Video Clip: Adrian Peterson wicked run in Holiday Bowl but called back because of penalty

Video Clip: Look who is joining Adrian Peterson in the sooner backfield

ESPN gives bowl viewers A.D. all day article about ESPN's coverage of Adrian Peterson throughout the game Instant Analysis of the Holiday Bowl
...Was Adrian Peterson down on a pile-up at the Oregon 1 early in the fourth quarter, when the Big Ten crew ruled he had fumbled? It's more than a little ironic that after losing to Texas Tech precisely because replay officials thought Taurean Henderson had not stopped fighting in a pile-up, OU was about to get jobbed again because officials thought another running back--this time, Peterson--had not stopped battling for yardage in a pile-up. From this writer's perspective, it sure looked as though the play's action had ended, and that the stack of bodies had arrived at a point of clear rest. But in defense of the officials--and Oregon fans who thought Peterson did fumble--one cannot deny that Peterson, like several other OU backs and receivers, stupidly (and weirdly) tried to reach the ball out for an extra yard. (One has to wonder why several Sooner ballcarriers reached out the ball near midfield. What the heck were they thinking?) The old sports truism must be revived here: you don't put yourself in position to get screwed. In different language, you don't give the refs a chance to make a bad call.

The Legend of Adrian Peterson grows... AD suffered a cut on his forehead, in a bizarre accident on the sideline. He re-entered the game with a big bandage on his forehead. You could see the blood coming thru the bandage. Holly Rowe of ESPN claims he had 5 stitches put in. Carey Murdock confirmed, stitches, on KREF.

OU beat Oregon 17-14. Adrian Peterson ran hard, like a mad man, yards were tough the first half, and a 17 yard loss hurt his average. Bad snap to Bomar, Bomar hands it to AD with 4 Ducks in his face, 17 yard loss.
Adrian Peterson carried the ball 23 times for 86 yards.

ESPN Bowl Overview

It was over when... Clint Ingram picked off Brady Leaf's pass at the Sooners? 10-yard line with 33 seconds left to finally silence Oregon's attempt at a come-"quack".
Gameball goes to... Adrian Peterson. The sophomore managed just 8 yards in the first half, but wouldn't quit. He kept pounding away to spark the entire Sooners' offense in the second half and finished with 23 carries for 86 yards.
Stat of the game... Clint Ingram's game-saving interception was his fifth of the season for the Sooners.

17.6% of Bowl Pick'em players picked Oklahoma to win the game. Ha Ha, you f'n idiots!

Peterson made it back (Article 12/27/05)

Sooners' Peterson back in Heisman-candidate form (December 25, 2005)

Adrian Peterson & Oklahoma seek to salvage disappointing season (December 25, 2005)

Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson feeds a fish to a Pacific bottlenose dolphin at the Dolphin Encounter as other football team players look on during a team visit to Seaworld on Saturday, then Tuesday on the USS Nimitz

Sooners arrived in San Diego on Friday. And had a killer practice
Adrian Peterson Holiday Bowl Practice pics, 12/23/05

Sooner running back Adrian Peterson was the first player surrounded by San Diego media and was promptly asked to reflect on coming back from an injury earlier in the season.

"You just have to take things in stride," explained Peterson. "My Dad always told me life was like a light switch. Things cut on and cut off and what matters is how you handle it. But, it was frustrating at times. Especially with how I like to compete. It was hard setting out almost four games. It was killing me."

The media also questioned Peterson about his thoughts on the Heisman. "Oh, it's been something that I've been dreaming about since I was young, so sure, it's something I'd like to accomplish."
Peterson was quick to add that the team was his main focus. "Our team goals are more important -- winning the Big 12 and giving ourselves a chance to compete for the national championship."

The media then asked Peterson if winning the national title at Oklahoma would mean more to him than the Heisman. "Oh yeah," said Peterson, "Most definitely."

Peterson finally got to talk about OU's Holiday Bowl opponent when he was questioned about the Oregon defense. "After playing them last year and watching them this year -- their front four (defensive linemen) are huge. Their linebackers are good, their cornerbacks are good and their safeties are good. It's going to be something to see us collide."

