Oklahoma 31
Nebraska 24

January 1, 1979 – Orange Bowl Stadium
OU Stings Nebraska in Big Eight Clash
Oklahoma, with the help of a 17-point third quarter, avenged a regular-season loss to Nebraska with a 31-24 win, thanks to two touchdowns each by Billy Sims and Thomas Lott.
Nebraska got off to a 7-0 start but the Sooners came back with 24 unanswered points and held a 31-10 lead after three quarters. Nebraska rallied with 9:12 left in the game, closing it to 31-17 on a Rick Berns 1- yard run. Then, Oklahoma’s Lott fumbled at his own 42, but the Huskers couldn't punch it in.
The Sooners, ranked No. 1 with one loss, had lost a heartbreaker to the Cornhuskers, 17-14, on a late fumble at the Nebraska three-yard line. When the Huskers were upset the following week by Missouri, producing a Big Eight Championship tie, the Orange Bowl officials came up with the idea of a rematch. It was the first-ever match-up of two Big Eight teams in a bowl game.

First Downs 17 27
Rushing Attempts 53 54
Rushing Yards 292 217
Passes Attempted 3 31
Passes Completed 2 18
Had Intercepted 2 0
Passing Yards 47 220
Total Offense 339 437
Punts/Avg. 3/39.3 2/37.5
Fumbles/Lost  1/1 0/0
Penalties/Yards 6/50 8/96


Oklahoma 7 7 17 0 - 31
Nebraska 7 0 3 14 - 24

NEB: Smith 21-yard pass from Sorley (Todd kick); OKLA: Sims 3-yard run (von Schamann kick); OKLA: Lott 3-yard run (von Schamann kick); OKLA: Sims 11-yard run (von Schamann kick); OKLA: von Schamann 26-yard FG; NEB: Todd 31-yard FG; OU: Lott 2-yard run (von Schamann kick); NEB: Berns 1-yard run (Todd kick); NEB: Miller 2-yard pass from Sorley (Todd kick) MOP: Billy Sims(Oklahoma), Reggie Kinlaw (Oklahoma)
Oklahoma Head Coach: Barry Switzer
Nebraska Head Coach: Tom Osborne



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