Huskers collapse in Big 12 farewell

Arlington, Texas • no. 10 Oklahoma earned a spot in the Fiesta Bowl and ruined Nebraska’s last conference game as a member of the Big 12 for good measure.

Travis Lewis had an interception in the end zone and recovered two fumbles as the Sooners rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat Nebraska 23-20 on Saturday night in the Big 12 championship, the Cornhuskers’ last stand in the conference before they jump to the Big Ten next season.

Landry Jones threw for 342 yards and a touchdown and also sneaked in for another score from 1 yard out as the Sooners (11-2) made the biggest comeback in Big 12 championship history.

The no. 13 Cornhuskers (10-3) self-destructed, squandering a 17-0 lead with four turnovers and getting shut out in the second half for the first time all season.

Jimmy Stevens delivered the game-winner, a 27-yard field goal, with 8:28 to play.

Oklahoma won its seventh Big 12 title — more than twice as many as any other school — and the seventh straight by schools from the South Division. Nebraska, which lost 13-12 to Texas on a field goal after one second had been put back on the clock in last year’s title game, suffered another tough defeat but without a close call at the end.

The Huskers had to punt it away with less than four minutes left after Taylor Martinez was sacked at midfield, then couldn’t convert a first down after getting the ball back with 1:46 to play at their own 41-yard line.

Nebraska will likely fall into the Insight or Alamo Bowl.

Huskers collapse in Big 12 farewell


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