There wasn't much chance of the Huskies quitting or being in awe of ninth-ranked Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl Saturday night.

That could have been evidenced by the way fullback Anthony Sherman trudged to his way to a 41-yard reception seeking out another score late in the fourth quarter.

Ultimately, it was what it was - Oklahoma's speed on offense and quarterback Landry Jones, with a school bowl-record 429 yards passing and three touchdowns, were a little bit too much for the No. 25 Huskies. Make it a lot.

The Huskies didn't help themselves with two interceptions returned on them for scores and too many wasted scoring opportunities. Jordan Todman had a struggle, though he went over 100 yards.

All of it added up to a 48-20 loss before 67,232 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Huskies' first trip to the BCS bowl showed a sizable disparity in talent, but a Randy Edsall-coached team won't quit. It will fight to the end.

It just needed some faster fighters Saturday night, as the Sooners ended a five-game BCS bowl losing streak.

"To win a game after those [losses], it's just a great feeling," said Jones, whose favorite target, All-American Ryan Broyles, had 13 catches for 170 yards and a 5-yard fourth-quarter touchdown.

All-American Jordan Todman had 121 yards on 32 carries, and Robbie Frey returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown for the Huskies, who were within 34-20 entering the fourth quarter.

"Our kids battled the entire time," Edsall said. "I told the kids it's a game of inches and we couldn't make enough inches today."

Added linebacker and captain Scott Lutrus: "We didn't give up. The entire game we played our butts off, it just didn't work out our way."

Todman, a junior, said after the game that he will enter the NFL draft.

"I felt like it was the right time for me," Todman said. "I stand pretty good with the competition. ... Me and my family decided it's the right decision for me."

Edsall said he supports the decision. "I think it's the right decision," he said. "I know it's the right decision. What more can he do here? He rushed for over 1,600 yards this year and almost 1,200 last year. It's the right decision."

Given all the Huskies were facing, and the way the defense kicked it in the second quarter after a shaky first, UConn had to be pleased being down 20-10 at halftime.

It could have been worse.

The Sooners (12-2) amassed 279 yards of offense in the first half and did not punt, scoring on a four of five possessions.

The Huskies (8-5) scored on the other, a 46-yard interception return by Dwayne Gratz with 12:38 left in the first quarter.

The super hot Jones, who finished 34 of 49, was 12-for-12 before he tossed Gratz the pick-six opportunity.