NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma quarterback Jason White has come a
long, long way since he crumpled to the field last year with his
second major knee injury in two seasons.
"He just had a great day. He was executing in an excellent
way," coach Bob Stoops said after the No. 1 Sooners rolled to a
52-28 win over Fresno State on Saturday.
"Hopefully he is playing to the level of a Heisman Trophy
winner. We just need to keep winning."
White threw for 338 yards and a career-high four touchdowns and
Renaldo Works ran for two more scores as the Sooners (3-0) seized
control early, scoring on all six of their first-half possessions
en route to a 38-0 halftime lead.
There would be no upset on a day when No. 6 Texas lost and No. 3
Ohio State escaped in triple overtime -- a fact not lost on the
Sooners when a scoreboard displayed archrival Texas' surprising
loss to Arkansas. The school-record crowd of 83,091 roared with
Fresno State (1-2) had nearly twice as many penalty yards (80)
than offensive yards (43) in the first half. By then, the Bulldogs
had only two first downs, one by penalty.
With his offense clicking and his defense dominating, Stoops
obviously didn't need any tricks to pull this game out. He still
used a few anyway.
A week after a fake punt helped the Sooners edge Alabama,
Oklahoma converted two fourth downs in the first quarter and scored
on a 2-point conversion run by holder Matt McCoy.
That's the kind of day it was -- almost everything worked for the
In the first half, Oklahoma scored on drives of 57, 65, 71, 82,
87 and 32 yards, with White going 18-of-25 for 256 yards and three
touchdowns. The Sooners had 370 yards of offense by halftime.
"I thought we looked like deer in headlights," Fresno State
coach Pat Hill said. "Everything they touched in the first half
turned to gold. Their execution was awesome."
That's in large part due to White.
He's come quite a long way for a guy who was considered a long
shot to recover from his second knee surgery, let alone reclaim his
Through three games, White has completed 69 of 107 passes (64
percent) for 845 yards and nine touchdowns. He's only thrown one
"Beautiful, isn't he?" said receiver Mark Clayton, who caught
five passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. "As the weeks go on and
we start to jell, when we finally hit our stride, it's going to be
Oklahoma's runners got involved in the rout, too, with Works
scoring the Sooners' first two rushing touchdowns of the season. He
finished with 88 yards on 18 carries.
The Sooners had 556 yards of total offense, the most in Stoops'
five seasons in Norman.
Still, Oklahoma's postgame joy was tempered by the loss of
preseason Butkus Award nominee Lance Mitchell, who left the field
clutching his left knee in the second quarter. He didn't return.
"It looks severe and it's a knee" was all Stoops would say
after the game.
Fresno State, which opened at Tennessee and faced Oregon State
at home last week, was obviously weary after such an arduous
schedule. Coach Pat Hill had said earlier in the week that last
Saturday's 16-14 victory over Oregon State was "as violent a game
as I've been a part of."
Jeff Grady, nursing a bruised left shoulder and hip, finished
20-of-31 for 142 yards with two touchdowns. He also threw an
"I was not as nervous as I thought I would be," said Grady, a
fifth-year senior starting only his fifth career game. "I just
couldn't get any of my receivers open."
There were a few bright spots for Fresno State, though.
The Bulldogs blocked an extra point and two punts, the third
straight game in which they've had a block on special teams.
"Our punt protection is atrocious," Stoops said. "I'm trying
to find a word negative enough to describe it."
It was Fresno State's first-ever game against the nation's No. 1
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