But Wolfe was pressed into action late in the first half, when Marcus Walker
went out with an apparent stinger.
And he responded, intercepting a Zac Taylor
pass at the Huskers 45.
• Big hit:
Strongside linebacker Demarrio Pleasant
is often replaced by an extra safety, but was on the field for perhaps the game's biggest play.
Nebraska faced fourth-and-1 from the OU 16-yard line early in the fourth quarter. Taylor faked a handoff and flipped a short pass toward tight end Hunter Teafatiller
. The pass would have gone for the first down, but Pleasant popped Teafatiller just after the ball arrived, causing an incompletion.
• Quick score:
2-yard touchdown run with 14:12 left in the first quarter marked the earliest score in the history of the Big 12 championship.
The previous record was also held by an OU player: Kejuan Jones'
42-yard run just 2:49 into the 2004 Big 12 championship gave the Sooners a quick lead over Kansas State ? the Wildcats won 35-7.
• Extra points:
OU notched its 16th 11-win season. … OU has held five of its last seven opponents to 10 points or less. … The Sooners matched a season high with three interceptions. … The attendance of 80,031 was the largest in Big 12 championship history. … The 66-yard touchdown pass from Paul Thompson
to Malcolm Kelly
was the second-longest pass in Big 12 championship history; Major Applewhite threw a 79-yard pass in Texas' loss to Colorado in the 2001 title game.
By John Helsley, George Schroeder and Berry Tramel