It's official. Oklahoma tops Nebraska in an instant classic, 23-20, to claim the 2010 Big 12 Championship in Arlington. Stay tuned to SoonerSports.com for complete postgame coverage.
10:42 p.m. | Clinched
OU stuffs Nebraska on fourth-and-five to all but seal the deal. With 1:03 left on the clock, Oklahoma takes over and we're a couple kneel-downs away from seven Big 12 titles in 11 years.
10:39 p.m. | Jefferson Sack
With all the epic senior performances tonight, a freshman steps up for the biggest play of the moment. Tony Jefferson drops Taylor Martinez for an eight-yard sack on second down.
10:38 p.m. | Two Minute Drill
Who will have the better two-minute performance -- Nebraska's offense or Oklahoma's defense? That is what will determine the 2010 Big 12 Champion.
10:35 p.m. | Near Misses
A pair of near misses for the Sooner defense to snatch another turnover. First, Nebraska dug into its bag of tricks with a halfback pass attempt from Burkhead to Martinez. Jamell Fleming broke it up and nearly had the interception. On the next play, Frank Alexander got to the quarterback and forced a fumble, but it was recovered by the Huskers. Still, OU's defense forces Nebraska to put once again. The Sooners have the ball deep in their own territory and will look to run some time off the clock with just under three minutes to go.
10:28 p.m. | Hold On
After trading punts, Nebrask has the ball at midfield with 6:39 on the clock. The Sooner defense needs to do what they have all night and come up with a big stop here. Buckle up... it's already been a heck of ride tonight, and we're coming into the final turn.
10:17 p.m. | OU Takes First Lead
With 8:28 left on the clock, the Sooners take their first lead of the game on another field goal from Jimmy Stevens. Again, we have to point out the performance of Cameron Kenney, who had a pair of clutch catches on third downs to keep the scoring drive alive.
10:13 p.m. | Classic in the Making
You couldn't have scripted a better game for the final Big 12 Championship and perhaps the last meeting between the Sooners and Cornhuskers, at least for the foreseeable future. What are others saying? ESPN.com's sub-headline reads "Oklahoma and Nebraska are up to their old tricks." Ain't that the truth...
10:08 p.m. | Yet Another TO
Just when it appeared Nebraska was mounting some momentum on its latest drive, OU takes it back with another big turnover. Travis Lewis pounces on the loose football to give the ball back to the Sooners. Lewis has now accounted for three turnovers tonight -- two fumble recoveries and an interception.
10:02 p.m. | Broyles Tops the Charts
We've been giving all kinds of love to the Sooner defense lately, but perhaps lost a bit in the hoopla is that Ryan Broyles has become the Oklahoma record holder in both career receiving yards (3,259) and receiving yards in a single season (1,452) tonight. Both records were previously held by Mark Clayton.
9:56 p.m. | Macon's Career Night
The senior DE from Corpus Christi, Texas, continues to add to his career performance tonight. Macon adds another sack, his third of the night, on Nebraska's latest drive. He now has five tackles on the night, all for loss, and is within one of holding the Oklahoma single-game record. It certainly hasn't been a one-man show, but once again, you have to be proud to see this type of performance on this stage from one of OU's seniors.
9:51 p.m. | Flashes of White
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has to be seeing flashes of white. Every time he drops back to pass, he has Sooners coming at him from every direction. OU's defensive line, playing shorthanded with injuries and position switches, is putting together quite a performance tonight. Even when the Husker have managed to get positive yardage, they've made them work for every inch.
9:44 p.m. | Battle of Wills
While Nebraska's defense set the tone early in the game, OU's defense is showing some teeth. They forced the big turnover late in the first half to get the Sooners right back in the ball game, and they haven't surrended anything to the Huskers here in the second half. This one's setting up to be a classic, and you can bet whoever shows the most toughness on that side of the ball the remainder of the game has a pretty good chance.
9:39 p.m. | All Square
Following the Kenney third-down play, Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles connect on a deep ball to get the Sooners inside the 10-yard line. Oklahoma takes advantage of this big play, with Stevens connecting on a 20-yard field goal to tie the score at 20 apiece. We have a brand new ball game in Arlington.
9:36 p.m. | Kenney Keeps Drive Alive
After having the game of his career last week at Oklahoma State, Cameron Kenney continues to have a big impact for the Sooners. Facing a third-and-five, Kenney showed great awareness of where the first down marker was and bailed out a scrambling Landry Jones by coming back to the ball to pick up the first down. Coach Norvell has to appreciate that type of play from a senior. He got a good look at it on the sideline as the play unfolded right in front of him.
9:29 p.m. | More on Macon
Macon's four tackles for loss tonight marks the 29th time in OU history a player has had at least four in a game. Macon's fellow defensive end and roommate Jeremy Beal was the last to do so, coming in the game at Missouri earlier this year. The school record for tackles for loss in a game is six.
