Bomar, Sooners hang on for a win over A&M

Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar runs past Texas A&M defender Brock Newton during the Sooners' 36-30 win over the Aggies Saturday in Norman. Bomars' 326 all-purpose yards against the Aggies set a freshman school record. (AP Photo/Ty Russell)

Norman, Okla. — The saying 'it wasn't pretty but a win is a win' may be getting old in these postgame recaps this season, but there's no better way to describe Oklahoma's 36-30 win over Texas A&M in front of a record crowd (84,943) Saturday in Norman.

In the end it is a win, and one that makes the Sooners bowl-eligible for the seventh straight season under head coach Bob Stoops.

In the beginning, it actually was pretty as the Sooners racked up 278 yards of total offense and and 28-7 the first quarter.

But then things turned ugly and the Sooners needed an 80-yard scoring drive early in the fourth quarter and a key third and 12 conversion by Rhett Bomar with two minutes left to pick up a first down and prevent the Aggies from getting the ball with a chance to win.

"It is good to get a win and be at six wins," said Stoops, who improved to 6-1 agaist Texas A&M. "I felt like we could have played better obviously in some areas, but still to get a win is good."

"We did come out and play really well. Offensively, and really defensively to start the game, we played well. I wish we could have continued it a little longer and kept it a little better. But we still got off to a strong lead and were able to do what we needed to do in order to win the football game."

Bomar, who threw an interception and fumbled another snap that led to 10 A&M points in the second half, was clutch when he needed to be hitting freshman Juaquin Iglesias on third and 12 late in the game to help preserve the win.

"I told Rhett to get the best pass and for the line to protect him," said Stoops. "I said throw the ball down field and fortunately coach Long made a great call. Juaquin separated himself, Rhett stuck it right on his chest and the protection was there. It was well executed and really iced the game."

The Grand Prairie, Texas native also threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Travis Wilson on third and goal to push OU's lead to 36-24 with 11:09 to go in the game. He also ran for a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that put OU up 21-0.

Overall, Bomar completed 20 of his 28 pass attempts and finsihed with a career-high 298 passing. And his 326 all-purpose yards set a new freshman record at Oklahoma. The previous mark was set by Jamelle Holieway against Missouri in 1985.

Freshman receiver Malcolm Kelly also set a career-high for himself with 118 receiving yards. Kelly also became just the fourth freshman receiver in Oklahoma history to reach the century mark in a single game, and his receiving yardage total was the second-highest ever for a freshman at OU.

Sophomore running back Adrian Peterson scored two first quarter touchdowns and eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second straight game and 14th time of his career with 135 yards on 27 carries.

In all, the Sooners finished with 509 yards of total offense, which was their best total of the season.

Perhaps the lone bright spot for Oklahoma's defense, who gave up a season-high 298 rushing yards, was the play of senior defensive end Calvin Thibodeaux.

Thibodeaux became just the 15th player in Oklahoma history to record three sacks, the last of which forced A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal to fumble in the end zone and give OU a 30-17 lead with 8:14 to go in the third quarter.

The Sooners will now take their four-game winning streak to Lubbock for a Big 12 South showdown against Texas Tech next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.

Scoring Summary:

First Quarter
--13:11 OU - Peterson, Adrian 10 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick), 6-70 1:49, TA 0 - OU 7
-- 10:11 OU - Peterson, Adrian 6 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick), 5-68 1:32, TA 0 - OU 14
--06:28 OU - Bomar, Rhett 15 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick), 8-81 2:53, TA 0 - OU 21
--01:56 TA - Bennett, Martellus 12 yd pass from McNeal, Reggie (Pegram, Todd kick), 2-15 0:41, TA 7 - OU 21
--00:00 OU - Patrick, Allen 28 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick), 5-63 1:43, TA 7 - OU 28

Second Quarter
--06:55 TA - Lewis, Courtney 5 yd pass from McNeal, Reggie (Pegram, Todd kick), 7-71 2:12, TA 14 - OU 28

