Nebraska had declined a similar invitation if it lost, only to change its mind after the game. But at this point the Cornhuskers gave the Sooners the lift they needed. Ferragamo was rolling out when Leroy Selmon crashed into him, the quarterback going one way, the ball another. Oklahoma recovered. In an eight-play sequence that started near midfield, Davis carried five times around right end, finally sending Fullback Horace Ivory off right tackle for the touchdown.
"The key to the game," Switzer would say later, "was our ability to move the ball after the defense got us good field position." Five minutes into the fourth quarter a fumbled punt recovered by Lee Hover gave Oklahoma possession at the Cornhusker 13. Two more plays to the right behind the blocks of Tackle Mike Vaughan and Guard Terry Webb set up Elvis Peacock's short scoring jaunt to the left. That made-it 21-10 Oklahoma, and the two touchdowns that followed were merely adornments. The Sooners were on their way to the Orange Bowl and, should Ohio State slip, back in contention for the national championship.