NORMAN, Okla. — Next week's showdown with Texas might have been on Oklahoma's mind, but that didn't stop the second-ranked Sooners from taking care of business against Texas Tech.
Jason White threw three touchdown passes, Adrian Peterson ran wild again, and the defense toughened up when they had to in a 28-13 win over the Red Raiders Saturday in Norman.
"Overall, it was pretty good," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. "They worked the ball a little bit, but we kept them out of the end zone on defense and forced some turnovers. We missed on a few opportunities, but overall we ran the ball well. Special teams were good and solid. It was a good win and I'm pleased with it. "
White, who was 15-for- 24 for 151 yards, made history when his second touchdown pass in the third quarter pushed him past Josh Heupel on the all-time Oklahoma list at 54.
"It's a great honor just to be a part of the tradition like the University of Oklahoma, but Heupel still has something that I want and that's what we're shooting for," said White.
Freshman running back Adrian Peterson's made his first career start as a Sooner and didn't disappoint. The Palestine, Texas native carried the ball 22 times for 146 yards.
Peterson set the tone for a ground-oriented Oklahoma offense on Saturday with a 61-yard run that carried the ball inside the Texas Tech 10-yard line on the Sooners' second possession that. Three plays later, Peterson bounced off three Tech defenders for a 1-yard touchdown run to gave Oklahoma a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
The Sooners pinned the Raiders on the 1-yard line with a Blake Ferguson punt on their next possession, but Tech went on a seven minute 16-play, 83-yard drive which resulted in a 32-yard field goal to cut OU's lead to 7-3.
Oklahoma responded with an 11-play, 73-yard drive of their own on the next possession when Jason White found Travis Wilson in the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown pass that put the Sooners up 14-3 at halftime.
The Red Raiders came out in the second half and added another field goal, this time a 20-yarder at the 5:19 mark to cut the lead to 14-6.
But the Sooners came back again on the very next drive, and White broke Heupel's record and pushed the lead to 21-6 with a 13-yard touchdown pass to J.D. Runnels with 4:38 to go in the third quarter.
White then capped an 85-yard drive early in the fourth quarter with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Wilson that gave the Sooners' their largest lead of the day at 28-6. Wilson led the Sooners with four catches for 64 yards.
Texas Tech would tack on their only touchdown of the game on a 10-play, 80-yard drive with 4:50 to go in the game, but the Sooners successfully recovered the Red Raiders' onside kick and then ran out the clock to end the game.
The Red Raiders finished with 425 yards of total offense, but were held held 25 points below their season average as the Sooner defense forced one fumble, picked off three Sonny Cumbie passes and batted down several others at the line.
"We still could play better, and I think that is what we see as coaches," Stoops said on the Sooners bend-but-don't-break defense. "Sometimes, it is frustrating. We're not as efficient as we should be. We've got some players who are making mistakes on their assignments and that can't continue to happen."
"We moved the ball all day, but with (OU), your margin of error is narrow," said Red Raider Head Coach Mike Leach. "The key was to stop them quickly so they couldn't use the clock. Then we needed to score quickly. We tried hard, but we didn't get those things done."
Offensively, the Sooners continued to work on the running game. Overall, Oklahoma ran the ball 40 times and only threw threw it on 24 plays. Redshirt freshman Tashard Choice saw his first action as a Sooner behind Peterson and finished with 71 yards on 16 carries.
"They're both young backs and stepped up and did a great job today," said White on Peterson and Choice. "Peterson played great when he was in there and Choice really stepped up when he went in there."
"This was been a stepping stone for our offense," White continued. "We really emphasized the run game throughout the spring summer and first four games of the fall. It's great to know we can run the ball with that many people in the box."
Up next for the Sooners is the Red River Shootout in Dallas against Texas. The Longhorns improved to 4-0 with a 44-14 win over Baylor on Saturday.
"It's going to be a great time for both of us," said defensive back Brandon Shelby, who made nine tackles tackles and picked off a pass against Tech. "It's going to be a great environment down there. It's what college football is made of and we will definitely be there next week."
RUSHING: Texas Tech-Henderson, T. 17-65; Mack, Johnnie 1-8; Filani, Joel 1-0; Glover, N. 1-0; Cumbie, Sonny 4-minus 17. Oklahoma - Peterson, Adria 22-146; Choice, Tashard 16-71; White, Jason 2-4.
PASSING: Texas Tech-Cumbie, Sonny 36-55-3-369. Oklahoma - White, Jason 15-24-0-151.
RECEIVING: Texas Tech-Glover, N. 9-62; Hicks, Jarrett 6-74; Haverty, Trey 5-98; Fuller, Cody 4-44; Henderson, T. 4-10; Olomua, Bristol 3-47; Filani, Joel 2-13; Amendola, Danny 1-13; Bishop, Brian 1-7; Mack, Johnnie 1-1. Oklahoma - Wilson, Travis 4-64; Clayton, Mark 4-33; Runnels, J.D. 3-21; Jones, Brandon 2-24; Peoples, Will 1-5; Moses, James 1-4.
SACKS (UA-A): Texas Tech-None. Oklahoma - Jackson, Jonath 1-0; Perkins, Antoni 1-0; Shelby, Brandon 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Texas Tech-Smith, Mike 9-2; Naziruddin, K. 5-3; Meeks, Vincent 4-0; Session, F. 4-0; Huffman, A. 4-0; Slaughter, B. 4-0;
Nitschmann, S. 3-1; Woods, Geremy 2-2; Johnson, Chad 2-1; Slay, Dwayne 2-1; Rangel, Josh 2-0; Hudler, Chris 1-1; Brinkley, S. 1-1; Bake, Dek 0-2; Dawson, Keyunta 1-0; M.-Mwamba, P. 1-0; Mack, Johnnie 1-0; McGuire, Clay 1-0; Fuller, Cody 1-0; Scott, Ken 0-1; Hill, Chad 0-1. Oklahoma - Pool, Brodney 10-3; Shelby, Brandon 5-4; Nicholson, Donte 6-1; Jackson, Jonathan 5-1; Perkins, Antonio 5-0; Birdine, Larry 4-1; Bassey, Eric 3-2; Cody, Dan 1-3; Alexander, Rufus 3-0; Mitchell, Lance 1-1; McGruder, Lynn 0-2; Ingram, Clint 1-0; Dennison, Russell 1-0; Onyenegecha, Chijioke 1-0; Bradley, Mark 1-0.
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