9:25 p.m. | Missed Opportunity
The Sooners fail to capitalize on the turnover as Jimmy Stevens misses a 24-yard field goal. Despite the missed opportunity, OU fans have to be optimistic with the energy the Sooners have shown out of the break.
9:22 p.m. | Box Recovers
OU grabs the early momentum in the second half by forcing another Nebraska fumble. Austin Box recovers to give the Sooners a short field at the Husker 24-yard line. Pryce Macon forced it. How great is it to see these two guys stepping up and having such a big impact considering all they've gone through in their careers. Macon now has four tackles for loss in the game.
9:19 p.m. | More Photos
We've uploaded more photos to Facebook highlighting some of the action from the second quarter. All indications are that this will be a tight one to the end. Savor it as this may be the last time for awhile that we see these programs go head-to-head:
9:13 p.m. | Momentum
Both bands have performed and the specialists are back warming up on the field. Will Oklahoma's momentum carry over to the third quarter? We're 4:29 away from getting back to the action.
9:08 p.m. | Halftime Analysis
ESPN's David Ubben provides quick analysis at the half of the Big 12 Championship Game including biggest plays (and the players who have come to play) in Arlington.
8:56 p.m. | Halftime
Oklahoma has stormed back from 17 down to narrow the game to 20-17 as we go to halftime. If you hadn't noticed, the Huskers' kicker, Alex Henery, is money. He has provided the cushion for Nebraska here at the half. Both fan bases are on their feet applauding the teams as they head for the locker rooms.
8:51 p.m. | Stills on the Move
To this point in the season, Kenny Stills (Encinitas, Calif.) has the OU freshman receiving record for yards with 709 and for receptions with 52. He's second to Ryan Broyles with five touchdown receptions. Broyles had six during the 2008 season.
8:47 p.m. | Sooners Even It Up
The Sooners have come alive in the second quarter, withstood a furious early strike by Nebraska and pulled even in the game, 17-17. It's a whole new game now for the 2010 Big 12 Championship. OU fans are rocking and chanting "OU, OU, OU" while waving their crimson and white shakers. Exciting atmosphere here in Arlington.
8:42 p.m. | No. 28 Coming Up Big
Junior linebacker Travis Lewis recovers his first fumble and on the next play, Jones hits Kenny Stills on a 30-yard pass to ignite the Sooner fans in the stadium. Lewis has come up big with two turnovers for Oklahoma. The San Antonio native has to have a few excited family members in attendance tonight.
8:42 p.m. | Fuuuuumble!
After 17-straight points by the Huskers, Oklahoma has reeled off 10 of its own to make this a single-possession game. The Sooner defense is receiving plenty of verbal support from the OU corner of the stands... and there it is... fumble Nebraska. Ball to Oklahoma.
8:39 p.m. | Fantastic Fake
Even with the high-tech coverage, gigantic HD video board and NFL environment, you can't deny the old-school aura surrounding the field. Crimson OU helmets clashing with the white Nebraska helmets speak simply to the heart of college football. This matchup is a gift to the conference and the nation.
8:35 p.m. | Fantastic Fake
Fantastic fake on fourth down by Landry Jones to completely take the Husker defense (and ABC camera crew) by surprise. OU is rolling now inside the Nebraska 15.
8:33 p.m. | Finch to the Rescue
What an athletic catch by Roy Finch on the sideline bailing out a scrambling Landry Jones. Sooner fans have to be heartened, anticipating future plays for the next few seasons by No. 22.
8:31 p.m. | Lewis INT
Taylor Martinez forces a pass into the end zone and Travis Lewis comes down with the INT to stave off the Huskers. Oklahoma is in business at its own 20, down by ten. That marked Lewis' third interception of the season.
8:27 p.m. | Fourth Down
The Huskers dial up a big pass on the fourth-down play and burn the Sooner defense for a 36-yard gain. Nebraska is knocking again.
8:25 p.m. | Athletic Play
Athletic play by Ronnell Lewis to stretch out and bring down Taylor Martinez on the edge to force the fourth down. The Huskers call a timeout to mull this over with the ball on the OU 45.
8:22 p.m. | Here Come the Sooners
Landry Jones connects with Kenny Stills on a 49-yard touchdown bomb and Oklahoma is on the board, 17-7. Time for the Sooner defense to get the ball back. OU fans are on their feet and the band is reeling off stanza after stanza of Boomer Sooner.
8:19 p.m. | Defense
The Sooner defense has played well aside from giving up the big run for Nebraska's first score. In fact, take away the 66-yard TD run by Helu and the Huskers have a total of 18 yards.
8:14 p.m. | 17-0
The Huskers cap the turnover with a touchdown to up their lead to 17-0 in here in the second quarter. Crazy stat? Oklahoma has four first downs. Nebraska, three.
