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Big-12: Sooners barely remain unbeaten

By Associated Press
Published October 31, 2004

STILLWATER, Okla. - Adrian Peterson rushed for 249 yards and Jason Ricks missed a 49-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, giving Oklahoma a 38-35 victory.

The Sooners have won two straight in the Bedlam Series since losses in 2001 and 2002 knocked them out of the national title hunt.

Peterson's 80-yard run in the third put Oklahoma up 35-21, and a 56-yarder on his next carry broke the school freshman record of 1,184 set by De'Mond Parker in 1996.

Oklahoma State's Vernand Morency had 93 yards on 17 carries, ending his streak of 100-yard regular-season games at nine. But his second touchdown, a 4-yard option, made it 38-35 with 10:34 left.

Oklahoma State took possession at its 19 with 2:44 left. Donovan Woods' 16-yard run and 17-yard completion to Morency helped it get to the Sooners 32.

But Ricks, whose 28-yard field goal with 55 seconds left beat Missouri last week, pushed his kick wide left. The freshman is 0-for-3 from beyond 40 yards.

Baylor stuns Texas A&M

WACO, Texas - Shawn Bell hit Dominique Ziegler for a 12-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion after Baylor shunned an extra point for a 35-34 overtime upset of Texas A&M.

The Aggies had won the past 13 of the series, including 73-10 last season. But the Bears ended an 11-game conference losing streak and beat a ranked team for the first time since 1998.

Bell, 32-of-50 for 262 yards and four touchdowns while starting for the injured Dane King, hit Trent Shelton with a 6-yard pass to tie it with 2:55 left. Keith Joseph's 16-yard run gave A&M the lead in overtime.

TEXAS 31, COLORADO 7: Cedric Benson ran for two scores and became the 10th I-A back to surpass 5,000 yards in the visiting Longhorns' win.

Early in the third, Texas' Michael Griffin sacked and stripped the ball from Joel Klatt. Aaron Harris recovered, setting up Vince Young's 9-yard run for a 21-7 lead. One series later, Harris batted Klatt's pass in the air, and Griffin intercepted it. Benson followed with a 6-yard touchdown.

NEBRASKA 24, MISSOURI 3: Cory Ross ran for a career-high 194 yards and two touchdowns for the host Cornhuskers.

Nebraska made it 10-3 in the second quarter when Andrew Shanle blocked Matt Hoenes' punt and Adam Ickes returned it 16 yards for a touchdown. In the third, Hoenes dropped the snap and whiffed as he tried to kick it on the run. Shanle recovered, and Ross scored from 15 yards on the next play.

TEXAS TECH 35, KANSAS ST. 25: Sonny Cumbie threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Red Raiders, who extended the defending league champs' worst start since 1989, coach Bill Snyder's first season.

Down 28-19, the Wildcats appeared to have a first and goal from the 9 but were penalized for two forward passes on one play. On the next play, Adell Duckett intercepted Dylan Meier. Taurean Henderson followed with a 43-yard touchdown run for a 35-19 lead with 5:22 left.

IOWA ST. 13, KANSAS 7: Brent Curvey scored on a fumble return for the second straight game for the host Cyclones, who have won two straight for the first time since starting 2003 2-0.

The Jayhawks lost quarterback Adam Barmann to a shoulder injury midway through the second quarter. Three plays later, Brandon Brown sacked Brian Luke, who fumbled. Curvey, who returned a fumble 65 yards against Baylor, returned it 30 yards for a 10-0 lead.

[Last modified October 31, 2004, 00:57:29]


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