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No. 1 Sooners Roll to 52-9 Bedlam Victory Over OSU
November 01, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. -- Bob Stoops silently stewed as he listened to the chatter coming from Oklahoma State all week.

Oklahoma's coach had the final say after the rout was over.

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"Sometimes it's good to be doubted," Stoops said after his top-ranked Sooners beat Oklahoma State (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) 52-9 on Saturday.

"There's enough good things said about us. Sometimes it's good to have that sarcasm said about you."

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Jason White threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Oklahoma's defense was dominant once again in ending a two-game losing streak against the Cowboys.

Oklahoma (9-0, 5-0 Big 12) remains on track for the Big 12 title and a spot in the BCS' national title game -- the Sugar Bowl -- while Oklahoma State (7-2, 3-2) dropped a game behind Texas and into third place in the Big 12 South.

The loss all but ends the Cowboys' hopes of a BCS game.

It was the first time both teams came into the game ranked since 1988.

Last Saturday, Oklahoma State coach Les Miles said the Sooners were the nation's best team "so we are told."

There's no more doubt which team is better.

The momentum of the game shifted late in the first quarter on Darrent Williams' fumble of a punt return. Williams fielded the ball, dropped it, then tried to pick it up. The ball squirted away and Oklahoma recovered at the 50.

Eight plays later, Kejuan Jones scored the first of his two touchdowns to give the Sooners a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter.

"They are an awfully good football team, we knew that coming in," a more contrite Miles said. "We didn't get exactly what we wanted from our football team, but they certainly did."

In a game that featured two of the nation's top offenses, it was Oklahoma's heralded defense that stole the show.

Oklahoma State's celebrated trio of quarterback Josh Fields, running back Tatum Bell and receiver Rashaun Woods couldn't do much against the Sooners when the game was still competitive.

"All week the whole talk was about their offense," Stoops said. "You would have never thought we played any defense around here."

The Cowboys had more punts (5) than first downs (3) in the first half, and had more penalty yards (58) than offensive yards (47) late into the third quarter.

In the Sooners' final show of superiority, Oklahoma State failed to punch the ball into the end zone on three tries from the 1 early in the fourth quarter.

After Oklahoma stuffed fullback Shawn Willis on fourth down, the school-record crowd of 84,027 exploded into cheers, Stoops vigorously pumped his fist on the sideline and players were celebrating on the field.

Oklahoma State's only touchdown came on Williams' 11-yard return of an interception 26 seconds into the third quarter.

"We showed a lot of pride and toughness on defense," Stoops said. "Our defense not giving up a touchdown all day, that's the finest defense I've seen them play."

The Cowboys, who came into the game averaging 445 yards, were held to a season-low 161 yards.

Woods, who had 20 catches for 355 yards and four TDs in the previous two wins over OU, was held to four receptions for 25 yards. Fields was 9-of-24 for 62 yards with an interception and was sacked four times, three by Dan Cody.

Bell rushed for 122 yards, but most came long after the contest had been decided.

"They pretty much dominated us," Oklahoma State guard Ben Buie said. "We had to get away from our game plan. They really didn't surprise us. We knew what they were going to do, but we just couldn't stop them."

Meanwhile, White had an off-game but connected when he needed to. He went 11-of-27 for 194 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns and scored again on a 1-yard sneak.

Renaldo Works led the Sooners with 103 yards rushing on 19 carries and Jones added 86 yards on 22 carries. Mark Clayton finished with six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, the school-record 17th of his career.

"This was one of those hurdles we knew we had to get over," Jones said. "We came out fired up and knew we had to take care of business today."

The Sooners, who saw their 2001 national title hopes derailed by the Cowboys and then lost to them 38-28 last year, were eager to make amends.

Stoops, a former assistant at Florida under Steve Spurrier, even appeared to rub it in like his old boss used to.

The Sooners added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including one off a reverse to receiver Mark Bradley, who then threw the ball to Mark Clayton in the end zone.

The Sooners are now the owners of the nation's longest winning streak at 11 games. Oklahoma has won all seven games against Oklahoma State when ranked No. 1.

 

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