Nebraska was hoping to make a big statement Saturday on the heels of last weekend’s shootout of Scott Frost, but that effort was cut in half because No. The Sooners took some early hits but scored touchdowns on five of their eight drives in the first 30 minutes.

Oklahoma struggled to run the ball against Kent State a week ago, but the Sooners took advantage of every opportunity they had against the Cornhuskers. They posted 165 yards and three touchdowns on 23 first-half carries, including a career-long 61-yard scamper by quarterback Dillon Gabriel. The Sooners’ signal caller finished with 166 yards and a touchdown in the first half, and punter Brayden Willis added his own 24-yard field goal to Marcus Major on a trick play.

Nebraska was exceptional on its first scripted drive, going 77 yards in less than two minutes thanks to a stellar performance by Casey Thompson. The Cornhusker offense has been a disaster ever since. Nebraska had just 66 total yards from the first drive, with four sacks allowed by a porous offensive line. Freshman running back Ajay Allen showed some promise with 40 yards rushing, but the Cornhuskers are still averaging just 3.4 adjusted yards per sack.

The Sooners defense was exceptional with eight tackles for loss and four sacks per half. Two of the TFLs came from defensive end Ethan Downs, while Downs, Jonas Lawlu, Jalen Redmond and Dashaun White each had a sack. White was sacked for targeting in the second quarter, but freshman Jaren Kanak didn’t let the sack dampen his efforts.

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