Why Adrian returned kicks
OU's Adrian Peterson
returned kicks for the first time as a Sooner, part of a strategy to prevent teams from benefiting by kicking away from Reggie Smith
"I hadn't done it since high school," Peterson said. "It takes work. You've got to read the blocks and understand and see what you've got set up."
Peterson had 68 yards on three returns, with a long of 28 yards.
• Fathers and sons:
The onside kick that set up Oregon's winning touchdown was executed by the Ducks third-string kicker — coach Mike Bellotti's
"He's the best guy for that type of kick on the football team," Bellotti said. "Obviously I'm very pleased for him, first of all because he's my son, and secondly because it gave our team a chance to win."
• Good series:
Saturday marked OU's third game with Oregon in 24 months. OU beat Oregon in Norman in 2004 and also played in the Holiday Bowl last December.
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione
said OU and Oregon have not discussed a future series.
In future seasons, OU has series with Miami, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee. The Sooners are in discussions with Ohio State about a series, as well.
• Bad series:
Late in the first half, OU had first down at the Oregon 7, but settled for a field goal when the offensive line committed three straight penalties.
OU had first down at the 2 after a pass interference penalty.