LINCOLN, Neb. — Former Nebraska rival Oklahoma announced Wednesday that Sooners football coach Bob Stoops is retiring after 18 seasons.
Stoops went 6-2 against Nebraska. The two programs battled for the Big 12 title twice while the Huskers were in the conference, in 2006 and in 2010.
Nebraska and Oklahoma played some memorable games during the Stoops era. Here are a few of our favorite moments.
Black 41 Flash Reverse
One of the most iconic plays in Nebraska history came in 2001 against Stoops in his third year at Oklahoma.
Heisman candidate (and eventual winner) Eric Crouch caught a pass from Mike Stuntz against the Sooners after the freshman split end took the ball on a reverse. To this day, it is one of the most famous plays in school history. No. 3 Nebraska ended up winning that game over No. 2 Oklahoma, 20-10, and would go on to play Miami in the Rose Bowl.
2006 Big 12 championship game
A game forgotten in part because of what came after the loss, the Huskers made it to the Big 12 championship game in 2006 behind coach Bill Callahan. Awaiting Nebraska was Oklahoma, which had won seven games in a row.
The Huskers were pummeled 21-7. Oklahoma quarterback Paul Thompson threw for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly caught both scoring passes.
For the Huskers, quarterback Zac Taylor threw for 282 yards and 3 interceptions. Nebraska turned the ball over 5 times in the game in Kansas City.
Nebraska went 5-7 the following season, and Callahan was fired.
Nebraska defense smothers OU
Behind defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and cornerback Prince Amukamara, Nebraska defeated a ranked Oklahoma team, 10-3, in Memorial Stadium in 2009.
Nebraska was hardly able to move the ball on Oklahoma, gaining only 180 yards, but an Amukamara interception set up a touchdown in the second quarter, giving Nebraska enough of an edge to win. It was the last time Nebraska beat Oklahoma.
Final Big 12 Championship
In Nebraska’s final game in the Big 12, the Huskers played Oklahoma in the 2010 Big 12 championship game.
Behind Taylor Martinez, Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu Jr., Nebraska went up 10-0 early. But four Nebraska turnovers let OU back into the game.
Nebraska, down 23-20, had a chance in the final minute to win the game, but couldn’t convert fourth down.