8:09 p.m. | Bringing the Noise
Capacity for Cowboys Stadium is listed at 80,000. If there aren't that many fans in attendance here in Arlington tonight, we'll be surprised. The seats are filled to the rafters. The noise inside the stadium is deafening no matter who has the ball. There is simply nowhere for the noise to go but to bounce around inside the dome.
8:05 p.m. | Pryce is Right Tonight
Pryce Macon already has a career high with three tackles for a loss of 12 yards. His previous high 2.5 tackles for loss for a loss of 11 yards vs. Texas Tech.
8:03 p.m. | Offense Playing Defense
The Sooner offense has had a tough go of it here early with snuffed drives, batted balls and a turnover. However, the Sooner offense played some defense and Ryan Broyles stripped the ball on that interception. Nebraska has challenged the ruling on the field...
7:55 p.m. | Quick Photos
For Sooner fans who aren't in Arlington or can't watch the game on TV, here is a quick photo gallery from the field as the Sooners battle Nebraska at the Big 12 Championship in Arlington.
7:49 p.m. | Answering the Call
Oklahoma's defense did indeed step up, tallying a big sack and holding the Huskers to -5 yards on its latest drive. Another muffed punt had Sooner fans' hearts stop for a moment, but OU is back on the offensive. With a short field, it's time for the Sooners to go get their first points of the game.
7:46 p.m. | Another Drive, Another Punt
OU did manage to pick up one first down on it's latest drive, but it was another quick one as the Sooners were forced to punt. Nebraska's defense has certainly come out and established the tone early in the game. It's time for OU to step up and turn it around.
7:41 p.m. | Three from Distance
Nebraska has one of the best kickers in the nation in Alex Henery, and he just showed off his big leg with a 53-yard field goal to extend the Huskers' early lead to 10-0. Not only was it long enough, but the kick was right down the middle of the uprights. You can't help but be impressed.
7:37 p.m. | Offense Tough to Come By
We knew coming in Nebraska had a stout defense, and so far the Sooners have struggled to get much of anything going on offense. So far on three drives, OU has two punts, a turnover on downs and just 40 total yards.
7:31 p.m. | Nebraska Strikes First
After OU failed on a fourth-and-five attempt from the Nebraska 36, the Huskers quickly take it back the other way, with Roy Helu dashing 66 yards for the game's first score. Tough way to start for the Sooners, but there's still a lot of football left to play. By the way, that was the longest run OU's defense has allowed this season.
7:25 p.m. | Near Turnovers
Just like the field position battle, and as is also usually the case in big games, taking care of the football will also be of utmost importance. Both teams nearly gave up the game's first turnover on the latest series of plays. On NU's third-down play, OU swiped the ball away from Taylor Martinez only to have on offensive lineman fall on it. On the ensuing punt, OU muffed the catch but had a player in the right place at the right time to fall on it.
7:22 p.m. | Field Position Battle
As it is in all big games, the field position battle will definitely be something to watch for tonight. With the way the defenses for both teams have been playing as of late, we expect that long, sustained drives will be hard to come by. Just something to keep an eye on.
7:17 p.m. | Three-and-Out
Oklahoma goes three-and-out on its first drive, but a big boot by Tress Way and great coverage by Jamell Fleming turns the field position. Nebraska starts its first drive from the 25
7:13 p.m. | We're Underway
Nebraska won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, so OU will begin the game on offense. We're underway in Arlington!
7:12 p.m. | The Teams Have Arrived
Not sure what happened with the intro videos, but they did not play them on the big screen as expected before the teams ran out. Regardless, we released a sneak peek of Oklahoma's intro video yesterday and here it is again for you to enjoy:
HD Version on YouTube | 2010 Intro Video No. 3 | No. 2 | No. 1
7:09 p.m. | Thanks Big 12
To help get Sooner fans amped up just a bit more, the Big 12 just played House of Pain's "Jump Around" over the PA system here inside the stadium. Props also to the OU marketing department for distributing shakers for Sooner fans to wave proudly during the game. Not sure how visible it will be on TV with the cameras primarily pointing toward the Nebraska sections, but we can assure you Sooner fans are representing tonight.
7:06 p.m. | Congratulations Volleyball
Before we get to football, we have to give a quick shout-out to Coach Restrepo and the Sooner volleyball team, who advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 3-2 over Tulsa today in Norman. View a complete recap here, and congratulations once again!
7:03 p.m. | Sea of Reds
It's a bit tough to distinguish the OU crimson-clad fans from those wearing Nebraska red, but one thing is certain, anyone not wearing one shade or the other here tonight sticks out like a sore thumb. The Cowboy-blue seats are completely covered by a sea of reds.
7:01 p.m. | Playing for Fiesta
While it was all but certain before, with Auburn and Oregon both winning today to set up the national title game, it is now guaranteed that the winner of tonight's Big 12 Championship is headed to the Fiesta Bowl.
