COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson carried his dislocated left shoulder off the field with the game and the Sooners' season in the balance.
The next offensive series, Peterson, shoulder
back in place, carried himself past 100 yards for a
record-setting ninth straight time and, maybe more
importantly, his team to a win over Texas A&M and
a possible national championship game.
"Every game I gain respect for Adrian in some
other way,'' said Oklahoma quarterback Jason
Peterson's shoulder was dislocated after a 6-yard
run with eight minutes left in a 35-35 game. The
freshman was escorted off the field, and the OU
medical staff put the shoulder back in place.
After going up 42-35, OU was in need of a sustained drive and faced a third-and-two. The Sooners
turned to Peterson. He got four on the play and the
Sooners kept the ball until the 1:09 mark. That run
also put Peterson at 101 yards on 29 carries.
"We needed his power in there,'' said offensive
coordinator Chuck Long. "We certainly don't want
to put somebody in harm's way.