Big 12: Buster Rhymes
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It's already been well chronicled how rare it is for an opponent ranked higher than Oklahoma to play at Owen Field. Saturday's game against No. 2 Texas Tech will be only the third time in Bob Stoops' coaching career that a higher-ranked opponent arrives to battle the Sooners.
But Oklahoma's previous history has been dotted with other big victories on Nov. 22. Twice in the last 33 years, the Sooners have stunned a higher-ranked opponent. Here's a look at a little bit of the background from the Barry Switzer era.
Nov. 22, 1975: No. 7 Oklahoma 35, No. 2 Nebraska 10 (Norman, Okla.) -- The Sooners turned five Nebraska turnovers into touchdowns, erupting for 28 second-half points to capture a share of the Big Eight title with the triumph. A fiery Oklahoma defense keyed by middle guard Dewey Selmon limited the Cornhuskers to 70 yards rushing. His brother Lee Roy's Selmon's fumble-producing hit on Nebraska quarterback Vince Ferragamo set up Horace Ivory's 5-yard touchdown run that put the Sooners ahead for good. Oklahoma quarterback Steve Davis rushed for a game-high 130 yards to key the Sooners' wishbone attack.
Nov. 22, 1980: No. 9 Oklahoma 21, No. 4 Nebraska 17 (Lincoln, Neb.) -- Quarterback J.C. Watts directed a gritty 80-yard drive in the final three minutes capped by Buster Rhymes' game-winning 1-yard touchdown run. Rhymes set up the score by streaking for a key 43-yard run earlier in the drive. Nebraska squandered an early 10-0 lead and had gone ahead earlier in the fourth quarter on Jeff Quinn's 1-yard touchdown run. It was Oklahoma's ninth win during a 10-year period in the series.