MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Jason White spent much of the week
touting a young Oklahoma teammate for the Heisman Trophy.
On Saturday, he played -- with one exception -- like a
front-runner for a second straight award of his own.
White threw what could have been a disastrous interception in
the third quarter against Kansas State. But he rebounded to toss
two clutch touchdown passes to Mark Clayton -- part of a four-TD day
for White -- lifting No. 2 Oklahoma to a 31-21 victory over Kansas
"I knew I made a mistake but you wanted to make up for it,"
said White, who also threw two touchdown passes to Travis Wilson in
the first half. "The pass game was there all day, and we had to
take advantage of it."
Freshman Adrian Peterson added 130 yards rushing -- all but 26 of
those after halftime -- and helped the Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12)
control the tempo in the fourth quarter. White is among those
campaigning for Peterson to get Heisman consideration.
"If you've got a horse, you just keep feeding him," Kansas
State cornerback Cedrick Williams said. "We tried to, but we just
couldn't get the ball out of his hands."
Kansas State, which beat Oklahoma 35-7 for the Big 12 title a
year ago, led three times Saturday but dropped to 2-4 overall and
0-3 in conference play for the first time since 2001.
"We are not finished and not focused all the way," wide
receiver Jermaine Moreira said. "We're making a lot of little
mistakes right now, and it's killing us."
A big mistake with just under 10 minutes left in the third
quarter could have done in the Sooners.
White, who finished the game 20-for-31 for 256 yards, threw into
the left flat on first down from his own 27. The pass went straight
to linebacker Brandon Archer, who returned it 27 yards for a
touchdown and a 21-17 Kansas State lead.
But White redeemed himself on Oklahoma's next possession,
throwing a 15-yard scoring pass to Clayton for a 24-21 lead.
Clayton's 8-yard TD catch made it 31-21 midway through the fourth
quarter, capping a drive on which Peterson carried seven times for
"I had to be real patient," said Peterson, the only Oklahoma
freshman to go over 100 yards in each of his first six games. "The
guys kept me going and told me that it would open up."
Running back Darren Sproles was held largely in check both by
Oklahoma's defense and Kansas State's pass-first game plan.
Sproles, who ran for 235 yards in the Big 12 title game last
year, had 34 yards on only 13 carries. One of those carries was a
botched halfback pass attempt in the first quarter, one snap before
a turnover that slowed the Wildcats' early momentum.
"I'll do whatever I have to out there to help the team," said
Sproles, who has not gone over 100 yards rushing in three Big 12
games this season. "But I would like the ball."
"We kept giving them different wrinkles with our blitzes,"
Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. "I'm really proud of our rush
defense, too, to hold Sproles down like that."
Sproles tied former quarterback Ell Roberson's school record for
career touchdowns with a 1-yard burst for a 7-0 lead in the first
The Sooners, who went three-and-out on their first two
possessions and had six penalties for 60 yards in the first 16
minutes, fell behind 14-7 on Dylan Meier's 38-yard pass to Yamon
Figurs early in the second quarter. But on Oklahoma's next
possession, White and Wilson hooked up twice for 55 yards, the last
time on a 14-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-all.
Oklahoma took its first lead, 17-14, on Trey DiCarlo's 26-yard
field goal with just more than three minutes left in the half.
Meier finished with 242 yards on 20-for-38 passing but left the
game late in the fourth quarter after being knocked down hard by
defensive ends Larry Birdine and Jonathan Jackson.
Meier lay on the field for several minutes after the sandwich
hit and had to be helped off. He appeared dazed and blinking after
the game and did not attend the team's interview session.
"He had too much pressure," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder
said. "I think he just got knocked around a little bit. We don't
know about his health status yet."
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