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Fun Football Facts From 2008: Nebraska


I don’t think there has ever been a more explosive (nor more fun) 5 ½ minutes of football than what we saw in last seasons Oklahoma/Nebraska game. Fresh off a drubbing of Kansas State the Sooner were back home for the renewal of the Big Red Rivalry. With many of the participants from "The Game of the Century" on hand, Oklahoma put Nebraska to bed early and then cruised to a 62-28 win.

OU capped a 7 play 53 yard drive with a 2 yard touchdown run by Chris Brown to take a 7-0 lead at the 12:17 mark of the first quarter. At the 12:13 mark Dominique Franks returned an interception 18 yards for a score to make it 14-0. Then OU bumped it up to 21-0 at the 10:31 mark on a 48 yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Quentin Chaney. Oklahoma capped off the 5 ½ minute barrage with a 9 yard strike from Bradford to Jermaine Gresham to lead 28-0 with 9:27 still to play in the first quarter. At the end of the first fifteen minutes the Sooners led 35-0 and the final three quarters would become "garbage time." Here are a few fun facts about the 2008 OU/Nebraska football game that you may have forgotten about.

 

• OU improved to 44-37-3 against the Cornhuskers including wins in the last four meetings.  The Sooners hold a 23-16 advantage in Norman

 

• The Oklahoma defense forced a turnover on Nebraska’s first three offensive possessions.

 

• The Sooners’ 62 points were its most ever against Nebraska.  OU’s 49 first-half points against NU marked its most ever in a half against the Cornhuskers.  The Sooners’ previous best against Nebraska was 34 in the second half of the 1954 contest.

 

• With his first-quarter 48-yard completion to Quentin Chaney, Bradford set an OU career record for pass completions for 40 or more yards with 30.  He broke the mark of 29 previously held by Jason White.

 • Bradford’s five touchdowns marked the 11th time that a Sooner QB has thrown for at least five touchdowns.  Bradford holds the OU record with six, five-touchdown games.  Jason White threw for five TDs on three occasions while Josh Heupel did it twice.

 

DeMarco Murray scored his 29 career touchdown, tying Adrian Peterson for the most TDs by a Sooner in his first two years.

 

• With two touchdown catches, Jermaine Gresham has 21 career scores, tying Malcolm Kelly for second all-time (Mark Clayton - 31).

 

• Dominique Franks’ interception for a touchdown was the 31st defensive touchdown under Bob Stoops.