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Lincoln, Nebraska (November 21, 1987) -It was
billed as "Game of the Century Two" as number one Nebraska faced number two
Oklahoma. But the ending came out different in the sequel.
The Huskers claimed the number one spot the week before under unusual circumstances. The
Huskers were idle the week before the matchup, while the top ranked, and undefeated
Sooners turned in an unimpressive 17-13 win over Missouri. The Sooners also lost starting
quarterback Jamelle Holieway and fullback Lydell Carr to injuries. The combination lead
voters to drop the Sooners to second and hand the number one ranking to Nebraska.
Nebraska aimed to prove the pollsters right as they jumped out to a first quarter 7-0 lead
on a 25 yard run by Keith Jones. It was then time for the defenses to take over as neither
team cracked the scoreboard for th rest of the half.
The Sooners took control in the second half as they shut down Nebraska's vaunted running
game and got their own in gear. Anthony Stafford took the ball in from 11 yards out for
the Sooners first score. Patrick Collins matched it with a 65 yard touchdown run later in
the third period. A fourth quarter 27 yard Tim Lasher field goal put things out of reach
as the Sooners reclaimed the number one ranking and a trip to the Orange Bowl.
Sooner quarterback Charles Thompson rushed for 126 yards while running back Rotnie
Anderson added 119 more as the Black Shirts found themselves out-manned for the first time