OU/NU: Quarter-by-Quarter

A quarter-by-quarter breakdown of the Sooners match-up with the Nebraska Cornhuskers…

First Quarter (OU 35, NU 0)

Nebraska won the toss and elected to defer to the second half and it may have been a bad decision to put the ball in OU's hand to start the game. DeMarco Murray would take the opening kick-off in to Nebraska territory, a penalty would set it back to the 47-yard line, but the Sooners would once again take their opening drive right down the field and scored a quick seven points. A 41 yard play action pass to Ryan Broyles set up a two-yard Chris Brown TD run to put OU in front 7-0.

It would not take long for the Sooners to get their second and third scores of the game to take an early 21-0 lead. On Nebraska's first play from scrimmage Dominique Franks would step in to Joe Ganz throwing lane for an interception that he would take 18 yards to pay dirt. Two Nebraska offensive plays later Dreu Young would fumble the ball away when he was smacked by Keenan Clayton and OU would get their offense back on the field yet again. Two plays later Sam Bradford would go over the top to Quentin Chaney for a 48-yard touchdown.

On Nebraska's third pass of the game they would throw their second interception and this time it would be Lendy Holmes' turn. Holmes would return the ball to NU nine-yard line and on the next play Bradford would hit Jermaine Gresham in the end zone to open up the OU lead to 28-0.

The Sooners would score their fifth touchdown of the opening quarter when they would march the ball 97 yards down the field with a myriad of plays. The drive would culminate with a three-yard touchdown pass to Chris Brown.

Second Quarter (OU 49, NU 14)

Nebraska would get on the board in the second quarter with a touchdown when Quentin Castille would punch the ball in from one yard out. The touchdown would be set up with a 67-yard pass from Ganz to Nate Swift, who was able to work his way open on Brian Jackson. The score would make it 35-7 in favor of the Sooners.

On the next possession Oklahoma would pull out to a 42-7 lead and score their sixth touchdown of the half when DeMarco Murray would cash it in from three yards out on a 4th and one play. The crowd would go nuts when the offense would stay on the field and Murray would not disappoint them.

Nebraska would answer right back on their next possession by inserting exciting sophomore Roy Helu. Helu would rack up 56 yards on the drive, including a 14-yard touchdown scamper that would put NU in to double digits at 42-14.

If you are not a fan of scoring then this is not the game for you as the Sooners would come right back and put points on the board. Juaquin Iglesias would have a terrific return and combined with a 28 yard Chris Brown scamper the Sooners would once again be knocking on the door. DeMarco Murray would not disappoint as he would punch it yet again to extend the OU lead to 49-14.

Third Quarter (OU 62, NU 21):

Nebraska looks like a different team with running back Roy Helu in the game. He provides a spark that they did not seem to have before and he helped them take their opening drive right down the field on OU's defense. Nate Swift would score the touchdown to make it 49-21 in favor of OU, but Helu's 41 yard run was the biggest play of the drive.

OU would come right back and score on six plays to pull out to a 56-21 lead. The scoring play would come on a Bradford to Gresham 11-yard strike.

The Sooners would tack on another score late in the third quarter to make it 62-21. The drive would only go three plays for 18 yards, but after a holding penalty Murray would cash it in from 25 yards out when he popped wide open coming across the middle of the field on third and long.


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