Norman, Okla. — Adrian Peterson meet Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State say hello to Adrian Peterson. Now say goodbye.
For the second straight year, Peterson rushed for 200-plus yards against the Cowboys while the OU's defense put together the 10th-best defensive performance by an Oklahoma team in the history of the Bedlam series as the Sooners extended their winning streak to three games over the Cowboys with a 42-19 win Saturday in Norman.
Peterson, who rushed for 249 yards in OU's 38-35 win last season in Stillwater, finished with 237 on Saturday and two clutch second-half to help the Sooners pull away from the Cowboys. And his 210-yard rushing performance in the second half was the most ever by a Sooner in a single half.
"He is amazing," said Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops on Peterson, who also eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. "He makes great cuts and has incredible acceleration and bursts. He has great power and will pick up six or eight yards on a run when somebody else would only pick up one or two. It's fun watching him."
Oklahoma jumped out to a 21-0 lead scoring on three of their first four possessions. Backup running back Allen Patrick scored on a 27-yard run on OU's first possession, and then Rhett Bomar threw touchdown passes to Juaquin Iglesias and James Moses on the Sooners' third and fourth possession to push the lead to 21-0 with 13:40 to go in the second quarter.
However, Oklahoma State would cut the lead to 21-7 at the 1:41 mark of the second quarter on a Julius Crosslin touchdown run.
The Sooners' offense struggled on their first three drives of the second half, but that's when Peterson took over.
Peterson's 84-yard touchdown run with 2:03 to go in the third quarter pushed the lead back to 28-7. The run was the longest of his career, besting his 80-yard touchdown run last season against OSU.
Then, after the Cowboys scored to cut the lead to 28-14 with 11:37 to go in the game, Peterson took a toss sweep 71-yards to the end zone and the rout was on.
"I didn't get to see either of his runs. I was too busy blocking," said fullback J.D. Runnels when asked about Peterson's performance. "I go off the crowd's reaction most of the time when he gets the ball because when he gets going, everybody gets going. It was one of those runs that I could tell by the crowd's reaction, something good was happening. I just stuck with my block, and when I turned around, he was in the endzone."
But not to be overshadowed by Peterson is most certainly Oklahoma's defense. All they did was hold the Cowboys to 139 yards of total offense and just 13 rushing yards on 32 carries.
"(Dusty) Dvoracek," said OSU head coach Mike Gundy when asked why his Cowboys couldn't run the ball. "He made it difficult for us up front. Dvoracek and their linebackers really did a good job playing over the top."
"They were incredible the entire first half outside that last play off the scramble by Pena," said Stoops on his defense. "We were almost perfect as can be. Even in the second half it was very good. We tackled well and our coverage was excellent. Stopping their run game was important."
Also not to be forgotten was the play of redshirt freshman quarterback Rhett Bomar, who threw a career-high three touchdown passes.
"I thought he was excellent," said Stoops on Bomar. "We had a couple of drops today which didn't help. He had a nice pass to Manuel (Johnson) which would have been a huge play. He had another great pass right down the middle to Bubba (Moses) but couldn't make the catch. I was very proud of the way he played."
"I felt comfortable out there from the very start," said Bomar, who completed 13 of his 21 passes for 206 yards. "The line was giving me great protection. I wasn't getting hit at all. That makes my job a lot easier when I just have to drop back and scan the field to find second and third receivers."
With the win, the Sooners improve to 7-4 overall and extend their Bedlam series lead to 77-16-7.
"I want to give Oklahoma a lot of credit," Gundy said. "They played well today. They played better than us. I think Adrian Peterson makes them a different football team. We had a difficult time with Dvoracek on the other side of the ball. Those two guys really made plays and caused us a lot of trouble."
"I'm really proud of our seniors and the way they put it together today," said Stoops, who improved to 5-2 against the Cowboys. "They have had great leadership for the entire year. We had a good week of practice and our focus was great. We wanted to finish strong. We came out and really played well."
