Monday Morning News and Notes

Adrian Peterson (pictured) is on pace to rush for 2,060 yards through OU's regular season 12-game schedule, which would best OU's all-time single-season rushing record of 1,925 yards that he set in 2004. See inside for more news, notes to share with your co-workers around the water cooler this week.

The Polls
Oklahoma was ranked 15th in both the Associated Press and Coaches Top 25 Polls last week, but fell slightly after Saturday's controversial loss to Oregon. The Sooners fell to No. 16 in the Coaches Poll and 17th in the AP Poll. Incidentally, Oregon jumped the Sooners and are ranked 12th and 13th.

AP/Coaches Polls

Up Next
Oklahoma will look to get back on track this week against Middle Tennessee State, who come into Saturday's matchup 2-1 after routing Tennessee Tech 44-0 last weekend. The Blue Raiders opened the season with a 7-6 win over Florida International, but dropped their first game of the season in week two with a 24-10 loss at Maryland. Saturday's kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Chasing Billy
Junior running back Adrian Peterson moved into fifth-place on the all-time Oklahoma career rushing chart with his 211-yard performance on Monday. The Palestine, Texas native, who currently sits at 3,548 yards, needs 571 yards to pass Billy Sims for the top spot. Next up on the charts is Quentin Griffin, who currently sits at 3,938 yards.

Climbing another chart
Before Saturday's peformance in Eugene, Adrian Peterson ranked fifth in the nation in rushing. But as of today OU's junior star, who rushed for 145 yards in the fourth quarter against the Ducks, has moved into second-place nationally in rushing at 171.67 yards per game. Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe currently leads the way with a 210.0 yard per game average. Peterson is also second to Wolfe in all-purpose yards for a running back.

Catching on
Through three games, sophomore receiver Malcolm Kelly has 215 yards, which is almost half of what he notched in his freshman campaign (471). Kelly ranks 44th nationally in total receiving yards.

Where's the D?
After Saturday's letdown in Oregon, Oklahoma's defense currently ranks 97th nationally in total defense, out of 119 teams. They also rank 75th in scoring defense, 89th in pass defense and 94th in rushing defense. Ouch!

On the flipside
Oklahoma's offense ranks a respectable 33rd in the nation in total offense, 34th in scoring offense and 34th in passing offense. Senior quarterback Paul Thompson ranks 28th in passing yards, 35th in passing efficiency and 36th in total offense.

Getting their kicks
Despite having the potential game-winning kick blocked against the Ducks, Sooner kicker Garrett Hartley leads in the nation with eight made field goals. He also ranks 13th in the nation in scoring. Meanwhile, punter Michael Cohen ranks 17th nationally with his 43.9 yard average.

Quarter-by-quarter
The Sooners have owned their opponents so far this season in the third quarter, outscoring them 45-10, but it's the other three that are causing them problems. OU has tied their opponents 17-17 in the first quarter, but have been outscored in the second (16-9) and fourth periods (28-23) so far this season.

After further review
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione issued this statement on SoonerSports.com Sunday afternoon in response to the officiating Saturday in Eugene, Ore.

"The University of Oklahoma has taken immediate steps to follow Big 12 Conference procedures in officially requesting a comprehensive review of specific officiating decisions and use of instant replay during Saturday's Football game against the University of Oregon.

"The game officials were assigned by the Pac-10 Conference and we believe this situation will be properly handled and analyzed by the Pac-10 and then communicated back through our conference office.

"There should be no mistaking our very serious concerns about the events that transpired and the energy we will exert in voicing those concerns.

"At the same time we need to make clear several other points. First of all, this action should not take any focus away from the extraordinary effort displayed by the student-athletes of both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Oregon. It was a very exciting game and both coaching staffs had their players well prepared.

"Secondly, we fully understand the outcome of the game is irreversible, regardless of the decisions made in regards to the grievance. Therefore, we are moving on in preparation for our upcoming game. We congratulate Oregon on its victory in this hard-fought contest."

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