Sooners survive scare in Stillwater

Running back Adrian Peterson broke Oklahoma's freshman rushing record, while running for a career-high 249 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, in the Sooners' 38-35 win over the Cowboys Saturday in Norman. Peterson also tied the NCAA record for consecutive 100-yard games by a freshman at eight. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

STILLWATER, Okla. — Halloween isn't officially until Sunday, but that didn't stop No. 2 Oklahoma from getting a scare and giving No. 20 Oklahoma State several treats on Saturday.

The Sooners, who led by as many as 14 points twice in the second half, escaped with a 38-35 win as Oklahoma State kicker Jason Ricks' 49-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left with 11 seconds to go in the game.

Jason White, who finished the day with 221 passing yards, helped put the Sooners on the board first when he hit Mark Bradley, for the first of three touchdown hook-ups between the two, in the corner of the end zone on a four-yard touchdown pass to give Oklahoma a 7-0 lead with 3:23 to go in the first quarter. However, that's when the Sooners started giving away points to the Cowboys like a soccer mom gives candy to trick-or-treaters.

Mark Clayton's muffed punt in the second quarter would lead to a two-play, 14-yard drive capped by a Donovan Woods 3-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. And on the Sooners next drive, punter Blake Ferguson's botched snap was recovered in the end zone by Grant Jones, which gave the Cowboys a 14-7 lead with 6:21 left in the second quarter.

The Oklahoma offense would storm back on their next drive when White hit Bradley on a crossing route over the middle, which the senior turned upfield down the sideline and raced 72-yards to tie the game at 14-14 with four minutes left in the half. White then found Bradley on the Sooners' last drive of the first half for a 23-yard touchdown connection to give Oklahoma the lead, 21-14, with 46 seconds to go in the half. Bradley finished with a career-high 128 receiving yards.

Clayton would later redeem himself for his botched punt return in the first half with a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown that gave the Sooners a 28-14 lead with 10:45 to go in the third quarter.

However, every time Oklahoma would score in the second half, the Cowboys responded. After Clayton's return, Woods led the Cowboys on a four-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 39-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Prentiss Elliot.

But then it was time for Adrian Peterson to take over. On the next drive, Peterson took a hand-off from White on the first play, hit the line, spun free and raced 80-yards for a touchdown to push the Sooners lead back to 14 points with 8:33 to go in the third quarter.

The Cowboys fought back on the very next drive and cut the lead back to seven nearly six minutes later when Vernand Morency finished a 10-play, 87-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run at the 2:53 mark of the third quarter.

A holding call on the ensuing kick-off pinned Oklahoma deep in Cowboy territory, but the Sooners called Peterson's number and the Palestine, Texas native dug OU out of another hole with a with 50-yard run just past mid-field. The run kick-started a drive that eventually led to a 27-yard Trey DiCarlo field goal that gave OU a 38-28 lead with 13:32 to go in the game.

But once again, the Cowboys came right back down the field and cut OU's lead to 38-35 on a four-yard touchdown run by Vernand Morency.

Oklahoma would fail to score on their next two drives and punted to the Cowboys, who called for a fair catch on the 20-yard line with with just under three minutes to play in the game. Oklahoma State drove the ball down to the Oklahoma 32-yard line with 14 seconds left, but Ricks missed a 49-yard field goal that would have pushed the game into overtime.

Peterson, who reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the eighth straight game, outdueled Oklahoma State running back Vernand Morency with a career-high 249 yards on 33 carries. Peterson also now holds the freshman all-time rushing yardage mark at Oklahoma and tied the NCAA record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games as a frshman. Morency carried the ball 17 times for 93 yards.

With the win the Sooners improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Big 12 play. The Cowboys fall to 3-2 in conference play and 6-2 overall.

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