Scores

Final

Nebraska 28

(5-4, 2-3 Big Ten)

(4) Oklahoma 62

(8-1, 4-1 Big 12)

Coverage: ESPN

8:00 PM ET, November 1, 2008

Memorial Stadium (Norman, OK), Norman, OK

1 2 3 4 T
NEB 0 14 7 728
#4OKLA 35 14 13 062

Top Performers

Passing: S. Bradford (OKLA) - 311 YDS, 5 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Helu (NEB) - 16 CAR, 157 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: Q. Chaney (OKLA) - 5 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Cornhuskers turn ball over on first three passes, and No. 4 Sooners roll

Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- From the moment Nebraska lined up, Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks knew exactly what was coming.

By the time he and his Sooners teammates were done with their dominating start, the Cornhuskers didn't know what hit them.

Home Sweet Home

Oklahoma owns the nation's longest active home winning streak, winning 23 straight and 43 of its last 44. The Sooners are 59-2 at home under Bob Stoops and haven't lost a conference home game since Nov. 24, 2001 vs. Oklahoma State.

Longest Home Win
Streaks in FBS
Team Streak
Oklahoma 23
Boise State 17
BYU 17
UConn 11*
* -- Ended Saturday

Sam Bradford threw for 311 yards and five touchdowns and No. 4 Oklahoma capitalized on three disastrous Nebraska pass plays in the opening minutes Saturday night to the beat the Huskers 62-28.

The Sooners' scoring outburst was their biggest in the history of the storied rivalry.

"We just really came out firing, really with everybody," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "I thought our guys really were focused in and came out and couldn't have executed much better in all parts of the game. ... It's a good way to start a big game."

Fast Facts

• Sam Bradford threw five touchdown passes for the fourth time this season, and Oklahoma scored more points than it ever has against Nebraska.

• After losing seven straight, the Sooners have now won five of their last six against the Cornhuskers.

• Nebraska lost its 12th straight game to a top-10 opponent and turned the ball over three times in its first five possessions.

• Oklahoma has scored at least 35 points in every game this season.

-- ESPN research

It was the kind of start that would make Nebraska fans long for the power-running days of the past, and the stars of the Cornhuskers' "Game of the Century" win in 1971 just happened to be on hand for a reunion.

This game was hardly another classic in a rivalry full of them.

Franks intercepted Joe Ganz's first pass attempt and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown, and the Huskers (5-4, 2-3 Big 12) also had turnovers on each of their next two passes as the Sooners (8-1, 4-1) raced to a 28-0 lead in the first 5½ minutes.

"I've been in a lot of games. I've seen it happen," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. "The snowball started rolling on us, and we didn't do anything to get it stopped."

Oklahoma had never scored more than 55 points in 83 previous meetings with Nebraska dating back to 1912, but got more than halfway to that total in less than half a quarter.

Chris Brown got it started by capping a seven-play, 53-yard opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and only 4 seconds ticked off the clock before Franks, a cornerback, stepped in front of Ganz's screen pass behind the line of scrimmage and took it in for another score.

Franks said the Huskers had a "real big tendency" to run the screen play out of that single-back, two wide receiver formation and he'd imagined making that kind of interception in days leading up to the game.

"I just jumped it," Franks said. "I got a chance and I just made a play."

Dreu Young then fumbled after catching Ganz's second pass, and Oklahoma cashed in three plays later with a 48-yard TD from Bradford to Quentin Chaney.

Then coincidence turned into absurdity. I-back Marlon Lucky reached up to deflect Ganz's next pass high into the air, and Lendy Holmes picked it off and returned it 26 yards. Bradford made it 28-0 on the next play by zipping a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Gresham, and there was still 9:27 left to play in the first quarter.

By that point, Nebraska had run five offensive plays and committed three turnovers.

"You can get all over somebody pretty quick and jump on them. It's big obviously," defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "It gets them on their heels. It creates momentum, it creates points. It gets things a lot more comfortable out of the gate."

Pelini, a former defensive coordinator under Stoops and at Nebraska and LSU, took the blame for a "lousy" defensive performance and didn't allow his players to speak to reporters after the game.

"I'm responsible for what happened out there," Pelini said. "I'm the voice of this team. I told our guys, `Oklahoma's over. We're moving on.'"

Brown tacked on a 1-yard TD catch on the final offensive play of the first quarter, giving Oklahoma a 35-0 lead. It was the first time Nebraska had ever given up more than 28 points in any quarter.

"We didn't expect it, but at the same time we were just ready to play," Holmes said. "We knew this was a rival game. You can't be relaxing out there and just playing. You've got to play hard because you know they're going to come out here and play hard."

Bradford went 19-for-27 and cleared 300 yards passing for the seventh time this season. It was the sixth time he tied the school record with five touchdown passes in a game.

DeMarco Murray had two short touchdown runs and caught a 25-yard TD pass to tie Adrian Peterson's record for the most scores by a Sooners player in his first two seasons with 29.

After letting Kansas State come back from a 28-7 lead to tie the game in the first half last week, the Sooners led by at least 28 for the final 50 minutes of the game.

"We saw last week how scores can change," Murray said. "We've just got to keep putting the pedal down and keep trying to stay focused."

Backup I-back Roy Helu ran 16 times for 157 yards and a touchdown for Nebraska, but all after the Huskers fell behind 35-0. Ganz finished 14-for-26 for 206 yards with one touchdown pass and the two early picks.

"Obviously, that wasn't what we wanted and it hurts," Pelini said. "The reality of it is if you coach in this game long enough, you play in this game long enough, you're going to face situations like this. Nobody likes it, but you have to move on."

Oklahoma defensive end Auston English, the Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year, was helped off the field in the third quarter and did not return after trainers taped up his leg. Sooners receiver Manuel Johnson, who'd missed last week's game at Kansas State after dislocating his left elbow, played only the opening series.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NEB
OKLA
1st Downs1521
Total Yards418508
Passing214315
Rushing204193
Penalties8-747-69
3rd Down Conversions5-127-13
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers41
Possession30:4229:18

Passing Leaders

NebraskaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ganz14/262067.912
OklahomaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bradford19/2731111.551

Rushing Leaders

NebraskaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Helu Jr.161579.8157
Witt11616.0116
OklahomaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown9899.9139
Murray14574.1210

Receiving Leaders

NebraskaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Swift38327.7167
Peterson57314.6036
OklahomaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Chaney512825.6148
Gresham55210.4220

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEBOKLA
TD12:17Chris Brown 2 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 07
TD12:13Dominique Franks 18 Yd Interception Return (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 014
TD10:31Quentin Chaney 48 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 021
TD09:27Jermaine Gresham 9 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 028
TD00:04Chris Brown 1 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 035
SECOND QUARTERNEBOKLA
TD11:20Quentin Castille 2 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 735
TD08:06Demarco Murray 3 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 742
TD04:24Roy Helu Jr. 14 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 1442
TD02:56Demarco Murray 8 Yd Run (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 1449
THIRD QUARTERNEBOKLA
TD11:34Nate Swift 8 Yd Pass From Joe Ganz (Alex Henery Kick) 2149
TD09:30Jermaine Gresham 11 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Jimmy Stevens Kick) 2156
TD00:44Demarco Murray 25 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Pat Blocked) 2162
FOURTH QUARTERNEBOKLA
TD00:21Patrick Witt 16 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 2862