Boise State To Take On One Of All-Time Greats

The Boise State defense prides itself in being able to stop the run. How proud they will be on January 2nd will largely depend on their performance against Oklahoma. On New Year's Day, the Bronco "D" will face one of the top running backs in history in Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson.

He's been described as a gazelle, capable of breaking long runs at any time.  He runs a 4.3 40-yard dash.  Yet his 6-2, 215-pound frame allows him to punish defenders as well.  He is nicknamed AD, which stands for "All-Day".  Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoopes says "I can't compare him to anyone else; I haven't seen anyone like him. He's a powerful, explosive back with great speed and great style. He's a tough, physical runner. Bottom line, until he was hurt, he's had a lot of success. It's not his fault that he got hurt. We plan to give him the ball a lot and hopefully he has a great year. He's incredibly physical. He's a guy who can run a 4.3 and weight 220 pounds. He absolutely destroys a weight room."

 

The greatest running back in Oklahoma history, and one of the greatest of all-time, was ironically born in Texas.  The Sooners staff stole Adrian Peterson right out from under their archrival, the Texas Longhorns.  As a junior in high school, Peterson ran for 2,051 yards on 246 carries, an average of 8.3 yards per carry, and 22 touchdowns.  Those numbers paled to what AD did as a senior.  He proceeded to rush for 2,960 yards on 252 attempts, an incredible 11.7 yards per carry, and 32 touchdowns to close out his high school career.  During his senior year in high school, most college scouts ranked him the top recruit in the country, and many ventured to say that he was the best in the last decade. 

 

Nothing has happened since then to cause one to question those high expectations.

 

In his first year in Norman, Peterson broke several NCAA freshman rushing records including an incredible 1,925 yards and 15 touchdowns.  A large majority of those yards—1,365—were picked up after initial contact.  Peterson broke a 26-year Oklahoma rushing record held by Sooner great Billy Sims (1,896 yards) and topped Wisconsin's Ron Dayne (1,863 yards) for the most yards by a freshman.  Peterson finished second in balloting for the Heisman Trophy, the best finish ever for a freshman, was the first freshman ever to be a Doak Walker finalist, and also finished third for the Maxwell Award for Player of the Year.  Peterson was also a consensus All-American, compiling his eye-popping numbers against six ranked teams. 

 

When several seniors graduated in 2004, Peterson would be counted on for leadership in the Oklahoma offense.  Although he missed parts of four games with a high ankle injury, AD still ran for 1,108 yards and 14 TD's.  AD was named to the Big 12 team once again.  Peterson gained another 935 yards this season while missing seven games with a broken collarbone.  He found paydirt no less than ten times in just six games. 

 

Peterson heads into the Fiesta Bowl needing just 151 yards to become the top rusher in Sooner history.  He's racked up 3,968 yards and scored 39 rushing touchdowns in his career.  It is widely thought that he will leave the school early for the National Football League, foregoing his senior season.

 

How does a defense contain an amazing talent like Peterson?  Arm tackling?  Get outta' here.  Hoping your secondary can catch him?  Not a chance.  It takes a swarming defense playing close to the line of scrimmage to limit his yards because once he gets past the line, Adrian Peterson is like a speeding locomotive.  When he's healthy, very few teams have been able to hold him to less than 100 yards as the game-by game synopsis of Peterson's Oklahoma career shows.

 

 

2004:

9/4 vs. Bowling Green—Peterson carried just 16 times for 100 yards and a touchdown in a hard-fought 40-24 win for the Sooners.

9/11 vs. Houston—AD carried 25 times for 117 yards and two scores as Oklahoma blasted Houston 63-13.

9/18 vs. Oregon—Peterson gained 183 yards and two TD's on 24 carries as OU downed Oregon 31-7.

10/1 vs. Texas Tech—Peterson gained 146 yards and scored a touchdown as OU defeated Tech 28-18.

10/9 vs. Texas—Peterson carried 32 times for 225 yards in a 12-0 blanking of the Longhorns.

10/16 at Kansas State—Workhorse Peterson carried the ball 36 times for 130 yards as Oklahoma got by Kansas State 31-21.

10/23 vs. Kansas—Peterson carried 22 times for 122 yards and a touchdown as OU embarrassed the Jayhawks 41-10.

10/30 at Oklahoma State—Peterson's 249 yards rushing (33 carries) helped the Sooners win a squeaker over Oklahoma State 38-35.

11/6 at Texas A & M—AD once again went over the century mark (29 carries for 101 yards) as OU survived against A & M 42-35.

11/13 vs. Nebraska—Peterson gained 58 yards on 15 carries as OU whipped the Cornhuskers 30-3.

11/20 at Baylor—The fantastic freshman gained 240 yards and scored three TD's in a 35-0 whitewashing of Baylor.

12/4 vs. Colorado in the Big 12 Championship—Three more touchdowns for AD as he gained 172 yards on 28 carries in the 42-3 dismantling of Colorado.

1/4 vs. USC in the National Championship Game—Peterson gained 82 yards on 25 carries against the #1-ranked Trojans in a 55-19 loss.

 

2005:

9/3 vs. TCU—In the season opener, Peterson carried 22 times for 63 yards in a shocking 17-10 loss to the Horned Frogs.

9/10 vs. Tulsa—Peterson amassed 220 yards on 32 carries and scored three times as Oklahoma turned back Tulsa 31-15.

9/17 at UCLA—Peterson ran for 58 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries as the Sooners lost to the Bruins 41-24.

10/1 vs. Kansas State—AD was injured and gained 51 yards on eight carries as Oklahoma defeated K State 43-21.

10/8 vs. Texas—In the Red River battle, Peterson tried to play but carried just three times for ten yards as OU lost to Texas 45-12.

10/15 vs. Kansas—Peterson carried five times for a minus four yards, but the Sooners put away the Jayhawks 19-3.

10/22 vs. Baylor—Peterson did not play against the Bears but OU prevailed 37-30.

10/29 at Nebraska—A healthy AD piled up 146 yards and two scores on 24 carries as Oklahoma nipped Nebraska 31-24.

11/12 vs. Texas A & M—Peterson carried 27 times for 135 yards and two TD's as the Sooners survived against A & M, 36-30.

11/19 at Texas Tech—Peterson gained over 100 yards (29 for 108) but OU fell to the Red Raiders 23-21.

11/26 vs. Oklahoma State—Against their in-state rival, Peterson gained 237 yards on 24 carries and scored twice.

12/29 vs. Oregon in the Holiday Bowl—Peterson gained 80 yards on 24 carries as Oklahoma defeated the Ducks 17-147.

 

2006:

9/2 vs. UAB—Peterson carried 24 times for 139 yards and a touchdown, leading the Sooners to a 24-17 win.

9/9 vs. Washington—In a close game, Peterson was a workhorse for OU, toting the ball 32 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns as Oklahoma finally broke away for a 37-20 win.

9/16 at Oregon—In Peterson's only 2006 game away from the south, he ran for 211 yards on 34 carries (6.2 yard average) and one touchdown against the Ducks.  Thanks to a official's blown call, Oregon prevailed 34-33.

9/23 vs. Middle Tennessee State—Peterson ran for 128 yards and 3 touchdowns on 27 carries.

10/7 vs. Texas—In the Big 12 showdown against Texas, Peterson ran for 109 yards and a touchdown in the 28-10 loss.

10/14 vs. Iowa State—Peterson ran for 183 yards and two touchdowns as OU put away Iowa State 34-9.

 

 

 


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