As wayward as Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones was throwing the ball Saturday night, Sooner placekicker Tress Way experienced similar difficulties by way of his foot.
The redshirt freshman Way – who replaced sophomore Jimmy Stevens as the full-time kicker following OU’s sixth game — was 0-for-1 on field-goal tries coming into the game, having missed a 54-yarder in a season-opening, 14-13 loss to BYU. Saturday he misfired on three of four attempts.
“Some of the field-goal issues, you have to be able to do it in games like you do it in practice, and we didn’t,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “We’d like to think some of that is experience, haven’t been out there enough.”
The trouble started for Way early and returned often.
Oklahoma marched deep into Husker territory on each of its first two drives.
On each occasion the Sooners came away empty-handed.
Way missed right on a 46-yarder to end the first drive, then Ndamukong Suh blocked a 45-yard attempt to end Oklahoma’s second drive.
“We had the ball the first three possessions inside the 50 to start the game and end up with nothing. We had a chance to get some points. You have to be able to make a field goal,” Stoops said. “Protect the field goal and that changes things at the end of the game when you feel like you’re climbing uphill and have to get a touchdown.”
Way would split the uprights with 24-seconds left in the first half to draw the Sooners to within 7-3 at the break. He would miss again to end the third quarter, this time pushing the attempt wide to the left.
“Offensively we moved the ball quite frequently but we couldn’t produce points,” Stoops said. “We didn’t execute well enough or they’d execute better than we did in the red zone.”