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OU defense saves day
Sooners pick off three Taylor passes

By Jenni Carlson Published: December 3, 2006

/> "We had to step up all around."

The Sooners did, coming up with two fumble recoveries in addition to the three interceptions.

The first of those fumbles came on the Huskers' first play from scrimmage, a completion to Maurice Purify, who fumbled the ball as he tiptoed along the sidelines. Reggie Smith picked it up and returned it to the Nebraska 2-yard line. That set up Allen Patrick's touchdown run that gave the Sooners a quick 7-0 lead.

"We came up with some big plays, took the momentum away from them," Sooner defensive end C.J. Ah You said. "The defense did a great job. We knew it was going to be a hard-fought fight to the end."

Stoops said, "We gave up a couple big plays, but compliments to Nebraska. They're going to come up with some of those. I thought the coverage was just outstanding; they came up with interceptions." has disabled the comments for this article.