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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Nebraska receivers coach Ted Gilmore fanned excitement earlier today when he told Cornhusker fans his team wouldn't be intimidated at No. 4 Oklahoma.
"Without giving away the game plan, we're going to go at them," Gilmore said, drawing a strong burst of applause according to the Omaha World-Herald's account of the weekly Big Red Breakfast in Omaha. "We're not going to sit back. We're going to compete. We're going there to win."
That attitude is a marked contrast from how the Cornhuskers approached their last two road games at ranked opponents. In a 2006 game at Southern California, Nebraska threw only 17 passes in a 28-10 loss. And in a 2004 loss with Callahan at Oklahoma, the Cornhuskers attempted only 13 passes and scored late to avert a shutout in a humiliating 30-3 loss to their old rivals.
Nebraska hasn't won in the stadium of a football team ranked as high as the Sooners in more than a decade. The last time the Cornhuskers beat a ranked opponent in a true road game came on Sept. 20, 1997, when the No. 7 Cornhuskers beat No. 2 Washington in Seattle, 27-14. That game was so long ago that Tom Osborne was still coaching.
The Cornhuskers have dropped 11 straight games to Top 10 foes and hasn't beaten a Top 10 team away from home since beating Tennessee, 31-21, in the 2000 Fiesta Bowl.
Gilmore also confirmed that junior wide receiver Menelik Holt will not play against Oklahoma because of an injury, meaning that Niles Paul could move into Nebraska's rotation as the No. 3 receiver, the World-Herald reported.