White-Smith combo leads Sooners past Jayhawks

Oklahoma receiver Trent Smith (88) has the ball stripped by Kansas defender Matt Jordan (23) during the first half Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, in Lawrence, Kan. Smith went on to catch a school record three touchdown passes. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The streak continues.

Sophomore quarterback Jason White came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes and rush for over 100 yards as No. 3 Oklahoma extended the nation's longest winning-streak to 19 games with a 38-10 win over Kansas Saturday in Lawrence.

White, who replaced junior quarterback Nate Hybl late in the first quarter, wasted no time making his presence felt directing the Sooners' offense to three scoring drives in the first and second quarters to break the game open.

After the Jayhawks took an early 3-0 lead on a 37-yard field goal midway through the first quarter, White and the Sooners took advantage of outstanding field position and tied the game on Tim Duncan's 38-yard field goal with 1:08 to go in the first quarter.

White then got the OU offense rolling in the second half with his scrambling and newfound combination with junior tight end Trent Smith.

The sophomore from Tuttle connected with Smith for two touchdown passes (2, 12) in the second quarter on back-to-back drives to give Oklahoma a 17-3 lead heading into the half.

White and Smith then picked up where they left off in the second quarter hooking up for a 9-yard TD connection in the third quarter and a fourth touchdown pass for Smith (most ever by an OU receiver) at the 9:27 mark of the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma a 31-3 lead.

"Trent did a great job," said White. " It was nice. All I had to do was throw the ball up there and he would grab it every time."

Smith, who had just 12 catches for 93 yards and one touchdown in Oklahoma's first six games this season, almost matched his reception and yards receiving totals against Kansas catching 11 passes for 70 yards.

"I like the way Jason plays," said Smith returning the complement. "He was relaxed and real easy to play with. He got me the ball every time and that made it easy for me."

White finished the day 18-of-29 through the air for 151 yards and four touchdown passes and two interceptions. White was also deadly on the ground scrambling out of the pocket and called running plays carrying the ball 12 times for 117 yards.

Sophomore running back Renaldo Works replaced a banged-up Quentin Griffin in the second half and was also impressive carrying the ball 14 times for 81 yards and catching three passes for 31 yards.

Works also scored the Sooners' final touchdown of the game midway through the fourth quarter taking a hand-off from White and darting up the middle for a 9-yard touchdown run.

"It was a great opportunity for me, said White of getting a shot to play for the second consecutive game. "I just had to step in and start playing."

"The offensive line helped me out and made everything a lot easier for me. I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable with the number one team.

Oklahoma's defense was dominant again. Despite giving up a field goal on the Jayhawks second drive of the game and a late 77-yard touchdown pass late in the game against the second team, the Sooners' defense shut down KU's offense and and athletic quarterback Mario Kinsey.

The Sooner defense forced three turnovers and shutdown the Kansas offense, holding them to only 223 yards of total offense and pinning the Jayhawks offense inside the 10-yard line on several occasions allowing the OU offense to start inside Kansas territory on six times.

"I was really pleased with our effort tonight. Our team was prepared," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops.

"People were worried about our team letting own and overlooking, but our players were prepared to play and executed well defensively. Anytime you score 38 points you've done some really good things."

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