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OU's kicking slump had already convinced Stoops of his late strategy

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Lost in all of the handwringing about Oklahoma's injuries this season is another chink in the Sooners' armor that doomed them against Nebraska.

The kicking slump by Tress Way was huge in the Sooners' 10-3 loss. The Sooners spent most of the game in Nebraska territory, but could produce only a field goal in the lowest-scoring game in Bob Stoops' coaching tenure.

Way converted a 28-yarder. But he also missed from 46 yards and 42 yards and had a 45-yard attempt blocked by Ndamukong Suh.

Stoops made a kicking change from Jimmy Stevens to Way because of Way's better range. Stevens converted 11 straight kicks inside 40 yards earlier this season, but missed his only two past that distance. His longest kick this season has been 39 yards.

Those struggles made Stoops already set that he would have gone for two and the victory if the Sooners had scored a touchdown on their final possession.

"I had already talked to the coaches about it,” Stoops told reporters at his weekly news conference. "The way both of our defenses were playing, you would think that we would force a bunch of field goals. And at that point, probably justifiably, I didn’t feel great about getting into a field goal-kicking contest.”

Considering Oklahoma's offensive and kicking-game struggles, it was likely a wise decision.

But it never came to be as Nebraska's Matt O'Hanlon produced the last of his three interceptions to ice the Cornhuskers' victory.