Huskers will play Oklahoma in September, Moos says
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - After reports stated the Nebraska Athletic Department was looking to pull out of the Fall matchup, Athletic Director Bill Moos said the Huskers will travel to play Oklahoma in September.
According to a statement from Moos, the Huskers did explore the option of adding an eighth home game.
“The University of Nebraska is looking forward to playing Oklahoma in Norman on September 18th. Due to the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to Husker Athletics and the local community, our administration did explore the possibility of adding an eighth home game this fall. That option would have helped us mitigate cost-cutting measures and provide a much-needed boost to our local economy. Ultimately, the decision was made to move forward with our game at Oklahoma in 2021. We have the utmost respect for the University of Oklahoma, and this storied rivalry, and I know our fans have been excited about this series for a long time. Go Big Red!” the statement read.
According to a tweet from Brett McMurphy of Stadium early Friday, Nebraska was “trying to get out of” its Sept. 18 matchup against the Sooners, a long-time rival.
The game represents 50 years since the “Game of the Century” was played between the two in 1971.
It will also be 20 years since a classic game played in Lincoln, where No. 2 Nebraska defeated No. 1 Oklahoma 20-10.
The Huskers and Oklahoma have not played since Nebraska left the Big 12 in 2011.
The Oklahoma Athletic Department released a statement on the report, saying in part the program fully intends and “expect to play the game as it is scheduled.”
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