Sunday, November 5, 2006


Sooners inch past Aggies


College Station, Texas - Allen Patrick ran for a career-high 173 yards and No. 18 Oklahoma sealed a 17-16 victory Saturday night over No. 21 Texas A&M; by converting a fourth-and-inches from its own 29 with 1:29 remaining.

The Sooners won their fourth straight in coach Bob Stoops' 100th game at Oklahoma and broke a four-game winning streak by the Aggies.

The Aggies (8-2, 4-2 Big 12) had a chance to get the ball back when Oklahoma (7-2, 4-1) came up a couple of inches short on third down late in the fourth quarter. Stoops made a bold call, electing not to punt and putting the game in the hands of his offensive line.

The gamble paid off.

Paul Thompson's second effort on a sneak gave Oklahoma the first down, but the play ended up being moot. Texas A&M; - home of the 12th man - was called for having 12 men on the field, giving the Sooners a first down and the ability to run out the clock.

Patrick now has 440 yards in the three games since replacing Adrian Peterson, who is out with a broken collarbone.

The Aggies got two late field goals to close the gap, but were foiled by their inability to convert two second-half turnovers by Oklahoma into any points. Texas A&M;'s defense forced fumbles by Patrick and Thompson on consecutive possessions, but the offense stalled both times and had to punt it away.

No. 4 Texas 36, Oklahoma State 10

Austin, Texas - Colt McCoy threw three touchdowns passes to break the Texas single-season record and the Longhorns stayed in control of the Big 12 South.

McCoy also had a career-high 346 yards on 23-of-29 passing for Texas (9-1, 6-0), which had to rally to win its previous four games but seized control early in this one.

McCoy's 27 touchdown passes broke the school mark of 26 shared by Vince Young (2005) and Chris Simms (2002). The redshirt freshman is two shy of the NCAA freshman season record of 29, set by Nevada's David Neill in 1998.

While McCoy had a career night, Bobby Reid had a miserable time for Oklahoma State (5-4, 2-3).

Reid, the third-rated passer in the country, was 11-of-28 for 123 yards and two interceptions and consistently misfired high and short of open receivers.

Texas Tech 55, Baylor 21

Lubbock, Texas - Graham Harrell threw for four touchdowns - three of them to Joel Filani - and 483 yards to lead the Red Raiders (6-4, 3-3).

It was the second straight week Harrell has put up big passing numbers. Last week he threw for 519 yards in Tech's loss to Texas.

Baylor freshman Blake Szymanski made his first collegiate start, struggling at times to move the Bears (4-6, 3-3 Big 12). He completed 16 of 30 passes for 196 yards with an interception and a touchdown. He ran for two 3-yard scores.

Szymanski replaced Shawn Bell, the nation's No. 4 passer, who is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the fourth quarter of Baylor's 31-21 loss to Texas A&M; last week.


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