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Sooners leave no doubt with intrastate thrashing

That pregame talk about Oklahoma State winning? Oklahoma puts an end to it ... quickly.

By Wire services
Published November 2, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - 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 52-9 rout.

"Sometimes, it's good to be doubted," Stoops said. "There are enough good things said about us. Sometimes, it's good to have that sarcasm said about you."

Oklahoma quarterback Jason White had an off game but connected when he needed to. He went 11-of-27 for 194 yards with two interceptions and two touchdowns and scored on a 1-yard sneak. Renaldo Works led the Sooners with 103 yards rushing on 19 carries, and Kejuan Jones added 86 yards on 22 carries.

It was the first time both teams entered 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 now.

The Sooners gained the momentum late in the first quarter when the Cowboys' Darrent Williams fumbled a punt. 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, Jones scored the first of his two touchdowns to give the Sooners a 17-0 lead.

"They are an awfully good football team. We knew that coming in," 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, Oklahoma's defense stole the show.

"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 more penalty yards (58) than offensive yards (47) late in the third quarter.

In another show of superiority, Oklahoma State failed to score in three tries from the 1 early in the fourth quarter.

After Oklahoma stuffed Shawn Willis on fourth down, the school-record crowd of 84,027 exploded into cheers and Stoops pumped his fist on the sideline. Oklahoma State's only touchdown came on Williams' 11-yard return of an interception 26 seconds into the third quarter.

"We showed a lot of pride and toughness on defense," Stoops said. "Our defense not giving up a touchdown all day, that's the finest defense I've seen them play."

The Cowboys, who entered averaging 445 yards, were held to a season-low 161.

Rashaun Woods, who had 20 catches for 355 yards and four touchdowns in the previous two victories against Oklahoma, had four receptions for 25 yards. Josh Fields was 9-of-24 for 62 yards with an interception and was sacked four times, three by Dan Cody.

Tatum Bell rushed for 122 yards, but most came long after the game had been decided.

"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."

The Sooners, who saw their 2001 national title hopes derailed by the Cowboys, then lost to them 38-28 last year, were eager to make amends.

Stoops, a former assistant at Florida under Steve Spurrier, even appeared to rub it in like his former boss used to.

The Sooners scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including one on a reverse to receiver Mark Bradley, who threw the ball to reserve quarterback Paul Thompson in the end zone.

The Sooners now have the nation's longest win streak at 11. Oklahoma has won all seven games against Oklahoma State when ranked No. 1.

[Last modified November 2, 2003, 07:26:04]

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