Booming Sooners article (Adrian Peterson ran for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns vs the Ducks last year)

Its Deja Vu, all over again, hee hee, Adrian Peterson makes the OSU Cowboys piss their pants
Rhett, you gotta get your arms up next time, just like Jason

Ivan Maisel likes Adrian Peterson as the favorite to win the Heisman next year
Monday, December 12
"At the Heisman Trophy press conferences Saturday night, I listened to Texas quarterback Vince Young's disappointment at finishing second and considered whether he or Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn would be the Heisman favorite next year. So I thought a little more and chose … Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson."

Staying home OK with Peterson article from NewsOK

Ultra Rare, Adrian Peterson pics from High School article about Adrian Peterson by Ivan Maisel 12/01/05

OU will take on the Oregon Ducks in the Holiday Bowl, December 29th in San Diego. Adrian Peterson should finally be 100%.

Adrian Peterson's best play of the year? My boy BigCrimsonTX posted this Adrian Peterson video

Adrian Peterson has been named the national offensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Foundation

Adrian Peterson 84 yard touchdown run video
Adrian Peterson 71 yard touchdown run video

Adrian Peterson dominates OSU. Adrian Peterson reaches over 1,000 yards rushing this season while missing most or all of 4 games. 237 yards rushing. Adrian had runs of 84 yards and 71 yards for touchdowns in the 2nd half, to seal the game. He's money folks. Wait till next year, Adrian will be stronger and faster. With Bomar and the WRs, and AD OU will win at least 10 games.

OU ROBBED in LUBBOCK, VIDEO EVIDENCE This was the worse officiated game in recent history. Too many bad calls. And the guy in the video booth was horrible. How did Tech get a first down ???? HOW?
The TD at the end of the game, why didn't the guy in the booth get this ANGLE?

Adrian Peterson ran for 108 yards on 29 carries, with 2 touchdowns. I clutch TD run with less than 2 minutes. Absolutely embarrasing Tech cornerback Khalid Naziruddin.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 135 yards on 27 carries, 2 TD, vs Texas A&M (per SoonersSports Live Stats)
OU wins 36 - 30

Adrian Peterson is BACK, 24 carries for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. Adrian Peterson says he is at about 90%. Wait till Adrian is at 100%.

Stoops on having Adrian Peterson back:
"It was great to have him back. Everyone talks about how talented he is and to me he is just so tough and competitive when he plays and when he runs. To have him out there, I think everyone feeds off him too. The other players see it and he just has a tough, hard-nosed presence to him. He was big."

Rhett Bomar on the return of OU running back Adrian Peterson:
“Adrian is a great player.  It was a big boost to our running game to have him back in the lineup."

Adrian Peterson....
On the win:

“This game was a big step for us, but now we have to stay consistent through the rest of the season."

On Oklahoma's running game:
“We came into this game wanting to establish a running game, and that's exactly what we did today."

On his physical condition:
“I'm alright.  Hopefully, with a week off, I'll be back to 100 percent."

Calvin Thibodeaux on the mood of the team after the return of Adrian Peterson:
“For our team, it was a big lift for our team to have Adrian back today.  He's the sort of back that you can give 30 carries to.  Having him back out there was a big boost."

The baddest player on the planet, Adrian Peterson

On his first quarter touchdown run:
“On that run, I was determined to get into the end zone."

Peterson may miss game: It’s looking more and more like Oklahoma may decide to rest All-American running back Adrian Peterson Saturday against Baylor. Peterson has been hampered by an ankle injury since Oct. 1. He’s tried to play on the ankle two straight weeks, but hasn’t been able to go full-speed.

Adrian Peterson did not suit up for practice Tuesday. A decision on his playing status won’t be announced until at least Thursday.

“We’re going to see how the week goes,” OU coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday. “We’ve been a little frustrated, as is he, what the right answer is. Should we rest him more? We’ll determine that probably on Thursday. ... It’s frustrating because do we just sit him and allow him to heal and try and get what we can by the end of the year at some point? Or do you keep trying to push through?”

