OU Beats Tigers, 34-13

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 18, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. -- Once again, there was no post-Texas letdown at Oklahoma.

Jason White threw two touchdown passes and Antonio Perkins tied a pair of NCAA records by returning a punt for a touchdown as the top-ranked Sooners coasted to a 34-13 Big 12 Conference foe Missouri.

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The Sooners routed Texas, 65-13, last week for their fourth straight win in the Red River Shootout. They have been just as impressive in the game after Texas, winning all five times since Bob Stoops took over in 1999.

Leading the way this year was White, who completed 20-of-34 passes for 278 yards to help Oklahoma (7-0, 3-0 Big 12 South) win its ninth straight game.

Missouri (5-2, 1-2 Big 12 North) snapped a 45-game losing streak against top-10 teams with a win over Nebraska last week, but was able to stay competitive only through the middle of the second quarter when Oklahoma scored 21 points in just under eight minutes.

The Sooners went ahead to stay, 17-10, with 7:54 left in the quarter when Mark Clayton caught a 39-yard TD pass from White in which he leaped in the end zone and pulled the ball away from Tigers safety Nino Williams.

White followed four minutes later with a 31-yard TD pass to Jejuan Jenkins, who caught a short pass and broke several tackles en route to the end zone.

The Sooners broke open the game when Perkins had a 69-yard punt return for a score with 62 seconds left in the half.

Perkins has returned four punts for touchdowns this season and seven in his career, tying both NCAA records. Ten other players have returned four punts for a score in a season and three others have seven in their career, most recently David Allen of Kansas State from 1997 to 1999.

Quarterback Brad Smith had a 26-yard TD run for Missouri, but was not nearly as effective against Oklahoma as last season, when he ran for 213 yards. Smith completed 15-of-31 passes for 180 yards with an interception and carried 17 times for 50 yards. Renaldo Works opened the scoring with a one-yard TD run for Oklahoma, capping an 11-play, 73-yard drive.

Trey DiCarlo of Oklahoma kicked field goals of 20 yards in the second quarter and 30 yards late in the third.

Michael Matheny kicked a 26-yard field goal for Missouri late in the first quarter and had a 25-yarder for the only score of the fourth.



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