Ducks Fall To Oklahoma
Sept. 18, 2004
By JEFF LATZKE
Associated Press Writer
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Freshman Adrian Peterson ran for 183 yards and scoredtwo touchdowns in his third straight 100-yard rushing performance to lead No. 2Oklahoma to a 31-7 victory over Oregon on Saturday.
Peterson carried 24 times to become the first Oklahoma freshman to run forat least 100 yards in each of his first three games. His touchdowns in thesecond 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 andran untouched down the sideline for a 40-yard score to put Oklahoma ahead 24-7late in the third quarter. He bounced off of one tackler and spun past anotheron an 18-yard touchdown run to put the game away with 3:36 to play.
Jason White was 17-for-23 for 213 yards and a touchdown, and Donta Hicksonadded a 25-yard touchdown run. Starting tailback Kejuan Jones ran 11 times for41 yards but didn't play after the first quarter.
White put Oklahoma up 10-0 midway through the second quarter with a 4-yardtouchdown pass to James Moses. Before the snap, White directed receiver TravisWilson to vacate the right side of the offense and Moses came open on that sideafter a play-action fake.
He also had a 34-yard touchdown pass negated by a holding call two playsbefore Hickson's TD run. Hickson made it 17-0, running through a potentialtackler on his way to the end zone.
Oregon cut it to 17-7 when fullback Dante Rosario made an over-the-shouldercatch of Kellen Clemens' 30-yard pass late in the third quarter. Oregon kickerJared Siegel tied the Ducks' career scoring mark on the extra point with his272nd point.
He twice had chances to break the record with field goals in the fourthquarter. On the first, a bobbled snap kept him from getting the kick away andon the second, Oklahoma safety Brodney Pool leaped and blocked a low kick.
Clemens completed 24 of 35 passes for 179 yards.
Clayton - who caught six passes for 91 yards - became the Sooners' careerleader in receptions with a 20-yard catch in the first quarter. Clayton, whonow has 173 receptions, passed Quentin Griffin's record of 169. Clayton alreadyholds the school records with 2,652 receiving yards and 25 touchdown catches.
Both teams had early scoring chances erased by their own mistakes.
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 MattToeaina 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 forgrabbing a facemask and intentional grounding on consecutive plays to push themback to midfield.
Trey DiCarlo opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal on the first playof the second quarter for Oklahoma.