#9 Oklahoma 41
Nebraska 14

Nov. 13, 1948 • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma

Fiery Sooner Line Wilts Scarlet, 41-14

Bob Costello and Bill Mueller evidently aren't fooling with George Thomas of Oklahoma on this play. They lower their heads — and hold Thomas to a first down on the Sooner 31-yard line in the first quarter. JOHN SAVAGE/THE WORLD-HERALD

Huskers’ 7-0 Lead Kindles Oklahomans

Fletcher, Damkroger Net U.N. Counters; Novak’s Play Shines

NORMAN, Okla. — For a few brief moments, Nebraska’s football players had the unexpected pleasure of leading Oklahoma’s bowl-bound Sooners here Saturday.

But it was a short honeymoon. The 7-0 Husker lead was turned into a 21-7 Oklahoma advantage at the half.

And when it was all over, Coach Bud Wilkinson’s powerful club pocketed a 41-14 victory.

Oklahoma showed 28 thousand fans one of the finest Big Seven teams in years.

The hard-charging line simply was too much for the Huskers. The line led the way by opening wide holes for some fancy-running backs.

Guard Paul Burris, Tackle Homer Paine, End Jim Owens and Center Pete Tillman were brilliant workmen for the Sooners.

Collopy Throws

The veteran backs, Jack Mitchell and George Thomas, had splendid help from two fine sophomores, Lindell Pearson and Leon Heath.

The one bright spot for Nebraska was the line-backing of Tom Novak, who had his best day of the season.

He made tackle after tackle, and little of the yardage was made over him.

The Huskers held their mighty foes scoreless in the first quarter, and then got themselves a touchdown early in the second.

Frank Collopy faded back from the Nebraska 49-yard line and let loose with a long forward pass.

The ball hit the fingers of George Thomas, Sooner halfback, but bounced high in the air.

Fletcher Catches

When it came down it was right in the hands of End Howard Fletcher. He made the catch on the 20 and ran unmolested to a touchdown.

But that scoring gesture only inspired the Sooners to go to work.

Within three minutes they had the score tied-and they kept right on making points.

Pearson carried the ball to the six-yard line on a series of thrusts, and Thomas went over.

Les Mings’s place-kick tied it at 7-7.

Darrell Royal made a neat pass play a bit later to put his club front.

From the Husker 35, he fed the ball to Mitchell near the 15, Jack ran for a touchdown.

In the final few seconds of the first half, Oklahoma scored again on a pass.

Sooners Pile Up Score

Soph Anderson got loose in the end zone, and fielded a 37-yard throw from Royal for a 21-7 lead.

Three more touchdowns were added by the winners in the third period.

All were on short plunges, after steady marches. Pearson, Royal and Brewer made the touchdowns.

That sent the game into the last quarter with a 41-7 score-exactly the margin by which Oklahoma beat Missouri a week ago.

The Huskers got themselves another score early in the last period. It was on a freak play.

Claude Arnold, Mitchell’s understudy, fumbled the ball into the air, and it plopped into the hands of End Ralph Damkroger.

Damkroger Scores

That happened on the Oklahoma 42-yard line. Although, he can’t run very fast, the 229-pound Damkroger lumbered the 42 yards for a touchdown with no Sooner getting close to him.

And that was the only scoring in the last period, as the Huskers held their own with the Sooner third-stringers.

The officials slowed the game considerably by constant whistle-blowing.

Oklahoma was penalized 17 times for a total of 153 yards, while Nebraska was moved back 75 yards on 12 penalties.


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1948 season (2-8)

Iowa State Sept. 25
Minnesota Oct. 2
Colorado Oct. 9
Notre Dame Oct. 16
Kansas Oct. 23
UCLA Oct. 30
Kansas State Nov. 6
Oklahoma Nov. 13
Missouri Nov. 20
Oregon State Nov. 27

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