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November 8, 2009

Finishing problems

LINCOLN, Neb. -- It was no secret offensive struggles were holding Oklahoma back this season. Saturday night against Nebraska, it was akin to the unit taking the whole team and chaining it to a train heading the other direction.

The 10-3 loss to the Huskers was simply a matter of OU putting as dominant a defensive effort as its had in the Bob Stoops era and being able to do absolutely nothing with it.

"It would have been hard for our defense to play a whole lot better," Stoops said.

Hard to argue with statistics that were one-sided everywhere but the scoreboard.

· First downs were 23-7 in the Sooners favor.

· OU out-gained the Huskers 325-180.

· Nebraska had 1 third-down conversions in 14 attempts.

The only thing Nebraska did right was not turnover the ball.

The Sooners didn't come close to matching that one.

Quarterback Landry Jones threw a school record five interceptions. The last of which was a Hail Mary pass when the Sooners had the ball at the Husker 49 with 30 seconds left.

Stoops refused to throw his redshirt freshman quarterback under the bus.

"He had some plays that weren't the best," he said.

Tress Way, who made his third straight appearance as OU's field-goal kicker accounted for all of the Sooners' points, but had an awful night.

His make was from 28 yards late in the first half. It was his only make in four attempts.

"You have to be able to make a field goal, protect a field goal," Stoops said. "That certainly changes things at the end of the game. Instead, we're climbing uphill and have to have a touchdown."

Nebraska (6-3, 3-2 Big 12) got its only touchdown off a turnover. Jones was picked off by Prince Amukamara early in the second quarter and it set up Zac Lee's 1-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Hill.

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