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. Highlights 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 White. 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. If we get the call from the doctors or trainer that he can't go, then we won't do that. He was OK to play.'' Peterson said the play was made simple by what was in front of him. "I felt better,'' he said. "The coaches make the calls and they did. I just go out there and run. And the offensive line did a great job opening the holes for me.'' There weren't many holes for most of the day. The Aggies' defense limited Peterson to his lowest per carry average of the season -- 3.5 yards. Texas A&M keyed on Peterson and tried to influence his running to the heart of the defense. When Peterson got outside, the Aggies made sure he stayed there and wasn't able to turn and run. "They did a nice job of stringing him out to try and keep him on the edge,'' Long said. "I think at times he may have strung it out himself too long instead of just sticking it up in there. It was a tough 100 yards.'' Getting more than 100 yards helped keep Peterson's Heisman hopes alive. For the season, the freshman has 1,373 yards. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Peterson should be "well'' for next week's game against Nebraska. The left shoulder was the same one Peterson dislcoated in a preseason scrimmage. Following that injury Peterson missed nearly two weeks of practice.
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