Huskers can’t cash in on chances
Oklahoma played nearly mistake-free football and Nebraska could not capitalize on several second-half opportunities as the Sooners won the 2006 Big 12 title game, 21-7.
In a game dominated by the defenses, the Sooners bent throughout the night but broke only once to drop Nebraska to 9-4. Oklahoma improved to 10-2 and earned a Bowl Championship Series berth to the Fiesta Bowl. The Huskers accepted a Cotton Bowl invitation.
While Nebraska was able to move the ball, OU’s defense created turnovers. Zac Taylor threw a season-high three interceptions, after throwing just four in the first 12 games of the season. The Huskers also lost two fumbles, including one inside their own 10 on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
Oklahoma’s only sustained drive proved to be the backbreaker for the Huskers. OU used a 10-play, 99-yard march midway through the third quarter to stop Nebraska’s comeback effort. The Huskers, who nearly buried the Sooners in the end zone for a safety on second down, surrendered a 35-yard completion from Paul Thompson to Jermal Greshman on third-and-10. Thompson and the Sooners capped the drive with a three-yard pass to Malcolm Kelly.