Switzer earns ovation from Huskers
Nebraska celebrated the Big Red Rivalry with a reception Friday night for both schools' major award winners. They were honored at halftime Saturday. Barry Switzer received a standing ovation from the Memorial Stadium crowd.
Other Sooner legends honored were Steve Owens, Greg Pruitt, Tom Brahaney, Joe Washington, Billy Sims, Jason White and, with his arm in a sling, Sam Bradford.
Nebraska legends honored were Will Shields, Dave Rimington, Johnny Rodgers, Larry Jacobson, Aaron Taylor, Tommie Frazier, Dean Steinkuhler, Trev Alberts, Eric Crouch, Zach Wiegert, Mike Rozier and former coach and current athletic NU athletic director Tom Osborne.
At the reception Friday night, comic Larry the Cable Guy, a longtime Nebraska fan, zinged every honoree with a one-liner. On Sims, whose late fumble at the Nebraska 3-yard line cost OU the 1978 Big Red game, Larry the Cable Guy said, "You should have been here two weeks ago, when we honored you with seven fumbles."
WR Caleb held out
Junior wide receiver Brandon Caleb suited up, but was held out against the Cornhuskers. Caleb, who injured his ankle last weekend against Kansas State, practiced late in the week and was hoping to play. He elevated himself to a game-time decision, but struggled to cut during pregame warm-ups. Senior Adron Tennell started in his place. When Tennell was knocked out of the game during the second quarter, Cameron Kenney entered the game.
Tulsa native shines
Nebraska's Phillip Dillard, a senior linebacker and Tulsa native, had eight tackles against the Sooners, including a 13-yard sack in the first quarter. He also returned a fourth-quarter interception nine yards.
The performance was the fourth consecutive game Dillard recorded at least five tackles.
Eldridge, English injured
Brody Eldridge and Auston English were both sidelined with injuries and did not return. Eldridge suffered a shoulder injury in the first half, and tried to return, but was forced to the bench. English suffered a left lower leg injury and did not return.
Eldridge was replaced at right guard by Brian Lepak, and later, Jarvis Jones. English was replaced by Frank Alexander.
Saturday's game featured a scoreless first quarter, and the Sooners trailed 7-3 at halftime. The Sooners haven't allowed a first-quarter point in 11 games, dating back to a win over Missouri in last season's Big 12 title game. Oklahoma opponents have only scored three first-quarter points in the last 15 games.
On offense, Oklahoma didn't score a first-half touchdown for the first time since the 2008 Fiesta Bowl when the Sooners trailed West Virginia 20-6 on a pair of Garrett Hartley field goals.
Fresh off playing his part in the New York Yankees' latest World Series title, former Nebraska pitcher Joba Chamberlain roamed the sidelines and was recognized before the game.