Stoops said he did not feel Peterson’s availability meant a lot either way in terms of Baylor’s preparation for Saturday’s game.

“I don’t think it does,” Stoops said. “Not at this point. I don’t know. They’d have to answer that. I don’t know that it would change their thought process a whole lot.”

Running back Adrian Peterson did not practice Monday and probably will not practice again this week as coaches and trainers try to get his injured right ankle back to full strength. Coach Bob Stoops said this may be the best way to get Peterson fully healed.

It's possible that Peterson will not play against Baylor. Against Kansas on Saturday, it was clear that Peterson was still bothered by the injury suffered several weeks ago as he ran five times for minus-4 yards and fumbled a pitch.

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Sunday he expects tailback Adrian Peterson to be able to play in the Sooners' game next week at Kansas after being limited by a sprained right ankle during a loss to Texas on Saturday.

Stoops said Peterson did not play enough during the 45-12 loss to the second-ranked Longhorns to make the injury worse and should be closer to full speed when the Sooners face Kansas on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo.

"He got better and better as the week went and was close the other day. He just didn't have the lateral movement and the pace that he needs," Stoops said.

Peterson, who aggravated the ankle injury Oct. 1 against Kansas State, had only three carries for 10 yards against Texas.

The runner-up for the Heisman Trophy last season, Peterson has 402 yards on 88 carries this season with eight touchdowns. He set a freshman record last year with 1,925 rushing yards.

Adrian Peterson cleared to play Saturday

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops says running back Adrian Peterson has been cleared by doctors to return to practice and play Saturday against Texas.

Peterson missed a second straight day of practice yesterday, but Stoops says coaches wanted him to wait until today to return.

Peterson was injured during the second quarter last Saturday after rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown. He didn't return but Stoops says he could've played in the second half if needed.

OU takes on Texas starting at noon Saturday in Dallas.

Adrian Peterson sat out Oklahoma's practice because of a right ankle injury, with Sooners coach Bob Stoops saying he hopes the star running back will be able to play Saturday against No. 2 Texas. Peterson aggravated the injury in the second quarter of Oklahoma's 43-21 win against Kansas State on Saturday. He wore a boot Monday at practice



Added KSU pics

Adrian Peterson rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Stoops says, he'll be ready for Texas. Lets hope Adrian Peterson gets healthy soon.

2005 is a learning experience for Adrian Peterson

Asked whether the North Texas tailback tandem of Patrick Cobbs and Jamario Thomas was better than the Sooners' Adrian Peterson, KSU senior defensive end Tearrius George, had to laugh. "That's what the statistics say, but I don't know," George said. "Peterson runs hard."
I'm still laughing, Adrian Peterson is the best running. And he'll prove it, in the NFL.

Added Adrian Peterson UCLA pics

Look for the Sooners to come on vs. KSU and smoke the Wildcats. Adrian Peterson will rush for over 120 yards. Bomar will throw for over 200 yards. OU will get better every week.

News before the UCLA game

Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson missed practice Monday and won't practice Tuesday because of a classroom issue.

"Adrian is not practicing on Monday or Tuesday due to a class attendance issue," OU coach Bob Stoops said in a statement released by the school. "We anticipate that he will play in this week's game and that this matter will be behind us after Tuesday's practice." Come on Adrian, go to class bro

Just before Adrian Peterson ripped off his game-clinching 41-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one Saturday, Peterson told Braxton in the huddle that if he took care of his block, he’d go the distance.
”Adrian told me he’d do it if I just got my guy,” said the 19-year-old Braxton. “Then he went and did it.”
In explaining his run, Peterson said, “Big Branndon Braxton just smashed his dude.”

“It looked like little kids,” said OU offensive lineman Davin Joseph, “trying to hang on to a train.” Davin talking about Tulsa trying to tackle Adrian Peterson. Peterson carried the ball on 19 of OU’s 28 second-half plays and 32 of 58 overall. Add two catches for 17 yards, and the sophomore tailback accounted for 88.1 percent of OU’s 269 total yards. Peterson ran over right tackle. Near the line of scrimmage, he met and mauled Tulsa cornerback Roy Roberts. Fifteen yards downfield, he was spun around by linebacker Alain Karatepeyan. After a few yards backpedaling, Peterson turned around and was gone.

