AMES, Iowa — Jason White's comeback story just keeps getting better and better.
Days after the University announced they would send out promotional postcards of White to Heisman Trophy voters, the senior quarterback delivered a Heisman-like performance in the Sooners' 53-7 win over Iowa State on Saturday in Ames.
In all, White completed 26-of-34 passes and set career-highs with five touchdown passes and 384 passing yards.
"I give a lot of credit to the offensive line," said White, whose five touchdown passes tied the school record. "I didn't get touched once. I'm the luckiest player in America because of the nine players surrounding me and doing their jobs."
"Jason White was exceptional tonight," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. "He is playing at an incredible level right now."
And that level has many among the national media moving White up their Heisman watch lists.
"Jason's numbers are better right now than others, that should count for something," said Stoops on White's chances to win the Heisman. "He's such a hard worker. I know Jason and the thing he's excited about is the way our team is playing. He's worked for this and he's playing in a great way."
Trey DiCarlo gave the Sooners an early 3-0 with a 32-yard field goal at the 8:27 mark of the first quarter, and it was the Jason White show from there on out.
White, who threw three of his five TD passes in the second period, hit JeJuan Rankins for a 15-yard strike at the 9:53 mark of the second quarter, and then came back and found Mark Bradley for a 39-yard strike at the 4:33 mark. White then hooked up with Mark Clayton for a 24-yard connection with 28 seconds left in the half to put the Sooners up 22-0 at halftime.
White came out gunning early in the second half when he found Will Peoples down the sideline for a 45-yard catch and run for a score. DiCarlo would later hit his second field goal of the game — this time a 22-yarder to push the lead to 32-0 with 3:18 to go in the third quarter.
White then went back to work on his last drive of the game and found Clayton in the back of the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown strike. Clayton led the Sooners receivers with seven catches for 90 yards.
Sophomore Paul Thompson relieved White midway through the fourth quarter, but it was a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown off of the sophomore QB that ended the Sooners' shutout hopes and cut the score to 39-7 with 10:48 to play.
And then on the ensuing kick-off, junior receiver Mark Bradley found the end zone for the second time of the day with a 100-yard return for a touchdown.
Thompson would bounce back on the Sooners' last drive, leading the Oklahoma offense on a scoring drive that was capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by sophomore Donta Hickson.
Overall, the Oklahoma offense racked up 613 yards of total offense, while the defense continued its dominating ways on the other side of the ball. The Oklahoma defense held Iowa State to just 226 yards of total offense, forced six sacks and picked off Cyclone quarterback Austin Flynn twice.
Up next for the Sooners is a date at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas with Texas. Stoops says his team is heading in the right direction going into Saturday's showdown.
"We are probably peaking here at the right moment, especially where we are at in Big 12 play," said Stoops. "We are looking forward to a hard week of practice to get ready for Texas next week."
OU-ISU Box Score
Oklahoma, Works 19-95, K. Jones 11-64, Hickson 5-22, Thompson 4-16, Clayton 1-3, team 1-(minus 1). Iowa State, Flynn 19-49, Wagner 8-26, Hicks 3-16, Danielsen 1-(minus 3).
Oklahoma, White 26-34-0-384, Thompson 3-5-1-30. Iowa State, Flynn 6-17-2-88, Love 3-8-0-19, Wagner 1-1-0-39.
Oklahoma, Clayton 7-93, Peoples 5-80, Rankins 3-45, Wilson 3-42, Bradley 2-48, Works 2-32, B. Jones 2-15, K. Jones 1-21, Hickson 1-12, Donley 1-11, Townsend 1-9, Runnels 1-6. Iowa State, Young 2-48, Danielsen 2-45, Whitver 2-29, Banks-Bursey 2-13, Miller 1-6, Montgomery 1-5.
White shows all the right moves in win 53-7 win
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