Bob Stoops' Postgame Quotes
--11:42 OU - Patrick, Allen 27 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick), 4-59 1:50, OS 0 - OU 7
--04:17 OU - Iglesias, Juaqu 12 yd pass from Bomar, Rhett (Hartley, Garret kick), 10-66 4:47, OS 0 - OU 14
--13:40 OU - Moses, James 26 yd pass from Bomar, Rhett (Hartley, Garret kick), 5-42 2:12, OS 0 - OU 21
--01:41 OS - Crosslin, Juliu 1 yd run (Redden, Bruce kick), 6-69 1:57, OS 7 - OU 21
--02:03 OU - Peterson, Adria 84 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick), 1-84 0:12, OS 7 - OU 28
--11:37 OS - Crosslin, Juliu 2 yd run (Redden, Bruce kick), 8-55 2:30, OS 14 - OU 28
--11:20 OU - Peterson, Adria 71 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick), 1-71 0:13, OS 14 - OU 35
--06:41 OU - Johnson, Manuel 55 yd pass from Bomar, Rhett (Hartley, Garret kick), 5-83 2:55, OS 14 - OU 42
RUSHING: Oklahoma State-Hamilton, Mike 11-20; Crosslin, Juliu 10-19; Johnson, Charli 1-2; Price, Ricky 1-minus 2; Pena, Al 9-minus 26. Oklahoma-Peterson, Adrian 24-237; Patrick, Allen 3-31; Bomar, Rhett 2-29; Jones, Kejuan 6-26; Hickson, Donta 4-21; Gutierrez, Jacob 2-14; TEAM 2-minus 4.
PASSING: Oklahoma State-Pena, Al 10-27-1-126. Oklahoma-Bomar, Rhett 13-21-1-206.
RECEIVING: Oklahoma State-Woods, D'Juan 4-39; Price, Ricky 2-28; Frazier, Luke 1-56; Johnson, John 1-4; Redden, Bruce 1-3; Hamilton, Mike 1-minus 4. Oklahoma-Moses, James 3-56; Iglesias, Juaquin 3-26; Johnson, Manuel 2-60; Runnels, J.D. 2-39; Kelly, Malcolm 1-25; Jones, Kejuan 1-1; Patrick, Allen 1-minus 1.
INTERCEPTIONS: Oklahoma State-Woods, Donovan 1-31. Oklahoma-Ingram, Clint 1-0.
FUMBLES: Oklahoma State-Pena, Al 2-1. Oklahoma-Peterson, Adrian 1-0.
SACKS (UA-A): Oklahoma State-None. Oklahoma-Latimer, Zach 2-0; Thibodeaux, Calvin 1-0; Alexander, Rufus 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Oklahoma State-Ransom, Jamar 6-8; Pinson, Lawrenc 5-5; Thompson, Jamie 4-5; Duren, Paul 4-3; Woods, Donovan 3-4; Van Zant, Marte 3-3; Smith, Darnell 1-3; McLemore, Danie 1-2; McCoy, Jared 2-0; Peterson, Natha 1-1; Brown, Larry 0-2; Frazier, Luke 1-0; Woods, D'Juan 1-0; Holland, Chase 0-1;
DeGrate, Victor 0-1; Bray, Jerry Don 0-1; McBean, Ryan 0-1. Oklahoma-Alexander, Rufus 4-4; Williams, Darien 4-2; Onyenegecha, Chijioke 5-0; Latimer, Zach 3-2; Dvoracek, Dusty 2-3; Ingram, Clint 1-4; Thibodeaux, Calvin 3-1; Bennett, Cory 3-1; Wolfe, D.J. 2-2; Smith, Reggie 2-0; Carter, Jason 1-1; Jones, Kejuan 1-0; Baker, Lewis 1-0; Lofton, Curtis 1-0; Moses, James 1-0; Bassey, Eric 0-1; Reynolds, Ryan 0-1.
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