LINCOLN, Neb. — On its first three drives, Oklahoma’s offense had the ball inside Nebraska territory. But came away without a point.
For all its issues with injuries and penalties and ability, the OU offense actually moved the ball against Nebraska’s vaunted defense. But when the Sooners had the chance to come up with precious points, they couldn’t, proving to be the difference in a 10-3 loss. All told, OU ran 30 more plays than the Huskers and of 16 offensive possessions, the Sooners drove 11 into Nebraska territory. But on those possessions, three missed field goals, two failed fourth-down attempts and four Landry Jones interceptions doomed a Sooner offense that had made strides the last two weeks. "Offensively, we moved the ball quite frequently, but then didn’t produce points,” coach Bob Stoops said. "We didn’t execute well enough or they executed better than we did in the red zone. ... and we came up with nothing.” Especially crushing were OU’s final five possessions. The Sooners pushed each of their final five drives into Husker territory, including two inside the Nebraska 25, with chances to tie the game. "Several of those drives in the second half we felt very positive,” Stoops said.