Fiesta Bowl | January 1, 2007 | Glendale, Ariz.
 
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
OT
F
BSU
14
7
7
7
8
43
OU
7
3
7
18
7
42

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 Quick Stats

OU

BSU
 First Downs
23
16
 Total Yards
407
377
 Number of Plays
70
65
 Passing Yards
233
267
 Rushing Yards
174
110
 Penalties-Yards
6-35
8-63
 Third Down Conversions
2-10
4-14
 Fourth Down Conversions
0-0
2-2
 Kick Return Yards
6-85
6-124
 Punt Return Yards
4-27
3-16
 Punts-Yards
5-202
8-333
 Turnovers
4
3
 Time of Possession
33:12
41:48

 Stat Leaders
 Passing
C-Att
Yds
TD
Int
 OU - Thompson
19-32
233
2
3
 BSU - Zabransky
19-29
262
3
1
 Rushing
Car
Yds
TD
Long
 OU - Peterson
20
77
2
25
 BSU - Johnson
23
101
1
16
 Receiving
Rec
Yds
TD
Long
 OU - Iglesias
6
120
0
32
 BSU - Drisan
3
96
2
49

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- If Adrian Peterson is headed toward an open door to the NFL, don't count on Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to be worrying about how the Sooners will possibly go on.

Over the course of an unpredictable season, Oklahoma perfected the art of playing without its star tailback and crossed one hurdle after another for their fourth different BCS bowl game in five years.

That has Stoops feeling positive about his team, even if Peterson bolts after establishing himself as one of the greatest backs in Oklahoma's storied rushing tradition.

"I'm perfectly fine with whatever he wants to do, and I'm going to do my best to give him as much information and make sure that whatever he decides to do, he's well informed with the proper sources," Stoops said Sunday at Oklahoma's team hotel.

"I'm for what he wants. In the end, he's got to satisfy himself. He's the guy that everyone likes to say he's got to look at himself in the mirror everyday and be happy with what he's doing. I think too much of the time people don't give that enough weight. It's his life to live. He's got to look out for what he wants for himself."

Peterson has yet to decide whether he'll be back for his senior season. In three years, Peterson ran for 4,045 yards to climb into third place on the Sooners' career rushing list -- behind only 1978 Heisman winner Billy Sims (4,118) and Hall of Famer Joe Washington (4,041), and one spot ahead of 1969 winner Steve Owens (4,041).

If he does go, he'll be one of a relatively small number of Sooners departing.

Quarterback Paul Thompson, linebackers Rufus Alexander and Zach Latimer, offensive tackle Chris Messner and a slew of defensive ends made up Stoops' smallest senior class at Oklahoma -- numbering only 11.

With Allen Patrick already in line as Peterson's likely replacement, the focus will be on choosing Thompson's successor at quarterback.

Before sophomore starter Rhett Bomar was dismissed in August, it seemed like the Sooners were set at quarterback for a few more years. Now, they'll be turning to a first-time starter -- Joey Halzle, Sam Bradford or recruit Keith Nichol.

The silver lining is that Oklahoma returns five experienced offensive linemen and its entire receiving corps.

"This year with Paul, we were much more capable of handling the situation that happened before the year this year than we were a year ago," Stoops said.

"We'll be a lot further along next year with the players around that position even than we were at the start of this year."

Stoops said he's excited to see how the quarterback competition turns out, and he believes the quarterbacks have greater ability than they've been given credit for while hidden in practice.

"They're all good kids, good attitude guys, work hard, they're not selfish guys. They'll work with the team and let it unfold," Stoops said.

"Everybody wants to ... hurry the process and get it done now, and it's a process."

Regardless, it'll be tough for the Sooners to match the storylines in this 11-3 season.

After Bomar's dismissal before fall camp started an NCAA investigation into the program, the Sooners went through controversy at Oregon when an incorrect ruling on an onsides kick helped the Ducks rally for a 34-33 win. A month later, the Sooners were dealing with the loss of their best player when Peterson injured his collarbone on a fourth-quarter touchdown run against Iowa State.

Even in a wild, season-ending overtime to against Boise State, the Sooners could have ended up on top if a late review on an Ian Johnson fumble had gone their way, or if Marcus Walker had stepped out of bounds on a fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown.

That, Stoops said, would have allowed Oklahoma to run out the clock and kick a winning field goal.

"There weren't a lot of great circumstances of calls that you get. That's how it happens. I'm not complaining about them. It's just the way it went," Stoops said.

"The same thing with injuries. I've obviously never dealt with as many, but it's part of the game."

From this season, Stoops said he'll remember most the Sooners' run through the Big 12 -- with six straight wins and the championship coming with Peterson out. But Stoops said he doesn't know how much of that will carry over into next season.

"Each year is its own deal. I know everyone wants to write about either momentum or not," Stoops said.

"No one's taking away the Big 12 championship and the way we ran through our league. That's what I told the players last night -- that trophy and their picture is going to be on our wall and that trophy is going to be in our place forever, and they don't come easy.

"There's a lot of momentum and pride in how we've played overall that won't go away."

And even in defeat, Stoops will have a hard time forgetting the way this wacky season came to an end.

"It gets better than that if you're on the other end," Stoops said, "but it's pretty close to being as good as it gets."