Published Thursday, November 22, 2012 AT 4:33 PM / Updated at 6:05 PM
Mad Chatter, The Curse of Nov. 23
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

I receive a lot of good emails each week from Mad Chatter readers. But it’s rare that one shocks me. This is from Matthew Wolff (I’ve edited it slightly):

Nebraska currently has a woeful nine-game losing streak on the date of Nov. 23.

You probably say, sure, the Huskers usually played Oklahoma or Colorado, but it’s more the way they lost those games. Take a look:

1967: Oklahoma 21, NU 14 — Nebraska out-yarded the Sooners 413-253 (Frank Patrick set the single-game passing record with 290), but Eddie Hinton’s fourth-quarter run gave OU the win. It was the final blow in a frustrating 6-4 season.

1968: Oklahoma 47, NU 0 — I think the score says it all…Devaney’s worst loss.

1972: Oklahoma 17, NU 14 — Bob Devaney’s last regular season game and last against the Sooners — the Huskers blow a 14-0 lead at home and lose in the 4th quarter.

1973: Oklahoma 27, NU 0 — Tom Osborne’s first game against the Sooners…NU didn’t take a snap in Sooner territory that day.

1974: Oklahoma 28, NU 14 — The Sooners pull away in second half to beat NU by two touchdowns at home.

1985: Oklahoma 27, NU 7 — The Huskers fall behind early on Keith Jackson’s 88-yard reverse TD run and eventually need a freak defensive touchdown by defensive tackle Chris Spachman with 26 seconds left to avoid Osborne’s first shutout since Nov. 23, 1973.

1990: Oklahoma 45, NU 10 — A game that saw Tom Osborne equal the worst loss of his coaching career, surrendering the most points any of his teams had ever given up in a game. And it came against an OU team that was on probation and finished 8-3. Remember, the Huskers were knocking on the door of No. 1 until their loss to Colorado three weeks earlier.

2001: Colorado 62, NU 36 — This game needs no further explanation for those of us who lived through the horror of it.

2007: Colorado 65, NU 51 — Bill Callahan’s squad blows an 11-point halftime lead in Boulder and ensures a second losing season in four years.  Callahan was fired the following day.

That’s nine straight losses by an average of 21.4 points!

The last time Nebraska won on November 23rd? You have to go back to 1963, when it beat OU 29-20 to clinch Devaney’s first Big Eight title. That game, of course, was played the day after Kennedy was assassinated.

Did the decision to play that game create some sort of bad karma that has yet to wear off?

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