LINCOLN, Neb. — In losses to Brigham Young and Miami, Oklahoma’s defense returned home wishing it made one more stop. On Saturday against Nebraska, they got that final stop — and plenty of others — and it still didn’t matter.
Despite allowing just seven first downs and 180 yards of total offense, the defense couldn’t overcome five Landry Jones interceptions and three missed field goals in a 10-3 loss, dropping the Sooners to 5-4.
"It’s frustrating,” said senior linebacker Ryan Reynolds. "But sometimes we need to come up with a play and we don’t, and sometimes they need to come up with a play and they don’t. Sometimes it doesn’t work out.”
Oklahoma’s defense hasn’t disappointed much this season. Twice, it has kept an opponent under 20 points — and lost.
It forced 11 punts against Nebraska, but never got the game-changing turnover the Huskers did in the second quarter, when they returned one of Jones’ interceptions to the 1-yard line.
"It’d be hard for our defense to play a whole lot better,” said coach Bob Stoops.
Nebraska converted just one of 14 third downs, and the defense made up for its lone hiccup — a 63-yard run by Roy Helu Jr.