NCAA Game Summary - Nebraska at Oklahoma |
(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: (2) Oklahoma 30, Nebraska 3
Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Jason White, playing his final game in Norman,
completed 29-of-35 passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns as No. 2 Oklahoma
dominated Nebraska, 30-3, in Big 12 action at Memorial Stadium.
Kejuan Jones ran for a touchdown for the Sooners (10-0, 7-0 Big 12), who
remained undefeated and came one second away from handing Nebraska its first
shutout loss in eight years.
White completed a school-record 18 straight passes at one point, as he said
farewell to Memorial Stadium.
"Jason was unbelievable once again," said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. "He
continues to amaze you in what he is able to do."
Jones rushed for 48 yards on 14 carries while Adrian Peterson carried the ball
15 times for 58 yards in the victory. Travis Wilson caught nine passes for 135
yards for Oklahoma.
"It's exciting," said Stoops about his team's clinching of the Big 12 South
title. "It was our primary goal and it is important to our players and staff.
To be in this position is pleasing.
"I feel great about the team and the way we are playing right now."
Cory Ross rushed for 130 yards on 30 carries for the Cornhuskers (5-5, 3-4),
who scored on the game's final play when David Dyches kicked a 39-yard field
Joe Dailey completed 8-of-12 passes for 73 yards and one interception in the
The Sooners marched into Nebraska territory on the game's first drive, but it
stalled at the 16 and they had to settle on a 32-yard field goal by Trey
DiCarlo with 8:16 left in the first quarter.
Oklahoma took a 9-0 lead when White connected with Willie Roberts on a 13-yard
touchdown pass with 4:05 into the second, but DiCarlo missed the extra-point
attempt to leave it a nine-point game.
The Cornhuskers' ensuing drive ended with Dailey throwing an interception to
the Sooners' Gayron Allen, who returned it 10 yards to the Nebraska 31. From
there, it took Oklahoma two plays -- a 30-yard pass from Mark Bradley to Mark
Clayton and a one-yard TD run by Jones -- to extend the lead to 16-0 with 8:03
remaining in the second quarter.
Oklahoma went into halftime with a 23-0 lead after White hooked up with
Brandon Jones on a four-yard touchdown pass just inside the final minute of
play in the second. The score capped off a nine-play, 83-yard drive.
On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Nebraska's Ross ran for
24 yards to his own 44. However, the Cornhuskers could not generate any
momentum off their biggest play of the day and could not move the ball on
their next three plays.
The Sooners then marched 79 yards in five plays and took a 30-0 lead on
White's 23-yard scoring strike to Bradley a little less than four minutes into
the third quarter.
Nebraska put together its first sustained drive of the game in the fourth
quarter, marching 74 yards in 14 plays and taking 6:17 off the game clock.
However, the Cornhuskers came out of it without any points. Ross, who carried
the ball nine times on the drive for 50 yards, left the game after being
stopped after a gain of one on 2nd-and-five from Oklahoma six-yard line.
David Horne lost a yard on third down and a pass by Dailey fell incomplete
on fourth down, giving the ball back to the Sooners.
Nebraska avoided the shutout when Dyches split the uprights from 39 yards out
as time expired. The Cornhuskers had not been shut out since a 19-0 loss at
Arizona State on September 21, 1996.
Steve Kriewald's 48-yard run helped set up Dyches' field goal.
"Despite this loss, I was really proud of our kids today," said Nebraska head
coach Bill Callahan. "They fought their butts off and I'm extremely pleased
with Cory Ross and his efforts on the field. They're examples of what we're
looking for. The way he competed on the field...we can't say enough about his
Peterson saw limited action in the first half, nursing a left shoulder he
dislocated in the Sooners' win over Texas A&M last week. The freshman entered
the game as the nation's fifth-leading rusher and had been mentioned for
Heisman Trophy consideration. Peterson had rushed for at least 100 yards in
each of Oklahoma's first nine games...White, Allen, Bradley, Clayton and
Brandon Jones were among the 23 seniors playing their final game at Memorial
Stadium...Oklahoma has won its last 23 regular-season games and 19 consecutive
home contests...The Sooners lead the all-time series with Nebraska, 41-37-3,
including a 22-16 mark in Norman.
11/14 01:39:01 ET