Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione reiterated Friday that the Sooners intend to face Nebraska in the 2021 soccer season, despite reports that Nebraska is trying to pull out of the Sept. 18 game in Norman. .
Castiglione, responding to media inquiries, tweeted that the Nebraska-Oklahoma game is scheduled to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the “Game of the Century,” when the top-ranked Nebraska beat No. 2 Oklahoma 35-31 at Norman. Stadium reported Friday that Nebraska is trying to get out of the showdown and is reaching out to potential opponents to play a game at Lincoln that day. Sources told the Lincoln Journal Star that Nebraska is investigating “the feasibility of the measure.”
“We were looking forward to celebrating these two historic programs and have collaborated on various aspects of what promises to be a special weekend”, Castiglione wrote in his tweet. “We fully intend and look forward to playing the game as scheduled.”
Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos did not immediately return a text message from ESPN.
In 2012, Nebraska and Oklahoma agreed to play a home and home series in 2021 and 2022, renewing their Big Eight / Big 12 rivalry. The teams in 2016 added another home and home series for 2029 (Norman) and 2030 ( Lincoln).
Oklahoma and Nebraska last played in the 2010 Big 12 championship game. The Cornhuskers joined the Big Ten the following year.
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 45-38-3; the teams met annually from 1928 to 1997. After beating Oklahoma in 1971, Nebraska won its second consecutive national championship.