Nelson did it early in Saturday's 35-21 win over Notre Dame when Eric Striker knocked the ball away from Tommy Rees and directly into Nelson's chest. Nelson returned the interception for a touchdown.
“It just came to me. It did,” Nelson said. “I didn't even have to use my hands. But I have been practicing on them and getting better.”
RED-ZONE OFFENSE NOT BIG CONCERN
Stoops wasn't too concerned about his team's red-zone offense after the Sooners failed to come away with a touchdown after having the ball inside the 10, including once with first and goal from the Notre Dame 2.
“A lot of people are going to have problems in the red zone with Notre Dame,” Stoops said. “A lot of people have and a lot of people will. You're not going to be perfect all the time.”
On the first drive, offensive lineman Adam Shead missed a block as Blake Bell was brought down by Stephon Tuitt for a loss of 3 to force a field-goal try.
On the second, running back Damien Williams turned the wrong way, on a second-down play from the Irish 2, resulting in a 6-yard loss for Trevor Knight.
STOOPS REACTS TO KIFFIN FIRING
Stoops said he felt for Lane Kiffin after Kiffin was fired from the USC job after five games this season.
“I always feel for any coach, being a coach, in those situations for sure,” Stoops said. “I'm also very aware administrations and universities also have to do what they feel is right for their own situations. Of course, I think (USC athletic director) Pat Haden is one of the best guys out there. I'm sure it was difficult.”
Stoops isn't surprised at coaches getting fired during the season.
“It's just the way the world is now,” Stoops said. “I don't know what to say about it. I'm not saying it's alarming. People have to do what they feel is right for their programs. It's just how it is.”
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY