Sooners steal early momentum again

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Connecticut needed to assert themselves early in the second half to make a serious upset bid.

But just like in the first half, it was Oklahoma who struck first. Quarterback Landry Jones tossed a rainbow down the right sideline to Cameron Kenney, who kept his balance and finished the 59-yard score with a stiff-arm to outrun a chasing defender.

The play was the third-longest in Fiesta Bowl history.

On the next drive, Jamell Fleming took a dropped pass 55 yards the other way for the game's second pick-six.

That's good for Oklahoma, but it's also very good for Jones' confidence. Just like he did against Oklahoma State, and to a lesser extent Nebraska, an early speed bump didn't derail his night. That's a sign of a mature quarterback, and based on everything Oklahoma's coaches have said, that's what Jones has become during his first full season as a starter.

Oklahoma leads 34-17 after Robbie Frey returned the kick after the interception 95 yards for a touchdown.

Thanks to the Sooners' fast start, an upset for the run-heavy Huskies looks extremely doubtful after a first half that was closer than you might think.

Jones already has 313 yards on 23-of-31 passing with a pair of scores. Oklahoma has 363 yards of offense compared Connecticut's 152.