Bomar, Sooners run past Wildcats 43-21

Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar runs past Kansas State's Brandon Archer during the Sooners' 43-21 win over the Wildcats Saturday in Norman. Bomar ran for one score, threw for another, and led the Sooners' rushing attack in the absence of Adrian Peterson with 67 rushing yards. (AP Photo/Ty Russell)

Norman, Okla. — No Adrian Peterson? No problem.

With their sophomore star on the sideline from the second quarter on with an ankle injury, Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar and company picked up the slack on the ground while the defense shut down Kansas State's vaunted rushing attack in a 43-21 win Saturday in Norman to improve to 1-0 in Big 12 play.

"It was a good win and it is really great to get started in Big 12 Conference play," said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, who improved to 5-1 against the Wildcats. "I thought we made good progress from last week and this week I thought we grew as a team.

Prior to his injury, Peterson had rushed for 51 yards on eight carries and had helped the Sooners take a 7-0 lead with a 22-yard touchdown scamper at the 5:29 mark of the first quarter. However, Bomar, Jacob Gutierrez, Donta Hickson and Kejuan Jones helped OU's rushing attack churn out 182 yards on the ground on their own and put 31 points on the board after Peterson's departure.

Oklahoma extended the lead to 9-0 on a safety when Kansas State lined up to punt, but snapped the ball out of the end zone with no punter to catch the ball.

The Sooners would add a 29-yard field goal by Garrett Hartley to push the lead to 12-0 with 9:55 to go in the first half, and would later extend the lead to 19-0 when Kejuan Jones' 3-yard touchdown run with 1:36 left in the second quarter capped a 9-play, 73-yard drive.

True freshman safety Reggie Smith's interception on the first drive second half set up a 3-play, 31-yard drive, which was ended by an 8-yard touchdown run by Bomar to push the lead to 26-0 with 12:31 to go in the first quarter, and the rout was on.

Bomar, who led the Sooner rushing attack with 67 yards on eight carries, completed 11 of his 22 passes for 139 yards, including the first touchdown pass of his career to tight end Joe Jon Finley to give Oklahoma a 40-15 lead with 13:23 to go in the game. And his 42-yard run in the third quarter, was the longest by an Oklahoma quarterback since Paul Thompson's 50-yard run against Fresno State in 2003.

Speaking of Thompson, the quarterback turned receiver was impressive in his debut catching wo passes for 21 yards. Travis Wilson led the Sooner receivers with five catches for 68 yards.

Even more impressive than the Oklahoma offense without Peterson was the play of the defense. In all, the Sooners sacked KSU quarterback Allen Webb six times and held the Wildcats to just 248 yards of total offense and 22 rushing yards on 32 carries. Coming into Saturday's game, the Wildcats were averaging 466 yards of total offense and 253 yards on the ground.

"That's one thing we want to do with every team we play," said junior linebacker Rufus Alexander on stopping Kansas State's running attack. "We want to make them one-dimensional. We came out there and stopped their run. They had a really good running back and quarterback who make a lot of good plays on their feet. We focused on that this week, and we went out there and executed."

"They played well," said KSU head coach Bill Snyder on Oklahoma's defense. "You can't deny that. They've got a good defensive football team. They've been good against the run. We shot ourselves in the foot an awful lot as well. We couldn't run either way."

Overall, Stoops was pleased with the win going into next weekend's Red River Showdown against second-ranked Texas.

"I feel like we have made some good progress," Stoops said. "I like the fact that the players feel it and have some life in them. They are excited and realize that this is a big week and a huge game in the Big 12 South. We feel good and will work hard this week.

"We have a great opportunity to go down and win. That is what we are always shooting for and we will be ready to go after it. We respect them and know that they are an excellent football team. We feel like we are making great strides, too, and traditionally have matched up well with them."

Game Notes
With his two touchdown runs, senior running back Kejuan Jones moved into a tie on the OU all-time touchdown chart with Steve Davis with 34...Senior receiver Travis Wilson moved into the No. 10 spot on the all-time receptions list with 93...The Sooners improved to 198-0 when scoring 40 points or higher since 1937...Kansas State running back Thomas Clayton, who led the Big 12 in rushing with a 164.5 yard per game average prior to Saturday's loss, finished with just eight rushing yards on 12 carries.

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