahoma leads, 46-38-3
In Lincoln: Nebraska leads, 22-18-2
Last Game: Oklahoma, 23-16 (9/18/21) (in Norman)
Win Streak: Oklahoma, Two Games
Nebraska completes non-conference play on Saturday with a renewal of one of the most historic matchups in college football history. The Huskers will play host to sixth-ranked Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium in a game pitting schools who competed in the same conference for nearly a century.
Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is set for shortly after 11 a.m. CT with national television coverage on FOX. The network will also originate its Big Noon Kickoff show from the UNL campus on Saturday morning.
Nebraska comes into the game with a 1-2 record, following a 45-42 loss to Georgia Southern last Saturday. The two teams put on an offensive display as they combined for more than 1,200 yards of total offense and 87 points. Nebraska rallied to take a four-point lead with just over three minutes remaining before Georgia Southern scored in the final minute to steal a victory. The Huskers' offensive attack was explosive in the defeat. Nebraska put up 575 yards of total offense, behind a balanced attack with 257 rushing yards and 318 yards through the air.
Against Oklahoma, Nebraska will be in its first game under the direction of Interim Head Coach Mickey Joseph, who previously served as the Huskers' Associate Head Coach and wide receivers coach.
Oklahoma heads into the contest with a 2-0 record following a 33-3 victory over Kent State on Saturday evening in Norman. The Sooners have dominated both of their opponents this season, outscoring their foes by a combined score of 78-16. Oklahoma allows just 8.0 points and 305.5 yards per game, while the Sooners have passed for 264.5 yards per contest. Brent Venables is in his first season as the Sooners' head coach after spending the previous 10 seasons as Clemson's defensive coordinator.
Series History: Nebraska vs. Oklahoma
Saturday's matchup in the storied "Battle of the Big Reds" completes a home-and-home series between the schools. Last year's meeting in Norman was the 87th all-time between the schools, but the first since 2010 the Big 12 Championship Game. Oklahoma leads the all-time series 46-38-3, with Nebraska holding a slight edge in Lincoln. The schools are also set to meet in a home-and-home series in 2029 (Norman) and 2030 (Lincoln).
• Nebraska and Oklahoma met for 71 consecutive seasons from 1927 to 1997 before the streak was snapped in 1998 with the start of the North-South scheduling rotation in the Big 12.
• Nebraska was 16-3-3 in the first 22 games in the series, including 11 shutouts, before Oklahoma was 22-4 from 1943 to 1968. The series has been nearly even since 1969, with Oklahoma holding a slim 20-18 edge.
• Five times Oklahoma handed Nebraska its only regular-season loss (1964, 1966, 1975, 1979, 1987), while twice Nebraska has given Oklahoma its only regular-season loss (1971, 1978).
• The schools met twice in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups, including the 1971 Game of the Century and the 1987 game in Lincoln. Both of those games were won by the visiting team, with Nebraska using the 1971 victory to catapult it to a second consecutive national championship.
• One of the two schools has been ranked No. 1 in 13 meetings, including eight times by Nebraska, most recently in 2000.
• Since the AP poll began in 1936, the NU-OU matchup has featured at least one ranked team in 62 of 72 games, including Oklahoma's No. 6 ranking this season. Both teams have been ranked in 24 of the meetings.
• The series has featured at least one top-10 team in 50 games and two top-10 teams 18 times, with the matchup featuring at least one top-10 team in 22 straight games from 1970 to 1990. In 17 games since 1971, both teams were ranked in the top 10.
• Nebraska's biggest ever upset win was a 25-21 victory in 1959, ending OU's 36-game win streak and 74-game conference unbeaten streak.
• Hall of Fame Coach Tom Osborne posted his 250th win against Oklahoma in 1997, with a 69-7 win in Lincoln, the largest margin of victory in the series.
Huskers, Sooners Share Rich History
Nebraska and Oklahoma are two of just eight schools in college football history to win 900 or more games, with OU ranking fourth in all-time wins (930) and Nebraska eighth (909).
• In looking at the most wins in college football over the past 30, 40, and 50 years, Nebraska and Oklahoma each rank in the top 10 in all of those categories.
• The schools have combined to win 12 national championships and 96 conference titles, including five national championships and 46 conference crowns by Nebraska.
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Huskers Hit Rare 300-100-100 Combo Twice in 2022
The Nebraska offense has reached a rare milestone twice in the season's first three games. Against both Northwestern and Georgia Southern, the Huskers have produced a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same game. Quarterback Casey Thompson and running back Anthony Grant have produced the passing and rushing efforts, while Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda (Northwestern) and Marcus Washington (Georgia Southern) have added the receiving numbers.
• The Northwestern and Georgia Southern games mark just the eighth and ninth times in school history Nebraska has produced a game with a 300-yard passer, 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver. Prior to the Northwestern game, the previous occurrence came in a 42-38 win at Illinois in 2019.
This Week's Numbers
2 - Nebraska will honor its first two national championships teams this weekend, with a reunion of the 1970 and 1971 national championship teams. The most famous win in Nebraska's run to back-to-back titles was a 35-31 victory over Oklahoma in the "Game of the Century" in Norman on Thanksgiving Day in 1971.
96 - Nebraska and Oklahoma have combined for 96 conference championships in their history. Oklahoma (50) and Nebraska (46) rank first and second nationally in conference championships.
6 - Nebraska running back Anthony Grant has rushed for 100 yards in each of the first three games. He is the first Husker running back to top 100 yards in his first three games at Nebraska since Bobby Reynolds in 1950.