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Sooners Look Like No. 1 in a 52-9 Rout

November 02, 2003|From Associated Press

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.

"Sometimes it's good to be doubted," Stoops said after his top-ranked Sooners defeated No. 14 Oklahoma State, 52-9, on Saturday at Norman, Okla.

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

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 bowl championship series 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 entered the game ranked since 1988.

During the week, 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 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 (five) than first downs (three) in the first half, and had more penalty yards (58) than offensive yards (47) late into the third quarter.

"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."

Kansas State 38, Baylor 10 -- James Terry caught a career-high three touchdown passes from Ell Roberson, and the Wildcats pulled away from the Bears at Manhattan, Kan.

Terry, only the sixth player in school history with three touchdown receptions in a game, finished with eight catches for 138 yards.

Roberson was 14 of 24 for 242 yards and also ran a yard for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

The Wildcats (7-3, 3-2) moved into a tie with No. 12 Nebraska for the Big 12 North lead with their third victory in a row.

Baylor (3-6, 1-4) lost its fourth in a row.

Texas Tech 26, Colorado 21 -- B.J. Symons had five passes intercepted, had a season-low one touchdown pass and failed to throw for at least 400 yards for the first time in eight games, but the Red Raiders (6-3, 3-2) managed to defeat the Buffaloes (3-6, 1-4) at Lubbock, Texas.

Symons was 30 of 51 for 399 yards and tied a school record for interceptions.

He became the 22nd quarterback in Division I-A history to throw for 4,000 yards, and the second in Big 12 history after former teammate Kliff Kingsbury.

Tech went ahead for good midway through the third quarter when Symons threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker, who also set the Division I record with his eighth career punt return for a touchdown, a 58-yard return in the second quarter to cut Colorado's lead to 14-9.

Welker had been tied at seven with Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers, Kansas State's David Allen and Jack Mitchell of Oklahoma. Oklahoma's Antonio Perkins also has seven.

Texas A&M 45, Kansas 33 -- Jaxson Appel scored on a five-yard fumble return in a 24-point third quarter that helped the Aggies (4-5, 2-3) pull away and win at College Station, Texas.

The Jayhawks (5-4, 2-3) were seeking a sixth victory, which would make them bowl eligible for the first time since 1995.

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