Tag:Big 12 Championship Game
Posted on: December 4, 2010 10:01 pm
 

Nebraska takes big lead, gives it all away

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Through the first 18 minutes of the Big 12 Championship, it looked like Nebraska was well on its way to a dominating victory in its Big 12 swan song. The Cornhuskers defense was completely stifling Landry Jones and the Oklahoma offense.  Through its first five possessions, the Sooners had punted three times and turned it over on downs twice.

Meanwhile, for Nebraska, Roy Helu Jr.was busting out for a 66-yard touchdown run, Alex Henery was hitting a 53-yard field goal that could have been good from 200 yards, and Rex Burkhead was doing what Taylor Martinez couldn't.  Completing a pass, and a touchdown pass at that.  It was 17-0 'Huskers with just over 12 minutes left in the second quarter.

Since then, however, it has been just about all Oklahoma save for a Henery field goal to end the half.  Landry Jones finally found his groove, throwing a 49-yard touchdown to Kenny Stills to get things started. Nebraska began turning the ball over, and Oklahoma soon scored ten more points to tie the game at 17-17.

Nebraska was able to re-take the lead just before halftime with a field goal to make it 20-17, but make no mistake about it, even though Nebraska has a three-point lead, Oklahoma seems in control of the game at the moment.  If Nebraska wants to turn things around in the second half, it needs to stop turning the ball over, and Taylor Martinez needs to get his act together.

Martinez completed only 3-of-10 passes for 58 yards, and 36 of those came on a gutsy fourth and 1 call.  Unfortunately, after the conversion, Martinez would make the mistake of throwing back across the field after scrambling and get picked off in the end zone.

If he doesn't get his act straight in the second half he may find himself on the bench shortly, because while the Nebraska defense has played well through the first 30 minutes, the Oklahoma offense has too much talent and is going to find a way to put more points on the board.
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:46 am
 

DeMarco Murray expected to play

Posted by Tom Fornelli

During the week leading up to the final Big 12 Championship Game one of the biggest questions facing the Oklahoma Sooners was whether or not running back DeMarco Murray would be available to the Sooners.  Murray was hurt last Saturday against Oklahoma State when he took a helmet to the knee, and never returned to the game.

Through the week Bob Stoops has had some doubts about his running back's availability, but optimism seemed to reign, and for good reason.  On Thursday night Stoops announced through a press release that Murray was able to practice on Thursday and is expected to play against Nebraska.

Which is big news for the Oklahoma offense.  Murray is not only the team's leading rusher with 1,053 yards and 14 touchdowns, but he also plays a large role in the passing game as well, as he has 64 receptions for another 535 yards and 5 touchdowns as a receiver out of the backfield this season.  He's also the school's all-time leader in in touchdowns (64) and all-purpose yards (6,498) while returning kicks to boot.

So I guess what I'm trying to say here is that he's kind of important to Oklahoma, so it'll be nice for the Sooners to have him around against a tough Nebraska defense on Saturday.
Posted on: November 29, 2010 1:34 pm
 

DeMarco Murray's status for weekend unknown

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma went out and took care of its business on Saturday night, defeating its in-state rival Oklahoma State in Bedlam, and because of it, the Sooners are now on their way to Dallas to take on Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship.  Unfortunately for the Sooners, while they may have won the game, it looks like they may have lost a couple of starters as well.  Most notably, running back DeMarco Murray.

Murray injured his left knee in the fourth quarter when he took a helmet to it on a run.  He did not return to the game, and it seems possible that he may not be able to return in time for Saturday's game either.  Though Bob Stoops isn't entirely sure of anything concerning Murray at the moment.

"I'll have something a little more to say and make sure (the media) knows probably closer to practice or after practice," Stoops said Monday during his weekly teleconference.

Obviously, being without Murray would be a bit of a blow to the Sooners offense.  He's eclipsed 1,000 yards this season for the second time in his career. Along with Murray's status, the condition of starting safety Jonathan Nelson is also up in the air at the moment.  Nelson, who was second in tackles on the Oklahoma defense heading into Bedlam, suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

He may miss the this week's game as well.
 
 
 
 
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