The OU quarterback seemed shaky early; in the first 16 1/2 minutes, he was 5-of-10 for 51 yards with an interception. But Jones, despite a ferocious Nebraska pass rush, went 18 of 31 the rest of the way, for 291 yards and a touchdown.
SHORT-YARDAGE OFFENSE: B
Even aside from the red zone, OU struggled to make first downs in short yardage. Nebraska turned back Roy Finch on 4th-and-1 from the Husker 25-yard line on the final play of the first quarter, and OU's four fourth quarter drives ended on plays of 3rd-and-3, 3rd-and-4, 3rd-and-3 and 3rd-and-4. But OU also converted two 4th-and-1 plays on scoring drives; Jones' naked bootleg for 15 yards that set up a field goal and Jones' 11-yard completion to Cameron Kenney that set up the game-winning field goal.
COACHING ALERTNESS: A
Bob Stoops' timeout late in the game, just before Nebraska faked a punt, might have saved the game. Stoops saw the Huskers send a man in motion and immediately called timeout. Nebraska then indeed punted.
PUNT RETURNS: D
Always-dependable Ryan Broyles was shaky, fumbling his first two punt returns, and he caught a punt at the OU 8-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, when he might should have let the ball fall and probably roll into the end zone. Broyles did have a 17-yard return that helped OU regain field position in the third quarter.