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Nebraska was blown away by No. 6 Oklahoma in the first game after the dismissal of Scott Frost.

Nebraska’s first game without Scott Frost started off flawlessly. And it turned into a disaster.

The Cornhuskers gave Oklahoma 49 straight points en route to a 49-14 loss to the Sooners on Saturday in interim coach Mickey Joseph’s first game. It somehow looked worse than the 45-42 loss to Georgia Southern that led to the firing.

Nebraska stopped Oklahoma from getting a first down on their first possession of the game and quickly ran down the field to score when Casey Thompson hit Trey Palmer for a 32-yard TD. Minutes after that throw, it was easy to see how Nebraska would rebound without Frost on the sidelines.

Those minutes may have seemed like seconds. Oklahoma tied the game with Dillon Gabriel on his 61-yard TD on the next drive and didn’t look back after that. The Sooners put the game out of reach before the third quarter was half over as he led 35-7 at halftime.

Oklahoma’s Marvin Mims Jr., 17, carries a punt return against Nebraska during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Nebraska, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz)

Nebraska’s defense looked unlucky again as OU cut it through both in the air and on the ground. Offensively, his line was also underwhelming—Nebraska failed to get his game on the run, and Thompson was only third in the first half on his down, where he was sacked three times.

The Huskers officially waved the white flag after Oklahoma was up 42 points in the third quarter.

This loss leaves Nebraska 1-3, and it’s definitely demoralizing. Especially after Nebraska paid $8 million more to fire Frost on Sunday than it did after September ended, thanks to a clause in his contract. The decision to move on from the former Nebraska quarterback after just three games into the season was clearly made as a way to try to save the season at the expense of an increase in buyouts.

And it’s worth pointing out that the Huskers’ Big Ten schedule is manageable, with only one ranked opponent (Michigan State) left. A bowl game might be outrageous, but it’s still not out of the question, especially given the bleak state of the bottom of the Big Ten, but it’s probably too much to call for a winning season at this point. You have lost to all three FBS opponents you played against.

Oklahoma looks great before the huge game

Meanwhile, the Sooners got the advantage of resting key players for much of the second half before previewing the Big 12 title game against Kansas State in Week 4.

Gabriel finished the game 16/27 for 230 yards and scored 3 total touchdowns. Braden Willis also threw a TD on trick play, and running backs Eric Gray and Marcus Major each had two touchdowns.

Despite a coaching shift from Lincoln Riley to Brent Venables and Gabriel coming from UCF, the Sooners once again entered the season as Big 12 favorites. And after Saturday’s performance, it’s easy to see why he was OU’s preseason favorite, especially on defense. His Venables impact on that side of the ball is immediately apparent and could go a long way in bringing OU back to his Big 12 title in his game after a rare year in 2021.

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