(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: (4) Oklahoma 62, Nebraska 28
Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Heisman hopeful Sam Bradford threw five touchdown passes, as the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners rolled over the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 62-28.
Bradford was 19-of-27 for 311 yards with one interception for Oklahoma (8-1, 4-1 Big 12), which has won three straight games since a 45-35 setback to Texas. Quentin Chaney had five receptions for 128 yards and a score, while Jermaine Gresham caught two touchdown passes.
Joe Ganz completed 14-of-26 passes for 206 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Cornhuskers (5-4, 2-3), who saw their two-game win streak halted. Roy Helu Jr. rushed for 157 yards and a score on 16 carries.
"They beat us in every phase of the game tonight," said Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma came out blazing on both sides of the ball, forcing the Cornhuskers to turn the ball over on each of their first three possessions and leading by 28 points less than six minutes into the game.
DeMarco Murray returned the opening kickoff 62 yards to the Nebraska 38, but a personal foul bumped the Sooners back to their own 47. After Murray lost a yard on first down, Bradford threw a 41-yard pass to Ryan Broyles to place the ball at the Nebraska 13. Chris Brown eventually found the end zone, punching it in from two yards out.
Four seconds later, on the Cornhuskers' first play from scrimmage, Ganz was intercepted by Dominque Franks and he rumbled 18 yards for the score. Nebraska then coughed up the ball on the second play of its next possession.
Ganz completed a nine-yard pass to Dreu Young, but Keenan Clayton delivered a thunderous hit to knock the ball loose and Auston English fell on it at the Oklahoma 48.
The Sooners needed only three plays to find paydirt, as Chaney hauled in a 48- yard TD pass. Lendy Holmes then picked off Ganz at the Nebraska 35 and scampered 26 yards before he was taken down. Bradford found Gresham for a nine-yard score on the next play, giving the Sooners a comfortable 28-0 advantage with 9:27 to play in the first quarter.
Bradford tacked on a one-yard TD pass to Brown on the final offensive play of the opening frame.
"We just came out firing with everybody," said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. "I just thought our guys were really focused and we couldn't have executed much better in all parts of the game. Our offense was moving and running fast and our defense made all the big plays and turnovers."
A two-yard TD run by Quentin Castille put Nebraska on the board, but Bradford then engineered a nine-play, 44-yard drive ending with a three-yard scoring run by Murray.
Murray's second rushing touchdown of the game -- an eight-yarder -- followed a 14-yard scamper by Helu, and Oklahoma carried a 49-14 lead into halftime.
Ganz opened the second half scoring with an eight-yard strike to Nate Swift, but the Sooners continued to pull away in the third quarter as Bradford threw touchdown passes of 11 and 25 yards to Gresham and Murray, respectively.
Nebraska got a 16-yard TD run from Patrick Witt in the final minute of regulation.
The 62 points was the most Oklahoma has scored against Nebraska in the program's storied history...Brown gained 89 yards on the ground...Oklahoma has won the last four meetings.
11/02 01:09:54 ET