NORMAN — Continuing our look at the top 15 Oklahoma football players in the Bob Stoops era, we remember the 2004 Heisman Trophy runner-up and current Minnesota Vikings superstar who continues to amaze the country with his once-in-a-lifetime talent.
Jersey No.: 28
Position: Running back
Years played: 2004-06
Hometown: Palestine, Texas
Big 12 championships: 2
National championships: 0
Notable: Was a five-star prospect in 2004 and one of the most coveted recruits in recent memory. … Chose OU over offers from Arkansas, Miami, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC. … Rushed for 1,925 yards and 15 touchdowns as a true freshman in 2004, helping the Sooners to an undefeated regular season, Big 12 championship and a berth in the BCS national-title game. … His 1,925 rushing yards are still an OU single-season rushing record. … Led the country with 339 carries as a true freshman. … Was the Heisman Trophy runner-up that year, losing to USC quarterback Matt Leinart. … Ranks third in program history in career rushing yardage (4,045) behind only Billy Sims (4,118) and Joe Washington (4,071). … Skipped his senior season of college to enter the 2007 NFL Draft, and was selected seventh overall by the Minnesota Vikings. … Rushed for 2,097 yards for the Vikings in 2012 — the second-most rushing yards in one season in NFL history — and was named the league MVP.
THREE MEMORABLE GAMES
Oklahoma 12, Texas 0
When: Oct. 9, 2004
Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas
Peterson’s day: Carried the ball 32 times, rushing for 225 yards — a 7-yard per carry average — and helping the Sooners beat Texas for a fifth straight season. … Opened the Sooners’ second offensive drive of the game with a 44-yard run.
Oklahoma 38, Oklahoma State 35
When: Oct. 30, 2004
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater
Peterson’s day: Carried the ball 33 times for 249 yards and a touchdown, which came midway through the third quarter. He took a pitch from Jason White, spun through a crowd of seven Cowboys and sprinted away for an 80-yard touchdown that put the Sooners up 35-21. … On his very next carry, Peterson gained 56 yards. … The performance marked his eighth-straight game with at least 100 yards rushing.
Oklahoma 31, Tulsa 15
When: Sept. 10, 2005
Where: Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman
Peterson’s day: A narrow victory over a mid-major may seem strange to see on this list, but make no mistake — Tulsa likely would’ve shocked the Sooners if not for every single one of Peterson’s 32 carries and 220 yards. … With just over three minutes remaining and OU clinging to a 17-15 lead, Peterson took a handoff on fourth-and-one, ran over a Tulsa defender, was spun around by another several yards downfield and finally sprinted away for the game-clinching touchdown. … Peterson carried the ball on 19 of OU’s 28 second-half plays, and accounted for 88.1 percent of the Sooners’ 269 total yards of offense that day.