6:49 p.m. | Correction
Check that, there's no calm in here... it's all energy. Sooner fans seemed to be challenging the Husker faithful to try and be louder while the Pride of Oklahoma performed their pregame routine. With Nebraska's band now on the field, we declare no contest. Hopefully there will continue to be plenty for OU fans to cheer about throughout the game. The split in the stands is pretty much even, but so far Sooner fans are winning on the decibel meter.
6:46 p.m. | Calm Before the Storm
Both teams have headed off to their respective locker rooms and the bands get to take center stage for a few minutes. There is already a ton of energy in the building, with fans on both sides as anxious as the players to go at it head-to-head. We're under 30 minutes to kickoff and ready to rumble.
6:42 p.m. | Amazing Stat
Did you know that in the 81 years since becoming members of the same conference (OU and NU joined the Big 6 in 1928), either the Sooners or Cornhuskers have won or shared the league title 67 times (OU 39, NU, 28). Tonight will mark 68 out of 82. That's a whopping 83 percent! Talk about conference supremacy -- these two programs define it.
6:36 p.m. | OU-Nebraska History
College football will be losing something special after tonight when the Oklahoma-Nebraska rivalry is indefinitely put on hold. The programs have combined for 12 national championships and 85 conference titles, and so many of the battles between them have been epic. Earlier this week, we released photos and video documenting the most significant games in series history:
Oklahoma-Nebraska Through the Years
6:23 p.m. | Championship Game History
The Big 12 just played highlights of OU's first appearance in the Big 12 title game (way back in 2000 vs. K-State) up on the big screen here at Cowboys Stadium. While 11 years doesn't seem that long ago, we had to laugh at the youth of Coach Stoops and quarterback (now coach) Josh Heupel. The Sooners have made the title game nearly an annual event, with this their eight in the last 11 years, including six titles. Take a look back at each of OU's six Big 12 Championships here:
OU's Six Big 12 Titles | Oklahoma Football Tradition
6:12 p.m. | First Class Venue
It goes without saying, but what an unbelievable venue to watch a football game. We have to admit, the corporate touch on everything is a bit much, but you can't help but be in awe everywhere you look. Fans on both sides are filing in and Cowboys Stadium is sure to be filled to the brim as these classic rivals meet in the final Big 12 Championship. We're already on the edge of our seats.
5:39 p.m. | Live from Cowboys Stadium
It's just over an hour-and-a-half from kickoff and we are live from Cowboys Stadium. Following is a pic of our vantage point from the press box where we'll be providing live updates, notes and reaction as the action unfolds in the final Big 12 Championship:
10:17 a.m. | Saturday's Headlines
View a quick rundown of headlines from Oklahoma and Nebraska newspapers as the Sooners and Huskers meet in the Big 12 Championship Game at 7 p.m. (ABC) in Arlington, Texas.
Ronnell Lewis Will be Needed Against NU - The Oklahoman
Huskers on Verge of Greatness - Lincoln Journal Star
Breaking Down the OU-Nebraska Matchup - Tulsa World
Turning the Page on Classic Rivalry - Omaha World-Herald
We're Going to Miss This - Norman Transcript
Did Sooners Cause Nebraska's Exit? - The Oklahoman
Big 12 Championship: Can't Rival This - Dallas Morning News
OU-Nebraska: The Final Chapter - Tulsa World
"Big 12 Bob" Owns This Conference - The Oklahoman
Pelini Has a Lot Riding On This Game - Lincoln Journal Star
Husker Gameday: OU vs. Nebraska - Omaha World-Herald
Healthy Martinez Could Give NU Advantage - Tulsa World
Youngstown Divided, Not Same Jones - The Oklahoman
History Won't be Lost in This Rivalry - Norman Transcript
Both OU, NU Regrouped for Run - Omaha World-Herald
OU-Nebraska Memories: The 2000 Game - Tulsa World
Jones' Perspective Changed First Year - The Oklahoman
What's at Stake, Who to Watch, Bottom Line - Tulsa World
Amukamara Thrives on Challenge - Lincoln Journal Star
Teams Want to Erase Nightmares - Dallas Morning News
Murray, Bowl Update, Support, Parting Shot - Tulsa World
Nebraska Back in Big 12 Final - Omaha World-Herald
8:01 a.m. | What's at Stake?
Oklahoma is gunning for its record seventh Big 12 Championship in 11 years and 43rd overall conference title in the program's history. The Sooners are also aiming to hand Nebraska a loss in the Huskers' final game as a member of the Big 12 Conference as NU departs for the Big 10 after this season. Finally, the winner of the Big 12 Championship Game will clinch an appearance in the BCS: the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. A victory would seal OU's eighth BCS bowl appearance in 11 seasons.