HIGHLIGHTS: Oklahoma pounds Nebraska 49-14
LINCOLN - A day that started with widespread optimism, did not end the way the Huskers had hoped as Oklahoma dominates Nebraska 49-14.
Oklahoma would punt on their opening drive and on the first series for the Huskers, Casey Thompson found Trey Palmer to get Memorial Stadium jumping, it was a 32 yard strike to get the Huskers up 7-0.
Nebraska, with the lead, had an opportunity to get the Sooners off the field, but quarterback Dillon Gabriel makes it happen with his legs, evading a number of tackles and taking it 61 yards to the house to tie the game and start the onslaught for Oklahoma.
Nebraska was held scoreless for the remainder of the half as Nebraska's O-Line struggled mightily with the Sooners' pass rush. Quarterback Casey Thompson was sacked four times in the first half.
After leading 35-7 at half, Oklahoma would score twice quickly to start the third quarter. Nebraska’s second touchdown of the game came late in the fourth quarter, when freshman quarterback Chubba Purdy would run for a touchdown to make in 49-14.
It wasn’t the way Mickey Joseph had hoped his first game as interim head coach would go, but Joseph took full responsibility in his pst game press conference.
“We didn’t do enough. They beat us in all three phases of the game,” Joseph said. “This comes back to me, it’s not my kids fault, not my assistant coaches fault, this is on me.”
The Huskers have a bye week coming up and Joseph says it’ll be an opportunity for him to work more drills and help players individually. Nebraska falls to 1-3 with the loss, they take on Indiana at home on October 1st.