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Sooners lose Peterson in long-awaited game
The tailback, playing with his dad in attendance for the first time in many years, breaks his collarbone late in a 34-9 win over Iowa State.
By TIMES WIRES
Published October 15, 2006
NORMAN, Okla. - Adrian Peterson weaved around the line, dodged a tackler and broke into the clear before being bumped as he dived into the end zone. The Heisman hopeful's latest spectacular touchdown run might be his last in Norman.
Playing in a college game with his father in the stands for the first time, Peterson broke his collarbone at the end of the 53-yard run that capped No. 23 Oklahoma's 34-9 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.
He is expected to miss the rest of the regular season but could return for a bowl game. The junior is eligible to enter the draft after this season and likely would be a first-round pick.
"He made a nice cut, made a great play. He made a bunch of great ones," Sooners offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said. "Hopefully, that won't be his last."
Peterson was hurt with 6:35 left in the game when he landed on his shoulder in the end zone. He got right up and trotted off the field but with his left arm dangling across the front of his body.
He finished with 183 yards and two touchdowns playing for the first time in many years before his father, Nelson, who spent about eight years in federal prison for money laundering.
Peterson started strong with a 40-yard gain on his first carry to set up his 6-yard touchdown run two plays later.
Nelson Peterson never saw his son play in high school or as he racked up an NCAA freshman record 1,925 rushing yards and finished second in the 2004 Heisman voting. Oklahoma planned to bring both into the interview room. That was canceled after X-rays revealed the injury.
Peterson had said he expected the game to be "exciting and emotional." But coach Bob Stoops and Peterson's teammates said he didn't go out of his way to make it a special occasion.
"Nothing was really said about it, but we were all aware of it," quarterback Paul Thompson said. "It's kind of hard to tell when he's not fired up with how he runs, but you could definitely tell that he wanted to have a big game. And he did."
Stoops said Peterson told him the situation had been blown out of proportion and "TV is not a new invention, so he's been watching."
In between Peterson's big runs, Thompson hit Malcolm Kelly for touchdowns of 9 and 15 yards, the latter giving the Sooners a 24-7 halftime lead.
The Cyclones also lost a key player, cornerback and kick returner DeAndre Jackson to a knee injury on a kickoff return in the second quarter.
"I think (he) has a torn ACL. I think his career is over," coach Dan McCarney said of the senior who last season had five interceptions and averaged 24.6 yards on kickoff returns. "We lost one of the great young men and one of the greatest players in the history of Iowa State football."