Stopping Sooners’ streak

Lee Zentic returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in Nebraska’s 25-21 upset of Oklahoma in 1959. The Husker victory snapped the Sooners’ 74-game conference win streak.

The Lincoln Journal Star

Oct. 31, 1959

Oklahoma became a victim of an opportunistic Nebraska team in this Halloween classic, with the Sooners seeing their historic 74-game conference unbeaten streak snapped in a game they dominated everywhere but the scoreboard.

In Lincoln, they called Nebraska’s 25-21 win the “greatest upset ever,” with Husker fans tearing down the Memorial Stadium goalposts afterward and school officials calling off school the following Monday.


“The thing about our team was we could beat anybody, and we could lose to anybody,” guard Lee Zentic told years later. Zentic, who went on to coach high school football at Lincoln East, scored NU’s second touchdown, returning teammate Jim Moore’s blocked punt 36 yards.

It was that kind of day for the Sooners, who logged more first downs (19-8), rushing yards (240-127) and passing yards (100-34) than Nebraska, which finished the season 4-6 under coach Bill Jennings.

— Jeff Korbelik