Sooners hang on in Lincoln

See inside for link to box score. Game stats and recap coming soon. Pictured above: Adrian Peterson breaks through the Nebraska line on his way to a 36-yard touchdown in the first quarter of OU's 31-24 win Saturday in Lincoln. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)

Welcome back, Adrian.

Sophomore running back Adrian Peterson may not have been 100 percent while still nursing a high ankle sprain, but what he had Saturday was good enough to help push Oklahoma past Nebraska 31-24 Saturday in Lincoln.

Peterson showed signs of his 2005 form, rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Sooners won in Lincoln for the first time since 1987.

The Palestine, Texas native put Oklahoma on the board on their first drive of the game, breaking through the middle for a 36-yard touchdown run that gave OU an early 7-0 lead at the 12:14 mark of the first quarter.

And three drives later, Peterson capped a 12-play, 55-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run that pushed OU's lead to 14-0 with 11:24 left in the first half.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma's defense was playing as close to a perfect game as possible. The Sooner defense held the Huskers without a first down in the first quarter and only squandered a 40-yard field goal in the first half. And Chijioke Onyenegecha's 63-yard interception return for a touchdown gave OU a 21-3 lead with one minute left in the half.

However, the second half was a different story after Dusty Dvoracek's interception off a tipped pass resulted in a 50-yard Garrett Hartley field goal at the 11:24 mark of the third quarter.

From that point on, the Oklahoma defense gave up two scoring drives — one a 16-play, 80-yarder and another on a six-play, 48-yard drive to cut the lead to 24-17 with 14:53 left in the game.

Then, with their backs against the wall starting from the 15-yard line after the kick-off, OU quarterback Rhett Bomar led the Sooners on a 12-play, 85-yard drive capped by a 17-yard touchdown run by Kejuan Jones to push the lead back to 31-24 with 10:58 left.

On the drive, Bomar hit Travis Wilson for 11 yards on a key second and 12, and then found Wilson again for 21 yards on third and 10 to keep the drive alive.

But the Huskers would make one last run, using a six-play drive and scoring in just 40 seconds to cut the lead to 31-24 with 5:56 to go.

However, the Sooners went back to Peterson, who carried the ball six straight times as Oklahoma picked up two first downs and melted an extra three minutes and 19 seconds off the clock before punting to Nebraska.

Nebraska got the ball on their own 27-yard line with two minutes and 37 seconds to go, but Husker quarterback Zac Taylor was sacked twice on the drive, the last by Clint Ingram on fourth and 26 to seal the win.

In all, Oklahoma sacked Taylor nine times. The Sooner defense also held Nebraska's rushing attack to just 16 yards on 15 carries.

And offensively, Oklahoma's 31 points were the most scored by the Sooners in Lincoln since 1955.

With the win Oklahoma improve to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 play. Nebraska falls to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in conference action.

The Sooners, who now lead the all-time series against the Cornhuskers 42-37-2, will get next weekend off before hosting Texas A&M in Norman.

OU-Nebraska Complete Box Score

Scoring Summary:
First Quarter

-- 12:14 OU - Peterson, Adrian 36 yd run (Hartley, Garrett kick) 3 plays, 51 yards, TOP 0:51, OU 7 - NU 0

Second Quarter
-- 11:27 OU - Peterson, Adrian 2 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick) 12 plays, 55 yards, TOP 4:13, OU 14 - NU 0
-- 09:21 NU - Congdon, Jordan 40 yd field goal 6 plays, 30 yards, TOP 1:58, OU 14 - NU 3
-- 01:00 OU - Onyenegecha, Chijioke 63 yd interception return (Hartley, Garrett kick) OU 21 - NU 3

Third Quarter
-- 11:24 OU - Hartley, Garrett 50 yd field goal 4 plays, -4 yards, TOP 1:02, OU 24 - NU 3
-- 05:17 NU - Nunn, Terrence 3 yd pass from Taylor, Zac (Congdon, Jordan kick) 16 plays, 80 yards, TOP 6:07, OU 24 - NU 10

Fourth Quarter
-- 14:53 NU - Swift, Nate 25 yd pass from Taylor, Zac (Congdon, Jordan kick) 6 plays, 48 yards, TOP 2:40, OU 24 - NU 17
-- 10:58 OU - Jones, Kejuan 17 yd run (Hartley, Garrett kick) 12 plays, 85 yards, TOP 3:49, OU 31 - NU 17
-- 05:56 NU - Swift, Nate 18 yd pass from Ross, Cory (Congdon, Jordan kick) 4 plays, 70 yards, TOP 0:40, OU 31 - NU 24

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