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2010 Dec 01

All-Time NU-OU Team

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We decided to be totally, utterly crazy – and try to pick all-time Nebraska-Oklahoma team. That's right – the guys who defined this series with their great play in one of college football's finest rivalry.

Here's our picks. Feel free to bray out loud and put your own thoughts in the comments section!

QUARTERBACK: Steve Davis, Oklahoma Surprised? You shouldn't be. Davis went 3-0 vs. Nebraska in 1973, 1974 and 1975, rushing for more than 100 yards in each game as OU outscored the Huskers 90-24 in those three games. OU won national titles in 1974 and 1975, and while Davis isn't necessarily the most celebrated Sooner QB in history – in part because Oklahoma was on probation and never played on TV – he was nails against the Huskers.

RUNNING BACK: Mike Rozier, Nebraska Never lost to the Sooners, rushing for 105 in 1981, 96 in 1982 and 205 – his masterpiece game – in the 1983 barn-burner. No NU running back ever had Rozier's balance or playmaking ability.

RUNNING BACK: Billy Sims, Oklahoma Yes, his fumbles cost OU the 1978 game vs. the Huskers, but he more than made up for it with 134 yards and two touchdowns in the 1979 Orange Bowl and 247 yards in the 1979 game.

TIGHT END: Keith Jackson, Oklahoma Practically beat Nebraska by himself in 1985 and 1986. In 85, Jackson rushed for 136 yards – including a 88-yard reverse for a touchdown, while in 1986 he made three catches for 87 yards – including a touchdown and a key third-down grab (after committing pass interference, of course) to set up OU's game-winning field goal.

WIDE RECEIVER: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska His punt return in The Game of the Century is the defining image of the NU-OU series. He also made a clutch third-down grab in that game to keep the Huskers' game-winning drive alive.

WIDE RECEIVER, Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma: Arguably the best player in both the 2005 game and the 2006 Big 12 Championship, catching 18 passes for 228 yards in the two games, including a 66-yard touchdown in the Big 12 title game.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE: Jim Weatherall, Oklahoma The first of the great Sooner offensive linemen, he was an All-American in 1950 and 1951, and he won the Outland Trophy. OU won in 1950 and 1951 by scores of 49-35 and 27-0.

OFFENSIVE GUARD: Duke Robinson, Oklahoma Only played Nebraska once, in 2008, but he was part of the most dominant offense in Sooner history. Two-time All-American who could maul with the best of the linemen.

CENTER: Dave Rimington, Nebraska Aggressive, fast off the ball, fierce-looking and one of the defining players of the NU-OU series.

OFFENSIVE GUARD: Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska Rimington's linemate doesn't get quite as much publicity over the years, but he was as athletic and powerful as any Husker lineman in recent history.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE: Zach Wiegert, Nebraska Three-year starter from 1992-1994 who was as intimidating on the corner pulling a counter trey.

DEFENSIVE END: Broderick Thomas, Nebraska It wouldn't be a NU-OU list without the Sandman. A goat of sorts in the 1986 game – Keith Jackson pushed off of him on that crucial catch – he was a hero in helping shut down OU's explosive wishbone offense in a 7-3 win 1988.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE: Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma Barry Switzer called him the best player he ever coached, and Selmon never lost to the Huskers, finishing 4-0. He won the Outland and Lombardi Award in 1975 after finishing with 142 tackles and 10 sacks in one year.

MIDDLE GUARD: Rich Glover, Nebraska His unforgettable performance in The Game of the Century – 22 total tackles – is reason alone for his inclusion on this list.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE: Tony Casillas, Oklahoma He anchored two of Oklahoma's best defenses in 1984 and 1985 as the Sooners only gave up seven offensive points in two games.

DEFENSIVE END: Grant Wistrom, Nebraska 4-0 vs. some average-to-awful Sooner teams, culminating in perhaps his finest game, a 10-tackle, 2-sack performance in a 69-7 win in 1997.

LINEBACKER: Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma The Boz raised the ire of Husker fans like few other Sooner players in 1985 and 1986. But he earned their respect with his play on the field. And that hair.

LINEBACKER: Marc Munford, Nebraska Never beat Oklahoma in his seasons with the NU varsity (1985, 85, 86), but it didn't take away from his strong play, including 16 tackles in the 1984 game. He had an interception in the 1986 game.

DEFENSIVE BACK: Jim Pillen, Nebraska A two-time All-Big Eight performer, Pillen recovered two of Billy Sims' fumbles in the famous 1978 game, and finished that day with eight tackles.

DEFENSIVE BACK: Rickey Dixon, Oklahoma Swagger. The Thorpe winner in 1987 picked off two passes in The Game of the Century II.

DEFENSIVE BACK: Mike Minter, Nebraska A Lawton, Oklahoma native who never lost to the Sooner in his three games in 1993, 1995 and 1996. He forced a key fumble in the 1993 game and picked off a pass in the 1996 contest. One of the smartest and most versatile Blackshirts ever.

UTILITY: Tommy McDonald, HB/DB, Oklahoma He did a little of everything – run, pass, defend – on two of OU's finest teams in 1955 and 1956. The Sooners won those games 41-0 and 54-6.

KICKER: Tim Lashar, Oklahoma Kris Brown and Alex Henery were certainly better kickers, but Lashar nailed the game-winner in the 1986 game and his name resonates in minds of Husker fans as the guy who never graduated.

Tags: nebraska oklahoma, big 12 championship, mike rozier, grant wistrom, rich glover

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bigred1

NOBODY runs like ROZIER!!!

GO BIG RED!!! FUTURE 2010 BIG XII CHAMPS!!!

– Dec 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

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