NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Adrian Peterson weaved around the line,
dodged a tackler and broke into the clear before diving across the
The Heisman hopeful's latest spectacular touchdown run might
turn out to be his last in Norman.
Playing in a college game with his father in the stands for the
first time, Peterson broke his collarbone at the end of the 53-yard
gallop that finished off No. 23 Oklahoma's 34-9 victory over Iowa
State on Saturday.
He is expected to miss the rest of the regular season, although
he could return for a bowl game. The junior tailback is eligible to
enter the NFL draft after this season and he'd likely be a
"He made a nice cut, made a great play. He made a bunch of
great ones," Sooners offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said.
"Hopefully that won't be his last."
Peterson was injured with about 6:35 left in the game when he
landed hard on his shoulder after falling into the end zone. He got
right up and trotted off the field, but with his left arm dangling
across the front of his body.
He finished with 183 yards rushing and two touchdowns playing
for the first time in years before his father, Nelson Peterson, who
had spent about eight years in federal prison for money laundering.
"Just diving into the end zone and when he landed, he landed
wrong," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "At this point it looks
like the best thing, the earliest he would be ready to play, would
be a bowl game."
Peterson started strong with a 40-yard gain on his first carry
to set up his 6-yard TD run two plays later.
Nelson Peterson watched it all from the stands just nine days
after he was released from an Oklahoma City halfway house. He never
saw his son play in high school or as he racked up an NCAA freshman
record 1,925 rushing yards and finished second in the 2004 Heisman
Oklahoma had planned to call both father and son into the
interview room to discuss their big day. That was all canceled
after X-rays revealed the injury.
"I'm pretty sure this will overshadow the kind of game he
had," Oklahoma receiver Malcolm Kelly said. "I'm just imagining
how I'm feeling right now but I can only imagine how he's feeling
Peterson had said he expected his first game in front of his dad
to be "exciting and emotional." But Stoops and Peterson's
teammates said he didn't go out of his way to make it a special
"Nothing was really said about it. He didn't say anything about
it before the game, but we were all aware of it," quarterback Paul
"It's kind of hard to tell when he's not fired up with how he
runs but you could definitely tell that he wanted to have a big
game, and he did."
Stoops said Peterson told him that the situation had been blown
out of proportion and "TV is not a new invention, so he's been
"Everybody said, `Well, now watch him.' That guy, he puts it
all out there every time he goes," Stoops said. "I even mentioned
that to him. I said, `You haven't been holding back on me? You
don't have another gear, do you? He competes, he always has, with
everything he's got."
In between Peterson's big runs, Thompson and Kelly hooked up for
scores from 9 and 15 yards, the latter giving the Sooners (4-2, 1-1
Big 12) a 24-7 halftime lead. Thompson finished with 195 passing
Iowa State got its only points of the second half on a safety
after Peterson and Thompson botched a handoff in the end zone early
in the second half. Peterson recovered the ball but then pitched it
out of the back of the end zone as he was about to be tackled.
The Cyclones (3-4, 0-3) got only two first downs on their first
six drives of the second half, and Bret Meyer's first interception
-- on a diving catch by Rufus Alexander -- set up Garrett Hartley's
35-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Iowa State lost cornerback and kick returner DeAndre Jackson to
a knee injury on a kickoff return in the second quarter.
"Unfortunately I think DeAndre Jackson has a torn ACL. I think
his career is over," Cyclones coach Dan McCarney said. "We lost
one of the great young men and one of the greatest players in the
history of Iowa State football, and we will miss his leadership and
Last season, Jackson tied for the team lead with five
interceptions and finished second in the Big 12 with a 24.6-yard
average on kick returns.
Meyer finished with 149 yards on 14-for-24 passing with two
interceptions and a 31-yard touchdown pass to Todd Blythe that cut
Oklahoma's lead to 14-7 late in the first quarter.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Paul Thompson and Adrian Peterson put the Cyclones away with two quick touchdowns in the first quarter. Iowa State was able to close the gap, the game was never in doubt.
Gameball goes to... Thompson and Peterson. The QB completed 16-of-27 for 195 yards and two TDs. Peterson ran for 183 yards and two TDs on 26 carries before reportedly breaking his collarbone.
Stat of the game... 89: Oklahoma held Iowa State to just 89 yards on the ground, while the Sooners gained nearly half their yards from the running game. Look for that to change with Peterson out.