White goes out in style in home finale

Jason White scrambles under pressure from Nebraska defender LeKevin Smith in the second quarter of Oklahoma's 30-3 win over Nebraska Saturday in Norman. White broke a school record with 18 consecutive completions en route to his 376-yard, three touchdown pass performance. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN — Jason White may have not saved his best for his last, but he was pretty close to it.

White, one of 23 seniors playing in their final home game at Owen Field, threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns as No. 2 Oklahoma (10-0) clinched the Big 12 South Championship with a 30-3 win over Nebraska (5-5) Saturday night in Norman.

"Jason was unbelievable once again," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. "He continues to amaze you in what he is able to do. The ball is a little bit slippery and the grass is wet and people take it for granted that he's in there executing in a great way."

"Their quarterback was phenomenal," said Nebraska Head Coach Bill Callahan on White's performance. "He throws with a lot of precision. He's special in every sense. If you give this guy time, he's going to pick you apart."

The senior from Tuttle, Okla. completed 29 of his 34 pass attempts and broke his own school record with 18 straight completions spanning from his first pass in the second quarter to his first pass in the fourth quarter. White had previously set the school record at 16 last season when he completed his last two passes against Oklahoma State and his first 14 passes against Texas A&M.

"Tonight meant a lot to me," said White, whose 29 completions was the second-highest of his career. "Last week was a tough week with my grandfather passing away. Knowing that he was watching down on me and knowing that I was going to be with my family was pretty emotional."

White led Oklahoma down the field on the games' opening drive and Trey DiCarlo put the Sooners on the board first with a 32-yard field goal with just over eight minutes to go in the first quarter. That would be Oklahoma's only score of the first quarter, but White and the Sooners went to work and blew the game up with a 20-point second quarter.

White hit tight end Willie Roberts for a 13-yard score with 10:55 to go in the half to put OU up 9-0. Kejuan Jones then capped a 2-play, 31-yard drive, which was started by a Gayron Allen interception, with a two-yard touchdown run at the 8:03 mark. White then led a 9-play, 83-yard drive which ended with a four-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones in the middle of the end zone to give Oklahoma a 23-0 lead at halftime.

The Sooners got started early in the second half needing only five plays to go 79 yards and take a 30-0 lead when White hit Mark Bradley on a quick screen pas for a 23-yard touchdown pass.

That score would be all the Sooners would need as the defense held the Cornhuskers sscoreless until a 39-yard field goal by David Dyches on the last play of the game prevented the shutout. In all, the Oklahoma defense held the Huskers to 98 yards under their season total and 25 points under their scoring average. The 'Huskers finished with 274 yards of total offense

One sour note — freshman running back Adrian Peterson's streak of consecutive 100-yard games came to an end tonight. Peterson, who injured his shoulder last week against Texas A&M and did not start against Nebraska, finished with 58 yards on 15 carries. Junior Kejuan Jones started in place of Peterson and finished with 48 yards on 14 carries and three catches for 40 yards.

Sophomore Travis Wilson led Oklahoma's receivers with career-highs in catches (6) and receiving yards (135).

Overall, Stoops was pleased with the win, which clinched his Sooners a berth in the Big 12 Championship game for the fourth time in his six years at Oklahoma.

"It's exciting," Stoops said on clinching the Big 12 South Championship. "It was our primary goal and it is important to our players and staff. To be in this position is pleasing. I feel great about the team and the way we are playing right now."

"It's just a big win for our seniors and there's nothing quite like it — our last home game and we won the Big 12 South too," said White. "It's a great achievement for our seniors."

Oklahoma will finish the regular season next weekend against Baylor in Waco, Texas. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.

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