Oklahoma 62
Nebraska 28

Nov. 1, 2008 • 7 p.m. Central
Norman, OK • ESPN
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2008 Nebraska-Oklahoma football, Matt O'Hanlon and Chris BrownOU’s Chris Brown, who scored twice in the first quarter, stiff-arms Nebraska’s Matt O’Hanlon. · The Daily Oklahoman · Newspapers.com

1st quarter
OU: C. Brown 2 run (J. Stevens kick) 12:17
OU: D. Franks 18 interception return (J. Stevens kick) 12:13
OU: Q. Chaney 48 pass from S. Bradford (Stevens kick) 10:31
OU: J. Gresham 9 pass from Bradford (Stevens kick) 9:27
OU: C. Brown 1 pass from Bradford (Stevens kick) 0:04
2nd quarter
NU: Q. Castille 2 run (A. Henery kick) 11:20
OU: D. Murray 3 run (Stevens kick) 8:06
NU: R. Helu Jr. 14 run (Henery kick) 4:24
OU: Murray 8 run (Stevens kick) 2:56
3rd quarter
NU: N. Swift 8 pass from J. Ganz (Henery kick) 11:34
OU: Gresham 11 pass from Bradford (Stevens kick) 9:30
OU: Murray 25 pass from Bradford (Stevens kick blocked) 0:44
4th quarter
NU: P. Witt 16 run (Henery kick) 0:21

                            NU       OU
FIRST DOWNS................ 15       21
  Rushing................... 9        8
  Passing................... 6       11
  Penalty................... 0        2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)..... 35-204   40-193
PASSING YDS (NET)......... 214      315
  Att-Comp-Int........ 28-16-2  30-21-1
TOTAL OFFENSE ......... 63-418   70-508
Punt Returns-Yards........ 0-0     3--1
Kickoff Returns-Yards... 7-145    5-183
Int. Returns-Yards........ 1-0     2-44
Punts (Number-Avg)..... 7-45.7   4-40.0
Fumbles-Lost.............. 2-2      0-0
Penalties-Yards.......... 8-74     7-69
Possession Time......... 30:42    29:18
Third-Down Conv. ........ 5/12     7/13
Fourth-Down Conv. ........ 0/0      1/1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances... 4-4      7-8
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 0-0      1-8

NU: Roy Helu Jr., 16-157; Patrick Witt, 1-16; Todd Peterson, 1-16; Marlon Lucky, 5-8; Joe Ganz, 4-5; Quentin Castille, 7-2; Mike McNeill, 1-0.

OU: Chris Brown, 9-89; DeMarco Murray, 14-57; Mossis Madu, 8-15; Sam Bradford, 2-14; Justin Johnson, 4-11; Juaqiun Iglesias, 1-7; Manuel Johnson, 1-2; TEAM 1-minus 2.

NU: Joe Ganz, 14-26-2-206; Patrick Witt, 2-2-0-8.

OU: Sam Bradford, 19-27-1-311; Joey Halzle, 2-3-0-4.

NU: Todd Peterson, 5-73; Nate Swift, 3-83; Roy Helu Jr., 2-19; Niles Paul, 1-14; Dreu Young, 1-8; Curenski Gilleylen, 1-6; Mike McNeill, 1-6; Quentin Castille, 1-3; Chris Brooks, 1-2.
OU: Quentin Chaney, 5-128; Jermaine Gresham, 5-52; Juaquin Iglesias, 3-37; Mossis Madu, 3-19; Adron Tennell, 2-12; Ryan Broyles, 1-41; DeMarco Murray, 1-25; Chris Brown, 1-1.

Attendance: 85,212

2008 Nebraska-Oklahoma football, DeMarco Murray TDOklahoma’s DeMarco Murray scores on a second-quarter run. · St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press · Newspapers.com


Stats & recap

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Sooners crush Huskers with early onslaught

Capitalizing on early Nebraska mistakes, Oklahoma rolled to a 35-0 first-quarter lead en route to a 62-28 whipping of the Huskers in Norman.

It was the most points ever scored by a Nebraska opponent in the first 15 minutes, and 28 of the 35 points came in a nightmarish three-minute span for the Huskers.

The Sooners jumped to a 7-0 lead just 2:43 into the game by capping the game’s opening drive with a two-yard touchdown run by Chris Brown.

That was just the start of the Sooner onslaught. On Nebraska’s first play from scrimmage, OU’s Dominique Brown intercepted a Joe Ganz pass and sprinted 18 yards to paydirt to push Oklahoma’s lead to 14-0.

The Huskers’ second possession lasted just two plays as tight end Dreu Young fumbled. The Sooners responded with a 48-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Quentin Chaney to put Oklahoma up 21-0 less than five minutes into the game.

On the second play of NU’s ensuing possession, Ganz was intercepted again, this time by OU’s Lendy Holmes, who returned it 26 yards to the Nebraska 9. The Sooners cashed in on the next play with Jermaine Greshman’s touchdown reception. With 9:27 left in the opening quarter, OU had a 28-0 lead, while Nebraska had run just five plays — three of them turnovers.

Despite the lopsided final score, Nebraska produced 418 yards of offense. I-back Roy Helu Jr. rushed for a career-high 157 yards on 16 carries.

Oklahoma improved to 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12. Nebraska slipped to 5-4 and 2-3.

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Pregame & team info
2008 schedule
04/19Reds 24, Whites 14
08/30W. MichiganW 47-24
09/06San Jose St.W 35-12
09/13New Mexico St.W 38-7
09/27Virginia TechL 30-35
10/04MissouriL 17-52
10/11@ Texas TechL 31-37
10/18@ Iowa St.W 35-7
10/25BaylorW 32-20
11/01@ OklahomaL 28-62
11/08KansasW 45-35
11/15@ Kansas St.W 56-28
11/28ColoradoW 40-31
01/01ClemsonW 26-21



Despite the savage first-half beating they absorbed, the Huskers gave their fans a few hopeful indicators to pick out of the wreckage.


What can you say about this one? Nothing. Forget it. Crumple it up and leave it on Lindsey Street. Head back north and don’t look back.

Omaha World-Herald

Is Oklahoma’s program really this far ahead of Nebraska’s? Don’t ask, Big Red fans.

Lincoln Journal Star

Oklahoma cornerback Dominique Franks played Ganz’s first aerial as if he'd been in Nebraska's huddle.

Grand Island Independent

What Nebraska saw for the first time live was that it was no fluke Bradford finished his freshman season last year ranked No. 2 in nationally in passing efficiency

Lincoln Journal Star

To Pelini’s credit, he stayed Saturday night until all the questions were asked.

Grand Island Independent

That was the most painful five minutes of watching Nebraska football since I became a fan in 1962.

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