No. 1 Sooners Roll Over Fresno State, 52-28

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 13, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. -- Jason White threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns and Renaldo Works ran for two more scores as No. 1 Oklahoma rolled to a 52-28 win over Fresno State on Saturday.

The Sooners (3-0) seized control early, scoring on their first six 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 crowd of 83,091 roared with approval.

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.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops obviously didn't need any tricks to pull this game out, but he still resorted to a few gambles and gimmicks.

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 Sooners.

In the first half, Oklahoma scored on drives of 57, 65, 71, 82, 87 and 32 yards, with Jason White going 18-of-25 for 256 yards and three touchdowns. The Sooners had 370 yards of offense by halftime.

White, just a season removed from his second knee surgery in two years, tied a career high with four touchdown passes. He also threw four against Kansas in 2001.

Mark Clayton caught five passes for 110 yards and a touchdown, and Brandon Jones added seven catches for 75 yards and another score. Fullback J.D. Runnels and backup tight end Lance Donley also teamed with White on scoring plays.

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.

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."

Quarterback Jeff Grady, nursing a bruised left shoulder and hip, finished 20-of-31 for 142 yards with two touchdowns. He also threw an interception.

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.

It was Fresno State's first-ever game against the nation's No. 1 team.

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