LINCOLN, Neb. — Four days after John Kennedy upset Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election, the Oklahoma State University football team beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 7-6.
And the Cowboys hadn't won in Nebraska since. That finally changed Saturday, after 47 years and a 20-game losing streak. The Cowboys routed Nebraska 45-14 after jumping to a 38-0 halftime lead. "Great win for Oklahoma State,” Cowboy coach Mike Gundy said. No kidding. Not only did OSU tie for the lead in the Big 12 South Division, but the Cowboys exorcised demons of almost half a century in the making. "It's absolutely a historic day in our history,” said Larry Reece, an OSU athletics fundraiser and the public-address announcer for Cowboy home games. Reece's statement might have been redundant, but history like this deserves repeating. The Cowboys hadn't so much as finished within single digits of the 'Huskers at Memorial Stadium since 1978. But they dominated from the start Saturday.
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