Nebraska wasted no time running one of its patented trick plays Saturday, trying a reverse on the game-opening kickoff. Kenny Wilson pitched to Brandon Jackson coming around behind him.
OU's Lewis Baker, however, held his ground and planted Jackson at the Husker 9-yard line.
Baker's big play proved bigger one play later, when Nebraska wide receiver Maurice Purify fumbled a quick out at his own 13 and Reggie Smith returned it to the Huskers' 2. That set up Allen Patrick's short touchdown run and OU's 7-0 lead.
Fast times: When Patrick powered into the end zone on the Sooners' first play, the Big 12 championship had the earliest touchdown in its 11-year history, 48 seconds after kickoff.
The previous quickest TD also belonged to OU. Kejuan Jones scored on a 42-yard run against Kansas State in 2003, 2:45 after kickoff.
Darien's drive: OU free safety Darien Williams returned to action after missing last week's Oklahoma State game with a knee injury. He didn't start, giving way to Nic Harris, but came in and made an impact play to end Nebraska's third series.
The Huskers ran I-back Jackson on third-and-2, but Williams rushed in and drove his blocker into the ball-carrier. Jackson retreated three yards before starting again, and he wound up a yard shy of the first down.
Nebraska punted, the Sooners took over, and Paul Thompson hit Malcolm Kelly on the next play for a 66-yard touchdown and 14-0 lead.
All boxed up: The Huskers came out without any wide receivers on their second possession. The Sooners responded by taking cornerbacks Marcus Walker and Lendy Holmes off the field, and using five defensive linemen and four linebackers with safeties Smith and Nic Harris.
OU crowded Nebraska's eight-man offensive line with 11 defenders near the line of scrimmage in anticipation of a run play. Sure enough, Jackson ran twice in a row.
Unfortunately for the Sooners, Jackson gained 10 yards when tackle DeMarcus Granger missed him in the backfield, then another 31 when linebacker Curtis Lofton was blocked on the edge and Jackson made the corner.
The Sooners tried the formation once more, on Nebraska's third-and-1 from the OU 14 midway through the second quarter. This time, the Huskers crossed up OU by sending two tight ends on pass patterns.
Taylor hit one of them, a wide-open Hunter Teafatiller, for a touchdown and Nebraska trailed 14-7.
Double jeopardy: Teafatiller's score was set up by Andrew Shanle's interception of Thompson at the OU 23.
Thompson made a mistake by throwing a pressured pass up for grabs instead of out of bounds. But it was freshman tailback Chris Brown who erred first, missing a block on blitzing linebacker Bo Ruud, who then got in Thompson's face on the throw.
Snapping hurdle: OU's Garrett Hartley lined up to try a 47-yard field goal with under a minute left in the first half. Derek Shaw, however, bounced his snap to holder Hays McEachern, and McEachern threw an incomplete shovel pass to tight end Joe Jon Finley.
It appeared the Sooners had called a fake. Hartley took off toward the left side, like a pitch man on an option play, and Finley was coming around from the right side of the formation, perhaps to take a shovel pass from McEachern.
40 Number of conference championships won by Oklahoma, including four Big 12 titles.
10 Number of catches for OU wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, a Big 12 championship record.
142 Kelly's yardage total, also a championship record.
42 The Sooners' rushing total, their lowest output of the season by 82 yards.
4 Number of interceptions thrown by Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor before Saturday.
3 Number of times OU intercepted Taylor.
29 Temperature at kickoff Saturday night.
80,031 The Big 12 championship-record crowd at Arrowhead despite the chill.
24 Number of years it has been since OU last played in the Fiesta Bowl. The Sooners fell to Arizona State 32-21 Jan. 1, 1983, despite Marcus Dupree's 239 rushing yards.