Dramatic OU-Nebraska game was all we could have wanted, showed what we'll miss

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 5, 2010 at 3:49 pm •  Published: December 5, 2010

They won it the way they won some of those classic old November games.

With clutch receivers; Kenny Stills and Ryan Broyles and Cameron Kenney playing the role of Bobby Grayson and Tinker Owens and Steve Rhodes.

With fang-growing defense. Nebraska scored just three points the final 47 minutes. Travis Lewis' ball-hawking (three turnovers) and Austin Box's tackling and Jamell Fleming's coverage and a pass rush that seemed to send even the Sooner Schooner after Taylor Martinez.

With a field goal, of all things, Jimmy Stevens' 27-yarder with 8:28 left in the game, Stevens' third of the game. But the Sooners were playing short-footed in this one, because while OU virtually had to penetrate its 15-yard line to get within Stevens' range, the Huskers had no such restrictions.

Alex Henery nailed a 53-yard field goal and a 42-yarder, and the Sooners were dang lucky Husker coach Bo Pelini didn't pull the trigger on a 62-yarder late in the game, instead of punting.

Instead, OU's defense made the plays like their ancestors, and the Sooners had their seventh Big 12 title under Stoops, all won in the 2000s.

Meanwhile, off Nebraska goes to the Big Ten, titleless since the faraway ‘90s.

Are you sure you want to go, Nebraska? Any chance everyone could forgive each other and try to make this thing work? Naw, I suppose not.

But wait. The Sooners are headed to an apparently anticlimactic Fiesta Bowl against Connecticut, while the Huskers seem Insight Bowl bound in the same Phoenix desert.

Any chance of a swap? Any chance someone could send UConn to the Insight; the Huskies might not know the difference. Bus the Huskers to the Fiesta Bowl and stage yet another Oklahoma-Nebraska game.

Because we found out Saturday night, this was a rivalry worth saving.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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