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Sooners Waste No Time

September 14, 2003|From Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Jason White has come a long, long way since he crumpled to the field last year with his second major knee injury in two seasons.

"He just had a great day. He was executing in an excellent way," Coach Bob Stoops said after the No. 1 Sooners rolled to a 52-28 win over Fresno State on Saturday.

"Hopefully he is playing to the level of a Heisman Trophy winner. We just need to keep winning."

White threw for 338 yards and a career-high four touchdowns and Renaldo Works ran for two touchdowns as the Sooners (3-0) seized control early, scoring on all six of their first-half 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 school-record 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.

With his offense clicking and his defense dominating, Stoops obviously didn't need any tricks to win. But he decided to use a few anyway.

A week after a fake punt helped the Sooners defeat Alabama, Oklahoma converted two fourth downs in the first quarter and scored on a two-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 White going 18 of 25 for 256 yards and three touchdowns.

"I thought we looked like deer in headlights," Fresno State Coach Pat Hill said. "Everything they touched in the first half turned to gold."

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