Video Clip of some runs from the Tulsa game, of Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson vs. Tulsa pics

Video of TCU and Tulsa

OU wins 31-15, Adrian Peterson rushes for 220 yards and 3 TDs.

Adrian Peterson, Sooners rally to beat Tulsa

Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Adrian Peterson's 41-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter lifted 18th-ranked Oklahoma to a 31-15 win over Tulsa in non-conference action at Memorial Stadium.

Peterson finished with 220 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries for the Sooners (1-1), who rebounded from last weekend's loss to TCU. Clint Ingram added a 50-yard interception return for a score in the win.

"We ran it well and did what we needed to do," Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said. "It was good to get a win again, anyway you do it. My compliments go to coach Kragthorpe and his staff. They do an excellent job over there at Tulsa and fortunately we played well enough and made some plays in the second half to win."

Oklahoma will travel to UCLA next Saturday, while Tulsa heads to North Texas.

After Peterson's one-yard touchdown run gave the Sooners a 7-0 lead, Brad DeVault kicked three straight field goals to give Tulsa a two-point lead late in the third quarter.

DeVault booted a 52-yarder early in the second quarter to get Tulsa on the scoreboard. He then kicked a 22-yard field goal with five seconds left in the first half and his 19-yard chip shot with 5:36 to go in the third stanza gave the Golden Hurricane a 9-7 edge.

Oklahoma, though, took back the lead at 14-9 on Peterson's second one-yard TD run of the afternoon with 4:16 to go in the third quarter. Garrett Hartley then split the uprights from 29 yards out early in the fourth quarter, giving the Sooners a 17-9 lead.

Smith's one-yard touchdown run minutes later pulled Tulsa within 17-15 after the two-point conversion failed. But Peterson ripped off a 41-yard touchdown run that gave OU a comfortable lead with 3:04 left in the game.

Ingram's 50-yard interception return for a TD with three seconds left in the contest completed the scoring.

Pregame info prior to Tulsa:

Peterson looks sharp: Adrian Peterson’s ankle injury suffered Saturday appears to be minor. The sophomore All-American had no problem running Monday.

Stoops said Peterson ran his final 200-yard conditioning run at the end of the two-plus hour practice in 24 seconds.

"We did some things to their young quarterbacks," Patterson (TCU Coach) said. "No one could tackle Adrian Peterson a year ago. We wanted to make sure, though, that they were going to have to throw the football to beat us."

Added TCU pics

NORMAN, Okla. -- His ankle injured and his team defeated, Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson had few words to explain what had just happened.

"Right now, I'm kind of shocked," he said. He wasn't the only one.

TCU came up with its biggest upset in 45 years, stifling Peterson and beating No. 7 Oklahoma 17-10 Saturday in the Sooners' first home loss since 2001 and first loss in September under coach Bob Stoops.

The Horned Frogs (1-0) came out with a plan to stop Peterson and make Oklahoma quarterback Paul Thompson beat them in his first career start. It worked.
While Peterson, the Heisman Trophy runner-up as a freshman last year, was held to 63 yards on 22 carries, TCU's Tye Gunn threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and Robert Merrill scored the decisive touchdown on a 2-yard run with 11:56.

The Horned Frogs took advantage of a fumble by Sooners backup quarterback Rhett Bomar. Bomar, who lost a quarterback competition to Thompson but did well enough to earn playing time, fumbled while retreating and trying to spin away from Jamison Newby. David Hawthorne picked up the ball at the TCU 17, and Merrill took an option pitch from Gunn and scored untouched four plays later. It was one of four turnovers -- including four fumbles -- by the Sooners.

"When we got the turnovers, their heads dropped," Hawthorne said. "It wasn't the same OU team that you saw last year."

The Sooners had one final chance with 2:05 left, but Thompson -- charged with replacing 2003 Heisman winner Jason White -- fumbled on a fourth down play with 1:03 left and the Horned Frogs recovered and ran out the clock.