Kelly's big night keys OU offense
Star of the game
Receiver breaks championship game record with 142 yards, scores pair of touchdowns

By Jenni Carlson Published: December 3, 2006
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Big 12 gives no MVP award for its championship game.

No matter Saturday night.

Everyone knew it was Malcolm Kelly anyway.


The Oklahoma receiver caught 10 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns in the Sooners' 21-7 victory against Nebraska. He broke the championship game record for receiving yards and became the first OU player to ever have more than 10 catches twice in a season.

"We thought coverage-wise he would get some opportunities," OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. "We weren't necessarily going to him."

It only looked that way.

Kelly made all the tough catches. All the timely ones, too.

With the Sooners already leading 7-0, Kelly broke free of the Huskers' coverage and snagged a deep pass for a 66-yard touchdown. It gave the Sooners momentum that they rode the rest of the first half.

Then with the Huskers' defense threatening to make a game of it in the second half, Kelly had a 99-yard-drive-capping touchdown that should make all the highlight films. He leapt in the far corner of the end zone and managed to not only snare Paul Thompson's pass but also drag his left toe in bounds.

"I really didn't know if I had stayed in," Kelly said. "Just so happened I got one foot down."

OU coach Bob Stoops said, "Malcolm's a big target. He can go up and get the ball, and Paul knows that."

Kelly's big day highlighted a 265-yard passing performance by the Sooner offense.

"We went in ready to throw the ball a good amount," Stoops said. "We felt the way they would try to defend us it would be there."

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Oklahoma receiver Malcolm Kelly catches a touchdown pass againt Nebraska’s Cortney Grixby in the third quarter of the Big 12 championship game Saturday. Kelly broke the championship game record for receiving yards with 142. By CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

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