The Norman Transcript


October 30, 2005

Big win in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Orange Bowl wasn’t at stake and there wasn’t a Big 12 Conference frontrunner to be seen at Memorial Stadium Saturday.

But Oklahoma and Nebraska still managed to play another classic in their storied series. The Sooners grabbed an early lead and hung on for dear life, eventually prevailing 31-24 over the Huskers.

“It’s fun to compete in environments like this and complements to (Nebraska coach Bill) Callahan, his staff and team,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “It was a really well-played game, hard-fought game and fortunately we made enough plays to win it.”

The Sooners won their third straight game to improve to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12 Conference. Adrian Peterson’s return to the lineup helped make it happen.

The sophomore had carried the ball just eight times the last three games due to a slow-to-recover high-ankle sprain, but rushed for 143 yards on 24 carries and staked OU to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter with two touchdown runs.

“It was great having him back,” Stoops said. “Everyone talks about how talented he is and to me he is just so tough … To have him out there, I think everyone feeds off him, too.”

The Sooners outrushed the Huskers 180 to 16.

But it wasn’t a one-man show.

Sooner quarterback Rhett Bomar threw for 157 yards and completed 14-of-28 attempts. None went for touchdowns, but none fell into Huskers’ hands either.

It was the type of performance OU needed in front of hostile crowd 77,438.

“It’s a tough place to play and we played well,” Bomar said. “We know about the tradition between these two and we wanted to win.”

Former Norman High quarterback Zac Taylor guided the Huskers (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) through a first-quarter storm that started with five straight possessions without a first down.

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