OU-Oregon Game Recap/Stats

Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar spikes the ball in the closing seconds of Oklahoma 17-14 victory over Oregon in the Holiday Bowl Thursday night in San Diego. Bomar was named the Holiday Bowl offensive MVP, but it took a diving interception by Clint Ingram at the OU 10-yard line with 33 seconds left to seal the win. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Senior linebacker Clint Ingram led Oklahoma with five interceptions in 2005, but none were bigger than his last one.

Ingram's leaping intercpetion while falling backwards with 33 seconds left at the Oklahoma 10-yard line, ended No. 6 Oregon's comeback attempt and helped the Sooners preserve a 17-14 win in front of a Pacific Life Holiday Bowl record 65,416 fans Thursday night in San Diego, Calif.

Ingram, however, wasn't the only senior to come up big for for the Sooners.

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops had commented all week about how much he was impressed with Oregon's senior stars on offense and defense, but it turns out it was several of the Sooners' seniors who made the key plays in the game, along with Ingram.

The Sooners trailed 7-3 at halftime, but took the lead on their second drive of the third quarter when senior fullback J.D. Runnels caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the end zone with 9:20 to go in the third quarter.

Then on Oklahoma's next drive, it was senior Kejuan Jones who capped a 9-play, 74-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run that pushed the Sooners' lead to 17-7 with 3:25 to go in the quarter.

Jones, who finished with 30 yards on the ground, carried the ball three times for 22 yards on what would eventually be the game-winning drive.

The Ducks, who were held to -8 yards of total offense in the third quarter, finally woke up in the fourth quarter and cut OU's lead to 17-14 on a Brady Leaf touchdown pass to tight end Tim Day with 3:43 to go in the game.

Oklahoma couldn't pick up a first down on their next possession and punted the ball to the Oregon 22-yard line. From there, the Ducks went on an 8-play, 59-yard drive to the Sooner 19-yard line, but that's when Ingram picked off a Leaf pass on second and nine to ice the game.

The Sooners finished with 361 yards of total offense to Oregon's 327. In the third quarter alone, OU outgained the Ducks 153 to -14.

Oklahoma also had a 52-yard drive, which began late in the third quarter, stopped when Adrian Peterson fumbled at the Ducks' 2-yard line while trying to reach the ball over the goal line for a score that would've pushed OU's lead to 24-7.

Defensively, the Sooners held the Ducks, who came into the game ranked 9th nationally in scoring offense and 15th in total offense, to 22 points under their season scoring average and 122 yards under their season average for yardage.

Peterson, who had just six rushing yards at halftime on nine carries, came back strong in the second half and fought off a cut on his forehead that required several stitches with several spectacular runs to finish with 84 yards on 23 carries.

Props also go out to Oklahoma's offensive line anchored by seniors Chris Bush, Davin Joseph, Kelvin Chaisson and Chris Cheter. The Sooners' had just 24 rushing yards in the first half, but established the run early in the third quarter and finished with 132 yards on the ground for the game while also not allowing a sack.

However, not to be outdone by the seniors was Oklahoma's quartet of freshmen on offense.

Freshmen recevers Malcolm Kelly, Juaquin Iglesias and Manuel Johnson combined for 14 catches and 196 yards, while redshirt freshman quarterback Rhett Bomar was named the games' Offensive MVP.

Bomar threw one interception, but rebounded to complete 17 of his 30 pass attempts for 229 yards and one touchdown pass. The Grand Prairie, Texas native also rushed for 14 yards.

Junior defensive end C.J. Ah You, who recorded two sacks, was named the games' Defensive MVP.

Back to Bomar, with his effort against Oregon he became the first freshman in OU history to finish the season with a completion percentage over 50 percent. He also broke freshman records for passing yards (2,018) and touchdowns (10).

With the win, the Sooners improve to 24-14-1 overall in bowl games and 4-3 under Stoops.

First Quarter
--08:04 OU - Hartley, Garret 34 yd field goal, 7-44 1:59, ORE 0 - OU 3
--02:58 ORE - Williams,D. 5 yd run (Martinez,Paul kick), 12-79 5:06, ORE 7 - OU 3

Third Quarter
--09:20 OU - Runnels, J.D. 17 yd pass from Bomar, Rhett (Hartley, Garret kick), 4-53 2:07, ORE 7 - OU 10
--03:25 OU - Jones, Kejuan 8 yd run (Hartley, Garret kick), 9-74 4:09, ORE 7 - OU 17

Fourth Quarter
--03:30 ORE - Day,Tim 3 yd pass from Leaf,Brady (Martinez,Paul kick), 13-78 3:43, ORE 14 - OU 17

RUSHING: Oregon-Whitehead, T. 12-43; Dragich, Matt 1-20; Stewart,J. 2-6; Dixon, Dennis 9-5; Williams,D. 1-5; Strong, Garren 1-3; Leaf,Brady 5-1; Johnson, J. 1-1. Oklahoma Peterson, Adrian 23-84; Jones, Kejuan 7-30; Bomar, Rhett 9-14; Patrick, Allen 1-4.

PASSING: Oregon-Leaf,Brady 14-24-1-136; Dixon,Dennis 11-19-0-107; Strong, Garren 0-1-0-0. Oklahoma-Bomar, Rhett 17-30-1-229.

RECEIVING: Oregon-Finley,James 9-67; Whitehead,T. 6-83; Williams,D. 4-27; Day,Tim 3-14; Johnson, J. 1-19; Paysinger, Brian 1-18; Rosario,Dante 1-15. Oklahoma-Kelly, Malcolm 7-79; Iglesias, Juaquin 5-85; Johnson, Manuel 2-32; Runnels, J.D. 1-17; Peterson, Adrian 1-8; Jones, Kejuan 1-8.

INTERCEPTIONS: Oregon-Nelson, J.D. 1-0. Oklahoma-Ingram, Clint 1-0.

FUMBLES: Oregon-Dixon, Dennis 1-0. Oklahoma-Peterson, Adria 1-1; Bomar, Rhett 1-0.

SACKS (UA-A): Oregon-None. Oklahoma-Ah You, C.J. 2-0; Thibodeaux, Calvin 1-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Oregon-Trucks, Anthony 11-3; Chung, Patrick 9-3; Phinisee, Justin 8-2; Phillips, Blair 3-3; Long, Devan 2-3; Haberly, Brent 2-3; Nelson, J.D. 2-1; Faaeteete, David 2-0; Gipson, Aaron 1-1; Linehan, Cole 0-2; Ngata, Haloti 0-2; Dragich, Matt 1-0; Rosario, Dante 1-0; DePalo, Ryan 1-0; Toeaina, Matt 0-1. Oklahoma-Alexander, Rufus 6-3; Smith, Reggie 6-1; Latimer, Zach 5-2; Ah You, C.J. 5-1; Williams, Darien 4-2; Thibodeaux, Calvin 5-0; Wolfe, D.J. 2-3; Dvoracek, Dusty 1-4; Ingram, Clint 2-2; Bassey, Eric 2-1; Harris, Nic 1-0; Rankins, Jejuan 1-0; Carter, Jason 1-0; Pendleton, Carl 1-0; Dennison, Russell 1-0; Bennett, Cory 0-1; Ayodele, Remi 0-1; Baker, Lewis 0-1; Robinson, David 0-1.

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