Kansas can't stop Peterson, White

Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson breaks a tackle in the fourth quarter of the Sooners' 41-10 win over Kansas. Peterson, who needed 99 yards to tie Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk as the quickest freshmen to gain 1,000 yards, gained 126 yards on 22 carries. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. — It was a bad case of 'pick your poison' for the Kansas defense against second-ranked Oklahoma Saturday in Norman.

The Jayhawks had the tough chore of deciding whether or not to stop Heisman Trophy candidate Adrian Peterson and the running game, or 2003 Heisman Trophy Winner Jason White and the passing game. Unfortunately, Kansas got doses of both.

White threw four touchdown passes, Peterson made history while reaching the century mark for the seventh-straight game, and the defense forced three turnovers as the Sooners scored 27 unanswered second half points in a 41-10 rout of Kansas.

"I think we really came out in the second half, just a little more zeroed in," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. "We weren't far off in the first half. Defensively, we had one bad play the whole half. Offensively, we had a bunch of yards at halftime, we just didn't convert it into points. We settled into the second half and made some big plays and completed drives. The defense continued to play well."

Peterson, who needed 99 yards to tie Marshall Faulk and Emmitt Smith as the quickest freshmen running back to reach the 1000-yard mark, did just that late in the fourth quarter. In all, the Palestine, Texas native finished with 122 yards on 22 carries.

The Jayhawks' plan to stop Peterson paid off early, as they shut the Sooners out in the first quarter. But it didn't take long for White to get it going through the air.

White hooked up with Mark Clayton for the first of his four touchdown passes early in the second quarter for a 61-yard touchdown pass that gave the Sooners a 7-0 lead. Clayton led the Sooner receivers with five catches for 122 yards.

The Jayhawks, however, responded on their next possession when Adam Barmann hit Brandon Rideau just past the outstretched arms of Brodney Pool for a 78-yard strike that tied the game with 13:31 to go.

Two drives later White went deep again, this time finding Travis Wilson over the middle for a 41-yard touchdown pass to give the Sooners a 14-7 lead with 3:26 to go in the half.

The Jayhawks cut to the lead to 14-10 after a botched punt attempt by Blake Ferguson resulted in a 43-yard Johnny Beck field goal on the last play of the first half.

However, that would be close as Kansas would get as Oklahoma outscored the Jayhawks 27-0 in the second half.

White hit Brandon Jones on a 69-yard play-action pass for a touchdown on the Sooners' first possession of the half. Later in the quarter, Jonathan Jackson forced a fumble which was picked up by Lance Mitchell and returned 28-yards for a touchdown to push the lead to 28-10.

Peterson scored on an 11-yard touchdown run with 9:25 to go in the fourth quarter to give Oklahoma a 35-10 lead, and White capped the scoring with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradley with 35 seconds left in the game.

In all, White completed 27 of his 44 pass attempts for 389 yards.

"It feels good," said White on the win. "They played the run the first half and tried to play the pass the second half. We still have room to improve in both areas. When it all comes together, it's going to be real good.

"I'm happy with whatever we're doing to put points on the board and winning in the end," White continued. "I don't care if I throw it two times or 20. It doesn't matter to me." "

"He's been great all year," said receiver Brandon Jones, who finished with four catches for 78 yards. "He was right on the money today, but he's been like that all year. He just actually had the chance today. When you have Adrian Peterson back there running the ball, you don't have as many chances. Jason finally had the chances today."

The Oklahoma offense finished with 507 yards of total offense, while the defense held KU to just 256 yards.

"Except for one play, the rest of the day we played well," said Stoops. "There were a lot of big plays. Outside of that one play, I really liked the way we played defensively. Virtually no running game allowed. The front four has been playing really well, especially in the last three games."

"They're one of the best teams in America – if not the best," said Kansas Head Coach Mark Mangino. "They did a good job of finding some weaknesses and making big plays."


RUSHING: Kansas-Randle, John 11-35; Nwabuisi, Austi 3-16; Green, Clark 4-11; Swanson, Jason 6-10; Cornish, Jon 1-0; Barmann, Adam 7-0; Simmons, Mark 2-0. Oklahoma-Peterson, Adrian 22-122; Jones, Kejuan 7-14; White, Jason 2-minus 18.

PASSING: Kansas-Barmann, Adam 12-22-2-160; Swanson, Jason 5-13-0-24. Oklahoma-White, Jason 27-44-0-389.

RECEIVING: Kansas-Rideau, Brandon 4-96; Green, Clark 3-13; Anderson, Lyone 3-12; Simmons, Mark 2-37; Randle, John 2-13; Henry, Marcus 2-8; Heaggans, Gary 1-5. Oklahoma-Clayton, Mark 5-112; Wilson, Travis 5-81; Jones, Brandon 4-78; Peoples, Will 4-42; Moses, James 3-21; Rankins, Jejuan 2-21; Bradley, Mark 2-21; Runnels, J.D. 1-8; Jones, Kejuan 1-5.

SACKS (UA-A): Kansas-McMillan, David 2-0. Oklahoma-Cody, Dan 2-0; Jackson, Jonath 1-0; Ingram, Clint 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Kansas-Reid, Nick 6-5; Gordon, Charles 4-5; Floodman, Banks 3-4; Harris, Rodney 2-5; Kane, Kevin 0-7; Amadi, Ronnie 5-1; Toomey, Gabriel 2-4; Stubbs, Tony 1-4; McMillan, David 2-1; McCracken, Clar 0-3; Tyree, Greg 2-0; Baines, Theo 2-0; Fine, Derek 2-0; Fowler, Rodney 1-1; Allen, Tim 1-0; Haselhorst, Tod 1-0; Ashley, Jermial 1-0; Thompson, Matt 1-0; Hicks, Marcus 1-0; Rodriquez, Cesa 1-0; Watkins, Travis 0-1; Perkins, Brando 0-1; Simmons, Mark 0-1. Oklahoma-Mitchell, Lance 8-3; Pool, Brodney 4-3; Cody, Dan 3-3; Nicholson, Donte 4-1; Bassey, Eric 3-2; Birdine, Larry 4-0; Ingram, Clint 2-2; Alexander, Rufus 2-2; Shelby, Brandon 2-1; Onyenegecha, Ch 2-0; Dampeer, Lawrence 2-0; Jackson, Jonath 1-1; Dennison, Russell 1-1; McGruder, Lynn 0-2; Wolfe, D.J. 1-0; Coleman, Steven 1-0; Moses, James 1-0; Stephens, Darren 1-0.

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