Third Quarter
--10:02 TA - Pegram, Todd 42 yd field goal, 9-56 1:57, TA 17 - OU 28
--08:14 OU - TEAM safety, , TA 17 - OU 30
--00:33 TA - Lane, Jorvorsk. 1 yd run (Pegram, Todd kick), 4-38 0:24, TA 24 - OU 30

Fourth Quarter
--11:09 OU - Wilson, Travis 8 yd pass from Bomar, Rhett (Bomar, Rhett pass failed), 10-80 4:24, TA 24 - OU 36
--06:47 TA - Pegram, Todd 34 yd field goal, 9-52 4:15, TA 27 - OU 36
--03:28 TA - Pegram, Todd 27 yd field goal, 6-22 2:00, TA 30 - OU 3

RUSHING: Texas A&M-Lewis, Courtney 15-146; McGee, Stephen 10-67; Lane, Jorvorsk. 8-48; Carter, Jason 3-30; Alexander, Chr. 1-3; McNeal, Reggie 7-minus 2. OU-Peterson, Adria 27-135; Patrick, Allen 3-42; Bomar, Rhett 7-28; Jones, Kejuan 6-19; Thompson, Paul 1-2; Hickson, Donta 1-minus 1; TEAM 3-minus 14.

PASSING: Texas A&M-McNeal, Reggie 12-29-1-158; McGee, Stephen 0-6-0-0. OU-Bomar, Rhett 20-28-1-298; Holmes, Lendy 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING: Texas A&M-Carter, Jason 3-35; Morrow, Howard 3-33; Bennett, Martel 3-31; Lane, Jorvorsk. 1-42; Stutz, Boone 1-12; Lewis, Courtney 1-5. OU-Kelly, Malcolm 5-118; Runnels, J.D. 4-46; Iglesias, Juaquin 3-62; Wilson, Travis 3-27; Holmes, Lendy 2-19; Thompson, Paul 2-11; Jones, Kejuan 1-15.

INTERCEPTIONS: Texas A&M-Pegram, Todd 1-0. OU-Smith, Reggie 1-0.

FUMBLES: Texas A&M-McNeal, Reggie 1-0. OU-Bomar, Rhett 2-1; Peterson, Adrian 1-1.

SACKS (UA-A): Texas A&M-Bennett, Mich. 1-0; Jolly, Johnny 0-1; Bryant, Red 0-1. OU-Thibodeaux, Cal 3-0; Bennett, Cory 1-0; Ah You, C.J. 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Texas A&M-Jolly, Johnny 4-7; Gregg, Devin 6-2; Bullitt, Melvin 6-2; Foliaki, Lee 3-4; McDaniel, Arch. 2-5; Newton, Brock 3-3; Bennett, Mich. 3-3; Carpenter, Mar. 2-3; Brown, Arkeith 4-0; Greene, Renuel 2-1; Bryant, Red 1-2; Gorrer, Danny 0-3; Jack, Jason 2-0; Reed, Bryce 1-1; Obiozor, Cyril 0-2; Stutz, Boone 1-0; Jones, Ronald 1-0; Harrington, C. 0-1; Brown, Pierre 0-1; Ray, John 0-1; Hodge, Stephen 0-1; Thornton, Marq. 0-1. OU-Wolfe, D.J. 5-4; Smith, Reggie 5-3; Ingram, Clint 5-3; Alexander, Rufus 1-7; Thibodeaux, Calvin 3-4; Onyenegecha, Chijioke 2-5; Latimer, Zach 1-6; Ah You, C.J. 4-1; Baker, Lewis 3-2; Dennison, Russell 1-1; Bennett, Cory 1-1; Patrick, Allen 0-2; Davis, Alan 0-2; Pendleton, Carl 1-0; Lofton, Curtis 1-0; Walker, Marcus 0-1.

OU-A&M Box Score

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