Osborne gets 250th win in big way

Jason Peter hands Tom Osborne the game ball after the Huskers gave the coach his 250th victory at Nebraska with a 69-7 trouncing of archrival Oklahoma on Nov. 1, 1997.

The Lincoln Journal Star

Nov. 1, 1997

Nebraska made short order of Oklahoma, scoring early and often to blow out the overmatched Sooners 69-7 as the Huskers worked their way toward their third national championship in four years.

But the mismatch is memorable for more than just being the most lopsided win in the teams’ 78-game series. It was Tom Osborne’s 250th win as coach of the Huskers.

Osborne, who ended his 25 years with 255 wins, reached the 250-win plateau faster than any coach in college football history at that time. Appropriately, Osborne was presented with a game ball by team captain Jason Peter after the Huskers dispatched their biggest rival.

— L. Kent Wolgamott