NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -From the moment Nebraska lined up, Oklahoma cornerback
knew exactly what was coming.
By the time he and his Sooners teammates were done with their dominating start, the Cornhuskers didn't know what hit them.
threw for 311 yards and five touchdowns and No. 4 Oklahoma capitalized on three disastrous Nebraska pass plays in the opening
minutes Saturday night to the beat the Huskers 62-28.
The Sooners scoring outburst was their biggest in the history of the storied rivalry.
''We just really came out firing, really with everybody,'' Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. ''I thought our guys really were
focused in and came out and couldn't have executed much better in all parts of the game. ... It's a good way to start a big
It was the kind of start that would make Nebraska fans long for the power-running days of the past, and the stars of the Cornhuskers'
''Game of the Century'' win in 1971 just happened to be on hand for a reunion.
This game was hardly another classic in a rivalry full of them.
's first pass attempt and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown, and the Huskers (5-4, 2-3 Big 12) also had turnovers on each
of their next two passes as the Sooners (8-1, 4-1) raced to a 28-0 lead in the first 5 1/2 minutes.
''I've been in a lot of games. I've seen it happen,'' Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. ''The snowball started rolling on us,
and we didn't do anything to get it stopped.''
Oklahoma had never scored more than 55 points in 83 previous meetings with Nebraska dating back to 1912, but got more than
halfway to that total in less than half a quarter.
got it started by capping a seven-play, 53-yard opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown run and only 4 seconds ticked off the
clock before Franks, a cornerback, stepped in front of Ganz's screen pass behind the line of scrimmage and took it in for
Franks said the Huskers had a ''real big tendency'' to run the screen play out of that single-back, two wide receiver formation
and he'd imagined making that kind of interception in days leading up to the game.
''I just jumped it,'' Franks said. ''I got a chance and I just made a play.''
then fumbled after catching Ganz's second pass, and Oklahoma cashed in three plays later with a 48-yard TD from Bradford to
Then coincidence turned into absurdity. I-back
reached up to deflect Ganz's next pass high into the air, and
picked it off and returned it 26 yards. Bradford made it 28-0 on the next play by zipping a 9-yard touchdown pass to
, and there was still 9:27 left to play in the first quarter.
By that point, Nebraska had run five offensive plays and committed three turnovers.
''You can get all over somebody pretty quick and jump on them. It's big obviously,'' defensive coordinator Brent Venables
said. ''It gets them on their heels. It creates momentum, it creates points. It gets things a lot more comfortable out of
Pelini, a former defensive coordinator under Stoops and at Nebraska and LSU, took the blame for a ''lousy'' defensive performance
and didn't allow his players to speak to reporters after the game.
''I'm responsible for what happened out there,'' Pelini said. ''I'm the voice of this team. I told our guys, 'Oklahoma's over.
We're moving on.'''
Brown tacked on a 1-yard TD catch on the final offensive play of the first quarter, giving Oklahoma a 35-0 lead. It was the
first time Nebraska had ever given up more than 28 points in any quarter.
''We didn't expect it, but at the same time we were just ready to play,'' Holmes said. ''We knew this was a rival game. You
can't be relaxing out there and just playing. You've got to play hard because you know they're going to come out here and
Bradford went 19-for-27 and cleared 300 yards passing for the seventh time this season. It was the sixth time he tied the
school record with five touchdown passes in a game.
had two short touchdown runs and caught a 25-yard TD pass to tie
's record for the most scores by a Sooners player in his first two seasons with 29.
After letting Kansas State come back from a 28-7 lead to tie the game in the first half last week, the Sooners led by at least
28 for the final 50 minutes of the game.
''We saw last week how scores can change,'' Murray said. ''We've just got to keep putting the pedal down and keep trying to
ran 16 times for 157 yards and a touchdown for Nebraska, but all after the Huskers fell behind 35-0. Ganz finished 14-for-26
for 206 yards with one touchdown pass and the two early picks.
''Obviously, that wasn't what we wanted and it hurts,'' Pelini said. ''The reality of it is if you coach in this game long
enough, you play in this game long enough, you're going to face situations like this. Nobody likes it, but you have to move
Oklahoma defensive end
, the Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year, was helped off the field in the third quarter and did not return after
trainers taped up his leg. Sooners receiver
, who'd missed last week's game at Kansas State after dislocating his left elbow, played only the opening series.