<
>

White's 3 TDs, tenacious D lead Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Bob Stoops silently stewed as he listened
to the chatter coming from Oklahoma State all week.

Oklahoma's coach had the final say after the rout was over.

"Sometimes it's good to be doubted," Stoops said after his
top-ranked Sooners beat Oklahoma State (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) 52-9 on Saturday.

"There's enough good things said about us. Sometimes it's good
to have that sarcasm said about you."

Jason White threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and
Oklahoma's defense was dominant once again in ending a two-game
losing streak against the Cowboys.

Oklahoma (9-0, 5-0 Big 12) remains on track for the Big 12 title
and a spot in the BCS' national title game -- the Sugar Bowl -- while
Oklahoma State (7-2, 3-2) dropped a game behind Texas and into
third place in the Big 12 South.

The loss all but ends the Cowboys' hopes of a BCS game.

It was the first time both teams came into the game ranked since
1988.

Last Saturday, Oklahoma State coach Les Miles said the Sooners
were the nation's best team "so we are told."

There's no more doubt which team is better.

The momentum of the game shifted late in the first quarter on
Darrent Williams' fumble of a punt return. Williams fielded the
ball, dropped it, then tried to pick it up. The ball squirted away
and Oklahoma recovered at the 50.

Eight plays later, Kejuan Jones scored the first of his two
touchdowns to give the Sooners a 17-0 lead early in the second
quarter.

"They are an awfully good football team, we knew that coming
in," a more contrite Miles said. "We didn't get exactly what we
wanted from our football team, but they certainly did."

In a game that featured two of the nation's top offenses, it was
Oklahoma's heralded defense that stole the show.

Oklahoma State's celebrated trio of quarterback Josh Fields,
running back Tatum Bell and receiver Rashaun Woods couldn't do much
against the Sooners when the game was still competitive.

"All week the whole talk was about their offense," Stoops
said. "You would have never thought we played any defense around
here."

The Cowboys had more punts (5) than first downs (3) in the first
half, and had more penalty yards (58) than offensive yards (47)
late into the third quarter.

In the Sooners' final show of superiority, Oklahoma State failed
to punch the ball into the end zone on three tries from the 1 early
in the fourth quarter.

After Oklahoma stuffed fullback Shawn Willis on fourth down, the
school-record crowd of 84,027 exploded into cheers, Stoops
vigorously pumped his fist on the sideline and players were
celebrating on the field.

Oklahoma State's only touchdown came on Williams' 11-yard return
of an interception 26 seconds into the third quarter.

"We showed a lot of pride and toughness on defense," Stoops
said. "Our defense not giving up a touchdown all day, that's the
finest defense I've seen them play."

The Cowboys, who came into the game averaging 445 yards, were
held to a season-low 161 yards.

Woods, who had 20 catches for 355 yards and four TDs in the
previous two wins over OU, was held to four receptions for 25
yards. Fields was 9-of-24 for 62 yards with an interception and was
sacked four times, three by Dan Cody.

Bell rushed for 122 yards, but most came long after the contest
had been decided.

"They pretty much dominated us," Oklahoma State guard Ben Buie
said. "We had to get away from our game plan. They really didn't
surprise us. We knew what they were going to do, but we just
couldn't stop them."

Meanwhile, White had an off-game but connected when he needed
to. He went 11-of-27 for 194 yards with two interceptions and two
touchdowns and scored again on a 1-yard sneak.

Renaldo Works led the Sooners with 103 yards rushing on 19
carries and Jones added 86 yards on 22 carries. Mark Clayton
finished with six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, the
school-record 17th of his career.

"This was one of those hurdles we knew we had to get over,"
Jones said. "We came out fired up and knew we had to take care of
business today."

The Sooners, who saw their 2001 national title hopes derailed by
the Cowboys and then lost to them 38-28 last year, were eager to
make amends.

Stoops, a former assistant at Florida under Steve Spurrier, even
appeared to rub it in like his old boss used to.

The Sooners added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter,
including one off a reverse to receiver Mark Bradley, who then
threw the ball to reserve quarterback Paul Thompson in the end
zone.

The Sooners are now the owners of the nation's longest winning
streak at 11 games. Oklahoma has won all seven games against
Oklahoma State when ranked No. 1.

Comments

ESPN Fan Shop Powered By

  • Nike Men's Oklahoma State Cowboys Black/Orange Team Issue Performance PoloShop

  • Nike Men's Oklahoma Sooners Crimson/Grey Team Issue Performance PoloShop

NCAAF News