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Sooners roll on toward Fiesta

Oklahoma's ground game got the eighth-ranked Sooners to the title game. The Sooners went to the air to reach the Bowl Championship Series.

Paul Thompson threw two touchdown passes to Malcolm Kelly and led the longest scoring drive in Big 12 championship history, leading Oklahoma to a 21-7 win over No. 19 Nebraska on Saturday night.

Kelly's 142 yards receiving on 10 catches broke the title game record of 140 yards, set by Kansas State's Darnell McDonald in 1998.

The Sooners, who forced five turnovers - another championship game record - won their fourth Big 12 title and earned a Fiesta Bowl berth. Safety Reggie Smith had two takeaways, including a fumble recovery that set up the Sooners' first score.

Backed up at his own 1 in the third quarter, with Oklahoma clinging to a 14-7 lead and Nebraska building momentum, Thompson was 6-for-8 for 95 yards on an 11-play, 99-yard drive. It ended with his 3-yard pass to Kelly that made it 21-7.

The Sooners also picked up the fastest score in Big 12 title game history when Allen Patrick scored on a 2-yard run just 48 seconds in.

On the game's first play from scrimmage, Marcus Walker stripped the ball from Nebraska wide receiver Maurice Purify after a short gain. Smith scooped up the ball near the sideline and returned it to the 2.

Later in the first, Thompson hit Kelly for a 66-yard touchdown that put the Sooners up 14-0.

Nebraska cut it to 14-7 in the second quarter, when Andrew Shanle's interception set up Zac Taylor's 14-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Teafatiller.

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