Sooners Steamroll Baylor in Waco, 35-0

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 20, 2004

WACO, Texas -- No regrets for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops this week, just the lopsided win the No. 2 Sooners needed to pad their BCS numbers.

Adrian Peterson ran for 240 yards, including three second-half touchdowns, and Jason White threw two TD passes in a 35-0 win Saturday against Baylor. Neither played the final 11 minutes.

A week ago, Stoops had his starters playing the final minute, and bypassing a field goal chance on fourth down in a 30-3 win over Nebraska. He regretted that decision, and wasn't going to repeat it.

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"Anyone that doesn't see the dilemma we're in is not being totally fair. We're in a bad position right now," Stoops said. "I made the wrong choice [last week]. I wish I chose sportsmanship over BCS points."

The latest polls only proved Stoops' point.

Oklahoma was caught by Auburn in this week's AP Top 25. The Sooners remained second behind top-rated Southern California in the Bowl Championship Series standings, but their margin over Auburn was cut in half.
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"We just know all we can do is go out and win games," said White, who 19-of-32 for 194 yards. "The rest, we can't do anything about. We know if we stay undefeated, that's all we can do."

After a slow start Saturday, the Sooners (11-0, 8-0 Big 12) scored on four straight possessions. White threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Travis Wilson just before halftime to make it 14-0, and Peterson had short TD runs on the first three drives of the second half.

Oklahoma has never lost in 14 games against Baylor (3-8, 1-7), the previous five wins coming by an average margin of 38 points.

Peterson, who had 32 carries, tied the NCAA record for most 100-yard games by a freshman with his 10th. It came a week after he was held to 58 yards by Nebraska to snap his freshman record of nine straight 100-yard games.

Oklahoma, which completed its 19th undefeated regular season and third under Stoops, outgained Baylor 501-156 yards. The Sooners have won 23 straight regular-season games.

"It is difficult to enjoy being 11-0 the way the structure is right now," Stoops said.

The Sooners were also undefeated in the regular season last year at 12-0. They then lost to Kansas State in the Big 12 championship game and to LSU in the Sugar Bowl.

"We feel like we've gotten better as we've gone," Peterson said. "We've got to continue and finish it off. Our focus all year has been on the Big 12 championship game."

White has thrown 17 touchdown passes -- and 183 passes -- since his last interception six games ago.

Peterson had 83 yards by halftime, and then had a 49-yard carry on the first play of the second half. He added 14 more right after that, then capped the 80-yard, five-play drive with his first touchdown.

Wisconsin's Anthony Davis rushed for more than 100 yards 10 times as a freshman in 2001. Peterson still has two games left, the Big 12 championship game in two weeks and then a bowl.

Peterson, showing no ill effects from the separated left shoulder he suffered against Texas A&M two weeks ago, finished just short of his season high of 249 yards. He has 1,671 this season.

The second Oklahoma drive of the third quarter started with a 14-yard run by Peterson. He then had a 28-yard gain before he scored from a yard out to make it 28-0.

His last carry was a 2-yard TD run with 11:29 left.

White completed just one of his first nine passes -- a 19-yard TD to Mark Clayton three plays after Jonathan Jackson recovered a fumble.

But White was 13-of-25 for 135 yards by halftime, including the TD to Wilson with 21 seconds left.

"It took a little steam out of us," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "The kids were excited at halftime only being down by 14. We focused on the opening drive of the second half and tried to prevent exactly what happened from happening."

Baylor managed to get into Oklahoma territory only twice before halftime, and was set back by sacks both times. The Bears broke past midfield only once after halftime.



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