t tight end Brody Eldridge
and tackle Chris Mess
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