Sooners show balance in win over Mizzou

Updated: October 20, 2003, 1:51 AM ET

NORMAN, Okla. -- Brad Smith was running wild and Oklahoma couldn't do much about it.

The Missouri quarterback was giving the Sooners fits Saturday night, just as he did last year when he rolled up nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers nearly pulled off an upset.

But these are not last year's Sooners.

Oklahoma leaned on the nation's highest-scoring offense until its vaunted defense came around and Antonio Perkins tied a Division I-A record with his seventh career punt return for a touchdown as the top-ranked Sooners beat No. 24 Missouri 34-13.

"That's great -- it shows equal opportunities for an offense to have your back in the first half and then in the second half the defense took over," defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who had four quarterback hurries. "You don't have that many teams that can do a 50-50. It shows how balanced were are."

There were three other games between ranked teams with No. 8 Ohio State beating No. 9 Iowa 19-10, No. 13 Purdue topping No. 14 Wisconsin 26-23, and No. 15 Michigan State edging No. 25 Minnesota 44-38.

Two other ranked teams lost Saturday. Florida beat No. 11 Arkansas 33-28 and Washington beat No. 22 Oregon State 38-17.

In other ranked games, it was No. 2 Miami 52, Temple 14; No. 4 Georgia 27, Vanderbilt 8; No. 5 Southern California 45, Notre Dame 14; No. 6 Washington State 24 beat Stanford 14; No. 7 Florida State 19, Virginia 14; No. 10 LSU 33, South Carolina 7; No. 12 Northern Illinois 37, Western Michigan 10; No. 16 TCU 27, UAB 24; No. 17 Michigan 56, Illinois 14; No. 18 Nebraska 48, Texas A&M 12; No. 19 Auburn 45, Mississippi State 13; No. 20 Texas 40, Iowa State 19; and No. 23 Oklahoma State 51, Texas Tech 49.

With the first BCS standings set to be released Monday, Oklahoma (7-0, 3-0 Big 12) offered more proof of its dominance on an off-night against a Missouri team that had knocked off a Top 10 team the week before.

Smith had 192 yards of offense against the nation's third-ranked defense in the first half, including a 26-yard run early in the second quarter to make it 10-10 -- only the second time Oklahoma has been tied all season.

The homecoming crowd of 83,327 -- which broke the OU attendance mark for a fourth-straight game -- sat in stunned silence as the Tigers (5-2, 1-2) looked poised to follow up on last week's 41-24 upset of Nebraska.

Then, the Sooners' offense took over.

In the final seven minutes of the first half, White threw both of his touchdown passes and Perkins ran back a punt 69 yards with 1:02 left to give Oklahoma a 31-10 lead.

That score left Missouri noticeably deflated as the Sooners whooped their way into the locker room for halftime while many of the Tigers slowly jogged off the field.

"We didn't handle the emotion and the intensity of an impact play," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "They can strike fast and hard. Most teams they put 60 (points) on."

The touchdown return was Perkins' fourth this season and seventh of his career, both equaling Division I-A records. The junior cornerback broke a single-game mark against UCLA earlier this season with three returns for score.

"What a special young man," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "He just has an incredible ability and showed it again tonight. You just hold your breath every time he has (the ball)."

White, the nation's leader in pass efficiency, also got the Sooners going.

His first touchdown pass was an up-for-grabs toss into the end zone that Mark Clayton wrestled away from safety Nino Williams. The other went to Jejuan Rankins on a fourth-and-6 play from Missouri's 30 with 2:40 left in the half.

The big plays eventually stopped for Smith and the Tigers -- the Sooners held them to just 84 yards and five first downs in the second half.

Smith was battered around so much -- he was sacked five times, including three straight on his final series -- that he was taken out for Missouri's final two possessions of the game.

"We couldn't do anything against their defense," Pinkel said. "Standing on the sidelines, you really get a feel of just how good and just how much speed they have. They're a team without weaknesses."

In highlights of other games:

-- Florida State's Bobby Bowden tied Penn State's Joe Paterno for the Division I-A coaching victory lead with 338. Chris Rix threw a 79-yard touchdown pass to Craphonso Thorpe and Xavier Beitia kicked four field goals for the Seminoles.

-- Jon Holland intercepted B.J. Symons' pass with 1:05 left as Oklahoma State ended Texas Tech's furious comeback. Tatum Bell ran for a career-high 238 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys. Symons was 42-of-67 for 552 yards and five TDs.

-- Michael Jenkins returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown and Donte Whitner fell on a blocked punt in the end zone as Ohio State beat Iowa.

-- Ben Jones kicked an 18-yard field goal with 3 seconds left to left to lift Purdue past Wisconsin. Kyle Orton drove the Boilermakers 82 yards in 11 plays for their sixth straight win.

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