No. 2 Oklahoma 30, Nebraska 3
NORMAN, Okla. (AP)—Finally playing his last game at home, Oklahoma’s Jason White was emotional—and he was almost perfect.
White completed 29 of 35 passes—including a school-record 18 in a row at one point—for 383 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 2 Oklahoma rout Nebraska 30-3 on Saturday night.
With star running back Adrian Peterson seeing little action because of a shoulder injury, White was at his best.
“You always want to go out with a bang,” White said. “Any time it’s going to be your last game at home, the last time you’re going to run out on the field, you want to go out with a bang. I thought for all of the seniors, it was a great night for all of us.”
The sixth-year senior, playing in his second Senior Day with the Sooners (10-0, 7-0 Big 12), threw three incomplete passes on his first eight attempts, but then he got rolling.
With the Sooners up 3-0, White hit an 11-yard slant to Mark Bradley to convert a third down, then a 5-yard pass to fullback J.D. Runnels and the streak was going.
Before it was finished, White had thrown three touchdown passes to put Oklahoma ahead 30-0 and had broken his own streak of 16 completions in a row, set over the course of two games last year.
“Jason was just on fire,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.
Among the passes were a high lob that backup tight end Willie Roberts caught while backpedaling and leaping in the back right corner of the end zone and a 58-yard launch that Bradley caught over his shoulder in stride down the right sideline.
White also had 4-yard scoring pass to a sliding Brandon Jones and a 23-yard touchdown pass to Bradley on a quick pass at the line of scrimmage that Bradley took and tiptoed down the sideline to score.
White said he was particularly emotional with the combination of Senior Day and being able to share the game with his family following the death of his grandfather earlier in the week.
“It meant a lot,” he said.
And with Peterson nicked up, it came in the perfect time.
The freshman entered the game as the fifth-leading rusher in the nation, but played only sparingly in the first half after dislocating his left shoulder in Oklahoma’s win against Texas A&M last week. He was in uniform and helmet, but did not start and had only three carries for 2 yards in the first half. He also served as a decoy entering the game for a play-action pass that went for a touchdown in the second quarter.
After halftime, he returned to play on every drive and finished with 58 yards on 15 carries—his fewest of the season. He’d had at least 100 yards rushing in each of his first nine games and built a case for the Heisman—even as a freshman—with 1,373 yards in the Sooners’ first nine games. This game— paired with White’s performance—could hurt that bid.
Peterson said he wasn’t concerned.
“If I run for 40 yards and Jason throws for 500 and we win, I’m happy,” he said.
Peterson said the shoulder was “just a little sore,” but the reason he didn’t start was his inability to practice at times during the week. Kejuan Jones got the start and most of the rushing load early. The junior had 48 yards on 14 first-half carries—including a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to make it 16-0.
The score came two plays after Nebraska’s only turnovers—a Gayron Allen interception of Joe Dailey’s pass. In between, the Sooners used a little trickery to get on the doorstep.
Bradley came in motion and took a handoff from White on an end around, but instead flared out and threw a high-arcing pass that Mark Clayton caught at the 1. Jones punched his way in on the next snap.
Cory Ross was the only bright spot for the Cornhuskers (5-5, 3-4) with 130 yards on 30 carries before leaving the game midway through the fourth quarter with an injury. Nebraska didn’t get past the Oklahoma 49 until the fourth quarter, when a 6-minute, 14-play drive ended with an incomplete pass by Dailey on fourth-and-5 from the 6.
Dailey was 8-for-12 with 73 yards and an interception.
The ‘Huskers broke the shutout when David Dyches kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired.
Trey DiCarlo made a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter for Oklahoma’s first score. He missed a 34-yard field goal wide left early in the fourth quarter.