NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops will be perfectly
pleased to settle for 151 yards passing from Jason White in game
after game, as long as the modest stats come with victories.
Last season's Heisman Trophy winner produced little yardage but
he did complete three touchdown passes to break the OU's career
record, and Adrian Peterson ran for 146 yards and a score to lead
the second-ranked Sooners past Texas Tech 28-13 Saturday.
"We don't go into any game looking for numbers or looking to
put anybody's numbers where they should be," Stoops said. "We go
in to win, and Jason operated our offense. You forget about his
efficiency and the way he executed. He was really solid."
Tech quarterback Sonny Cumbie, who entered the game as the
nation's leading passer, looked sharp at times but had three
interceptions and a fumble. He was 36-for-55 for 369 yards, 60
below his average -- but still much better on paper than White
White broke Josh Heupel's school mark of 53 TD passes in the
third quarter, when fullback J.D. Runnels caught a pass in the
right flat and took it into the end zone to put Oklahoma ahead
Travis Wilson caught White's other two touchdown passes, in the
second and fourth quarters.
White, who went 15-for-24 for just the 151 yards, appeared a
little late on several throws in the first half when his 14
attempts yielded merely 55 yards. But he was on the mark when he
needed to be after halftime.
"I had a few bad throws starting off, but you've just got to
keep playing the next play and forget about the bad ones and keep
moving on," White said.
Peterson, making his first start in place of injured Kejuan
Jones, scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and
topped 100 yards rushing for his fourth straight game -- extending
his own Oklahoma freshman record.
Peterson set up Oklahoma's first score with a 61-yard run around
the right end and down the sideline. Texas Tech's Khalid Naziruddin
caught Peterson at an angle and dove to tackle the freshman as he
tried to turn toward the goal post.
"Mark Clayton made a great block, James Moses made a block
outside, and I cut it up and just ran the ball until I got tripped
up a little bit," Peterson said. "That was a good run."
Three plays later, Peterson bounced off a couple tacklers and
reached the ball across the goal line to make it 7-0.
Peterson had a 57-yard touchdown run in the third quarter
negated by a holding call against Jammal Brown. He stayed face down
on the field briefly after a short run in the fourth quarter but
jogged off after trainers came out to tend to him.
"My leg got stuck in the grass and somebody grabbed it,"
Peterson said. He said his knee was not sprained and felt OK after
The Sooners kept Texas Tech's prolific offense out of the red
zone until the fourth quarter, holding the Red Raiders to Alex
Trlica's two field goals until less than 5 minutes were left in the
The Red Raiders finally got into the end zone on an 8-yard run
by Johnnie Mack to cut it to 28-13 with 4:50 left, but Oklahoma
recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock.
While Cumbie had the better passing total, White had the day's
best play. After eluding a blitzer, White stepped up and zipped a
9-yard pass to Wilson, whose defender slipped in the end zone.
"I knew from the get-go that's who I was going to," White
said. "That's where I wanted to go. It was just a matter of
waiting for him to clear.
"I just knew if I could get it up there, Travis would go get