August 23, 1997 • Soldier Field • Chicago, IL • ABC • 11 a.m. CT
Oklahoma Sooners Pigskin Classic Northwestern Wildcats
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Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Sooners 0 0 0 0 0
Wildcats 0 6 0 18 24
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Scoring[edit | edit source]

1st Quarter

No Scoring

2nd Quarter

  • NW: Brian Gowins 27 yard field goal, 13:36...11/57
  • NW: Brian Gowins 22 yard field goal, :13...16/75

3rd Quarter

No Scoring

4th Quarter

  • NW: Faraji Leary 1 yard run (Adrian Autry run), 9:14...15/80
  • NW: Brian Gowins 40 yard field goal, 5:37
  • NW: Levelle Brown 16 yard run (Brian Gowins kick), 4:27...Barry Gardner recovered fumble on ensuing kickoff for NW

Summary[edit | edit source]

OU was inside NW 30 four times but ended on two picks and two missed FGs

Hughes started at QB for NW and led first two scoring drives, rotated with Hamdorf

OU's best chance came in 3rd following 44-yard pass from Fuente to Parker...on first-and-goal Fuente's pass was deflected and intercepted by Keith Lozowski

Jeremy Alexander missed a 43-yard FG on opening drive and a 36-yarder in the second quarter

Another scoring chance in second was ended on a Jason Buck interception

Stats[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • 1997 college football season opener (Pigskin Classic)
  • First meeting between schools since 1960
  • Northwestern won season opener for second time since 1976
  • Northwestern's first shutout since Wisconsin, 1995
  • NW's D'Wayne Bates left midway through second with sprained ankle

References[edit | edit source]

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