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Oklahoma's pass rush tormented Nebraska QB known as T-Magic

Seven sacks and blitzes from all angles helped Oklahoma contain Taylor Martinez
by Michael Baldwin Modified: December 5, 2010 at 7:53 am •  Published: December 5, 2010

Nebraska started quarterback Taylor Martinez.

The Sooner defense made sure the quarterback who tormented Big 12 defenses earlier in the season would never get untracked.

OU recorded a season-high seven sacks, constantly harassing one of the nation's top rushing quarterbacks.

"What was good about it we were pretty consistent getting pressure all night," said defensive line coach Jackie Shipp. "Keeping him in the pocket was big and we got sacks when we really needed them. It was big because it changes their whole game plan when you put them in second- and third-and-long."

Because of seven sacks Martinez finished with minus-32 yards rushing. His longest run was six yards.

"Ronnell (Lewis), Frank Alexander and Pryce Macon all made big-time plays," said defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright. "It wasn't just sacking him and pressuring him but keeping him in the pocket and not letting him do what he does best."

Macon, a senior, led the Sooners with three sacks, matching his entire season output entering the game. Alexander recorded two sacks, Lewis one and Tony Jefferson one.

"Some of it was blitzes," said coach Bob Stoops. "Whether it was our coverage where we made him hold the ball or guys getting to him, we got a lot of pressure. That was a big factor."

by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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