This article was originally published in Nov. 26, 1971, editions of The World-Herald. For more coverage of the Game of the Century, check out Omaha.com/gameofthecentury.
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NORMAN, Okla. — Jerry Tagge is a quarterback Oklahoma Coach Chuck Fairbanks won't forget very easily.
"We were trying to create some bad plays for Nebraska and Tagge did a great job of calling automatics," said the dejected Sooner coach following the 35-31 loss to No. 1 rated Nebraska Thursday.
Fairbanks was referring to Nebraska's ability to run against the Sooners in the second half.
Nebraska had only 67 yards rushing the first 30 minutes but got 230 in the second half to finish with 297.
The Sooner coach then called Nebraska "a great team and they are true champions. I am proud for Coach Bob Devaney and his team."
About Nebraska's offense, Fairbanks said:
"They are strong and they assaulted us more in the second half.
I'm not making excuses, but Raymond Hamilton (defensive left end) hurt his foot early in the game and Derland Moore (defensive right tackle) played without much practice. That hurt us."
"There were a lot of great players on that field today," Fairbanks added. "For Nebraska, Tagge, (Jeff) Kinney and (Johnny) Rodgers were great.
"They have a great offensive line that was difficult for us to handle in the second half. For us, (Jack) Mildren and (Jon) Harrison played well and so did all our backs.
Was there a turning point?
"Will, Rodgers' punt return — I didn't like that very much. And I would like to have a couple of fumbles back.
"But I think we played pretty well. Those were two good teams out there today. I am proud of Oklahoma."