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*Peterson helps Oklahoma hang on against UAB*
(10) OKLAHOMA 24, UAB 17
NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Things went a little better for
Paul Thompson and Oklahoma this time around.
Thompson threw two touchdown passes and the 10th-ranked Sooners
leaned on star running back Adrian Peterson in the second half
to hold on for a 24-17 victory over UAB in the season opener for
Last year, Thompson entered the season as the starter against
TCU and was ineffective, completing just 11-of-26 passes for 109
yards and an interception in a 17-10 upset loss to the Horned
Thompson was moved to wide receiver in week two last season but
was shifted back to quarterback after Rhett Bomar was dismissed
from the team on August 2 after an investigation revealed he
received payment in excess of time worked at a local auto
Thompson got off to a strong start this year, tossing a 21-yard
touchdown pass to Joe John Finley to give the Sooners a 7-0 lead
midway through the first quarter.
UAB evened the game on a five-yard run by Corey White and
Thompson threw a pair of interceptions in the second quarter as
the teams went into the break tied at 7-7.
Oklahoma scored on three of its four possessions in the third
quarter as it made a concerted effort to get Peterson the ball.
After just nine touches in the first half, the Sooners called
Peterson's number 11 consecutive times to start the second half,
including a four-yard TD run that gave Oklahoma a 14-7 lead.
"We have got to be better," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "We
can't turn the ball over four times and win. We got lucky.
"I was pleased with what I did see. I saw Paul make a lot of
nice throws and reads and he handled the offense in a good way.
I saw AD run like he is capable of running. We just have to
take care of the ball and I believe we have the chance to
continue to get better and better."
The Blazers did not fold, taking the lead on a 24-yard TD pass
from Sam Hunt to White and a 32-yard field goal by Swayze
But UAB could not find a way to stop Peterson. The junior
sensation finished with 139 yards on 24 carries and his only
reception went for a 69-yard TD that gave Oklahoma the lead for
good, 21-17, with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
Thompson completed 14-of-24 passes for 227 yards for Oklahoma,
which received a 30-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley to cap
the scoring in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
"I am very pleased," Stoops said of Thompson. "I anticipated he
would play well. I really did feel good because he is very
"We really believe that he has a chance to be really good. We
just have to keep working him and get better as we work through
the year. Guys around him have got to make plays, too."
UAB went three-and-out on its last two possessions, and Oklahoma
ran out the clock behind Peterson as the Sooners improved to
7-1 in season openers and 42-2 at home under Stoops.
Hunt was 9-of-15 for 149 yards and added 62 yards rushing on 16
carries for UAB, which has won just two of its last 16 games
against ranked foes.
"Sam is Sam and you saw what he is," UAB coach Watson Brown
said. "He is as tough as nails and I thought he had great poise
for a kid that was playing in his first game. I was proud of
It was the first meeting between the schools.
"It's tough. I'm proud of the guys, but we are all
disappointed," Brown said. "We still have to play a little
better - some of the big plays on defense and too many penalties
to make up on offense. You can't rely on making all the plays
on those guys. You've got to play just as well as you can play
to beat them."