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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Huskers won 35-31 thriller over the Sooners

ESPN Classic will present "Battle Lines," a series of one-hour journeys, hosted by Rich Eisen, that chronicle the greatest sports events in history. Each episode will focus on the plays, the personalities and the perspectives that have made these events so momentous. The lineup will feature original "Battle Lines" documentaries for 2002, including the 1986 AFC title game and Buster Douglas' stunning knockout of Mike Tyson.

1971 Game of the Century
Nebraska @ Oklahoma
Sunday on ESPN Classic

Sunday's schedule
All times Eastern

  • 9 p.m. - Battle Lines: '71 Nebraska @ OU
    Hosted by Rich Eisen, the documentary will tell the story of No. 1 Nebraska's 35-31 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in Norman.
  • 10 p.m. - Nebraska @ Oklahoma (1971)
    Jerry Tagge and Johnny Rogers lead the No. 1 Huskers to a 35-31 win over the No. 2 Sooners in college football's Game of the Century

    Classic moment

    November 25, 1971: The Thanksgiving Day showdown between unbeaten, top-ranked Nebraska and unbeaten, second-ranked Oklahoma is no turkey. This is one "Game of the Century" that lives up to the hype.

    Johnny Rodgers starts the fireworks with a scintillating 72-yard punt return to give Nebraska an early 7-0 lead. Twice, the Cornhuskers lead by 11 points, 14-3 in the second quarter and 28-17 in the third.

    But each time, the Sooners come back against the nation's No. 1 defense. A 16-yard touchdown pass from Jack Mildren to Jon Harrison midway in the fourth quarter gives them a 31-28 lead. The Cornhuskers, though, are confident they can score again. "We wanted to use up as much of the clock as possible," quarterback Jerry Tagge says. "We didn't want them to have time to score again."

    They use 5 minutes to go 74 yards and the fourth short touchdown run of the game by Jeff Kinney (174 yards on 30 carries) -- this one from two yards -- enables Nebraska to regain the lead with 98 seconds left. When the defense, led by middle guard Rich Glover (22 tackles), stops Oklahoma's final possession, the Cornhuskers are Big Eight champions with their 35-31 victory. It is the 21st consecutive win and 30th game without a loss for coach Bob Devaney's juggernaut.

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