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Lincoln Riley Jokes He Might Have Challenged Oklahoma INT for Field Position

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 19, 2021

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Oklahoma football head coach Lincoln Riley told reporters that he considered challenging his own team's fourth-quarter interception to gain better field position during the Sooners' 23-16 home win over Nebraska on Saturday.

"I might have been the first coach in history to challenge a play we got an interception on," Riley said as he laughed, per ESPN's Dave Wilson. "I was hoping it would've gone down."

Down 23-9, Nebraska faced a 4th-and-17 from Oklahoma's 24-yard line with 8:16 remaining in the game. Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez fired a pass downfield that was caught by Oklahoma cornerback D.J. Graham for an incredible one-handed interception.

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Riley then spoke with the officials and relayed his conversation with them afterward.

"I thought it juggled around a bit," Riley noted. He said he asked officials whether it was a catch, and they said that the replay booth had confirmed the call on the field.

"I might have challenged it," Riley added.

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Oklahoma then faced a 1st-and-10 from its own 3-yard line instead of its 24. A pair of runs and an incomplete pass led to a three-and-out, and Nebraska immediately responded with a 38-yard touchdown drive.

However, the Sooners bled off some clock and pinned Nebraska deep in its own territory with just 40 seconds remaining. The No. 3 Sooners eventually held on to move to 3-0 on the year. Nebraska fell to 2-2.

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