NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Adrian Peterson can't explain how he does
it. Running with the ball just comes naturally to the gifted
Stepping in for an injured starter, Peterson ran for 183 yards
and two touchdowns in his third straight 100-yard game, leading No.
2 Oklahoma to a 31-7 victory over Oregon on Saturday.
Peterson carried 24 times to become the first Oklahoma freshman
to run for at least 100 yards in each of his first three games. His
touchdowns in the second half helped the Sooners (3-0) pull away
from the Ducks (0-2).
The former Texas high school star burst through a seam on the
left side and ran untouched down the sideline for a 40-yard score
to put Oklahoma ahead 24-7 late in the third quarter. He bounced
off of one tackler and spun past another on an 18-yard touchdown
run to put the game away with 3:36 to play.
On other runs, he'd spin, stop and start, or just run past
"It's all instincts really," Peterson said. "I really can't
remember. I kind of amazed myself a little bit."
Jason White was 17-for-23 for 213 yards and a touchdown, and
Donta Hickson added a 25-yard touchdown run. Starter Kejuan Jones
ran 11 times for 41 yards, but didn't play after the first quarter.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Jones sprained his ankle and
could've returned, but Peterson was performing well enough that it
"I thought Adrian was really special again tonight," Stoops
said. "I'm really impressed with his speed and ability to break
away and make some big plays."
White put Oklahoma up 10-0 midway through the second quarter
with a 4-yard touchdown pass to James Moses. Before the snap, White
directed receiver Travis Wilson to vacate the right side of the
offense and Moses came open on that side after a play-action fake.
He also had a 34-yard touchdown pass negated by a holding call
two plays before Hickson's TD run. Hickson made it 17-0, running
through a potential tackler on his way to the end zone.
"We were kind of sluggish coming out but we kept playing our
game... ," White said. "It showed a lot about our offense the way
we kept on playing."
Oregon cut it to 17-7 when fullback Dante Rosario made an
over-the-shoulder catch of Kellen Clemens' 30-yard pass late in the
third quarter. Oregon kicker Jared Siegel tied the Ducks' career
scoring mark on the extra point with his 272nd point.
He twice had chances to break the record with field goals in the
fourth quarter. On the first, a bobbled snap kept him from getting
the kick away and on the second, Oklahoma safety Brodney Pool
leaped and blocked a low kick.
"Those are points we needed," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said.
"If we had got the first one, we wouldn't have kicked the second
Clemens completed 24 of 35 passes for 179 yards as Oregon lost
its first two games for the first time since 1992.
Clayton -- who caught six passes for 91 yards -- became the
Sooners' career leader in receptions with a 20-yard catch in the
first quarter. Clayton, who now has 173 receptions, passed Quentin
Griffin's record of 169. Clayton already holds the school records
with 2,652 receiving yards and 25 touchdown catches.
"When I got here, I would just learn from the guys that were
already here," Clayton said. "They would tell me what I was
messing up and what I needed to do it right. When the coaches
called on me, I just made sure I did my job."
Both teams had early scoring chances erased by their own
The Sooners drove to the Oregon 6 on their second possession of
the game, but White fumbled while being pressured by defensive end
Devan Long and Matt Toeaina picked up the ball.
Oregon's first scoring chance was snuffed out by back-to-back
penalties. After reaching field-goal range at the Oklahoma 27, the
Ducks were flagged for grabbing a facemask and intentional
grounding on consecutive plays to push them back to midfield.
Trey DiCarlo opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal on the
first play of the second quarter for Oklahoma.