Why Adrian returned kicksOU'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 son, Luke. "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. But tight end Brody Eldridge and tackle Chris Mess ner were flagged for false starts, and then Messner was penalized for holding, pushing OU back to the 22. Even before the penalties, the line was struggling during the possession, which started at the Oregon 20 after a muffed punt. On three runs up the middle, Peterson managed 3, 1 and zero yards. • Booing Leaf: Midway through the second quarter, on Oregon's fifth possession, junior quarterback Brady Leaf replaced starter Dennis Dixon, drawing boos from Ducks fans. The boos intensified when Leaf mishandled a shotgun snap on the first play, and when Oregon went three and out. Leaf, the brother of former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, didn't play again. Although he helped lead Oregon's near-rally against OU in the Holiday Bowl, Leaf had played sparingly in the Ducks' first two games after Dixon was named the starter. • 28 times two: Call the battle for No. 28 a draw. Adrian Peterson put up big numbers, rushing for 145 yards in the fourth quarter. But Oregon's Jonathan Stewart was the more consistent of the two jersey-mates, averaging just under 50 yards per quarter. The Sooner Heisman hopeful struggled against a big Oregon line, while "the next Adrian Peterson" ran with some ease through and around the OU front. Peterson rushed 34 times for 211 yards and a score. Stewart finished with 144 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Each back rushed for just over six yards per carry. By George Schroeder and Blake Jackson
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