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Rodgers' return vs. Oklahoma still resonates 50 years later

Sep. 17, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

Fifty years later, fans of all ages still ask Johnny Rodgers about that electrifying play. They want a first-person account of the bobbing, weaving, 72-yard punt return for a touchdown that helped Rodgers and No. 1 Nebraska beat No. 2 Oklahoma 35-31 in Norman on...

Best of the best: AP ranks the top Games of the Century

Sep. 16, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

The mere idea of trying to rank the greatest “games of the century” doesn't make sense, which makes it perfect for college football. The national champion, after all, for decades was determined by educated guess, which meant there could be multiple games deemed...

'They were as good as we were': Cornhuskers-Sooners '71

Sep. 16, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

The 1971 game between No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Oklahoma lived up to the hype, with the Cornhuskers winning 35-31 in Norman, Oklahoma. The schools will celebrate the 50th anniversary of what's known as the “Game of the Century” when they meet on the same field...

AP Was There: Huskers beat Sooners in '71 'Game of Century'

Sep. 16, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

College football's storied history includes a dozen or more games considered among the best ever played. Some have been labeled “Game of the Century” — a title that is reused time and again. The clash between No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Oklahoma...

Nebraska-Oklahoma provided stage for Black stars in '70s

Sep. 15, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Half a century ago, the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry games offered a grand stage for the best Black college football players while the South dragged its feet on integration. With Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers, Rich Glover and Willie Harper and...

Thanks for the memories: This isn't your dad's Nebraska-OU

Sep. 14, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's visit to third-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday is a trip down memory lane for the over-40 set of college football fans. It's the 50th anniversary of the “Game of the Century,” the showdown between the nation's Nos. 1 and 2 teams in Norman...

That's the ticket: Move from paper to digital divides fans

Aug. 26, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — John Fey was rummaging through a box of old scrapbooks this summer when he came upon a couple lost treasures. At the bottom of the box, detached from the page they were once glued to, were ticket stubs from Nebraska's 1971 “Game of the Century”...