Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, angling for subject place vs. Nebraska, ‘might need been the primary coach in historical past’ to problem his personal group’s INT

On a day when No. 3 Oklahoma scored its fewest factors ever beneath Lincoln Riley in a 23-16 win over Nebraska, the Sooners coach virtually made historical past for one more motive.

After Oklahoma cornerback D.J. Graham made a highlight-reel one-handed interception on fourth down on his personal 3-yard line with 8:16 remaining within the sport, Riley instantly went and talked to the officers.

“I might need been the primary coach in historical past to problem a play we acquired an interception on,” Riley stated with amusing. “I hoped it might’ve gone down.”

An incompletion would’ve allowed the Sooners to begin at their very own 24. However being deep in their very own territory, Riley opted to play it conservatively, operating it on first and second down, netting zero yards earlier than an incompletion on a third-down cross try.

After a punt, Samori Toure‘s 10-yard return gave Nebraska the ball on the OU 38-yard line. The Cornhuskers scored three performs afterward Adrian Martinez‘s 21-yard landing cross to chop Oklahoma’s result in 23-16 with 5:38 to play.

“I believed it juggled round a bit,” Riley stated, including he requested the officers if it was a catch, they usually stated they already confirmed it was. “I might need challenged it.”

The sector place subject was half of a bigger theme for the sport on Saturday, with the previous rivals who have not met since 2010 taking part in a good sport that always felt extra like an previous Huge Eight contest.

The sport featured two missed subject objectives by Nebraska, one from Oklahoma and a blocked further level by Nebraska that OU’s Pat Fields returned 100 yards for 2 factors on the finish of the third quarter that stretched a 14-9 result in 16-9.

Oklahoma led simply 7-Three at halftime and scored its fewest factors in any sport beneath Riley, snapping a streak of scoring a minimum of 27 factors at 65 video games, the longest by any group within the AP ballot period (since 1936).

“It was a hard-fought sport,” Riley stated. “You knew it might be. Bringing this sport again, everyone sensed how particular it would be. Each groups rose to the event. It was a tricky sport that meant lots to each faculties and each fanbases.”

Quarterback Spencer Rattler was 24-of-34 passing for 214 yards, however his longest cross went for simply 23 yards. He additionally threw for a landing and added one other on the bottom, whereas speeding for 35 yards.

“There’s an artwork to taking part in QB as a result of you might have a lot management of the sport decision-making,” Riley stated. “I believed he had a very good really feel on that. He actually did not put the ball in peril.”

Riley stated Rattler responded higher on Saturday than he would’ve final yr in his first yr as a starter, and that he had full belief in him and was adamant the offense would take form.

“To play at an elite degree towards, you must be sharp,” Riley stated. “We’re only a tick off. We’re gonna get there, although. I promise you. We will get there quickly.”

With the sport settled, Graham’s unbelievable interception was getting a lot of the buzz afterward. Riley stated he wasn’t even stunned as a result of Graham ceaselessly makes circus catches, and Rattler was requested if he ever lobbies for him to play on offense.

“I do know he performed receiver in highschool, and I heard he was fairly good,” Rattler added. “He does that on a regular basis in apply. He’ll go up and make an Odell catch. He is a ballhawk.”

And whereas Riley would possibly’ve had a small subject with the place he made the catch, Graham’s defensive coordinator could not convey himself to say he’d reasonably he batted it down.

“I like takeaways an excessive amount of to inform him to place it on the bottom,” Alex Grinch stated.

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