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November 4, 2006
Patrick and Oklahoma run past Texas A&M
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -Allen Patrick ran for a career-high 173 yards and No. 18 Oklahoma sealed a 17-16 victory Saturday night over No. 21 Texas A&M by converting a fourth-and-inches from its own 29 with 1:29 remaining.
The Sooners won their fourth straight in coach Bob Stoops' 100th game at Oklahoma and broke a four-game winning streak by the Aggies.
The Aggies (8-2, 4-2 Big 12) had a chance to get the ball back when Oklahoma (7-2, 4-1) came up a couple of inches short on third down late in the fourth quarter. Stoops made a bold call, electing not to punt and putting the game in the hands of his offensive line.
The gamble paid off.
Paul Thompson's second effort on a sneak gave Oklahoma the first down, but the play ended up being moot. Texas A&M - home of the 12th man - was called for having 12 men on the field, giving the Sooners a first down and the ability to run out the clock.
Patrick now has 440 yards in the three games since replacing Adrian Peterson, who is out with a broken collarbone.
The Aggies got two late field goals to close the gap, but were foiled by their inability to convert two second-half turnovers by Oklahoma into any points. Texas A&M's defense forced fumbles by Patrick and Thompson on consecutive possessions, but the offense stalled both times and had to punt it away.
The Aggies cut the lead to 17-13 on a field goal by 19-yard field goal by Layne Neumann with 7:45 remaining and got within a point on a 39-yarder with less than four minutes to go.
The Sooners only points of the second half were set up by the defense.
Marcus Walker intercepted a pass by Stephen McGee and returned it 19 yards to the 6. The Sooners got a 23-yard field goal after Patrick was stopped for no gain and Thompson threw two incompletions to lead 17-10 with 7:31 left in the third quarter.
Patrick ran for 54 yards on Oklahoma's first drive and gave the Sooners an early lead when he scored on a 1-yard run. He had 14 carries for 101 yards in the first quarter.
The Aggies got out to a quick start too with Mike Goodson taking a pitch 58 yards to the 13-yard-line. But the Aggies were called for two penalties and had to settle for a field goal.
The Sooners went up 14-3 after Thompson scored on a 7-yard run later in the first. Oklahoma then tried an onside kick and it almost worked, but the ball squirted out from under a Sooner and Texas A&M recovered.
Working with the short field and bolstered by two Oklahoma penalties, the Aggies got within 14-10 when burly running back Jorvorskie Lane bulled in from the 1 for the touchdown in the second quarter. Lane finished with 13 carries for 62 yards.
The Sooners had 256 yards of offense and 220 of those yards came from the running game.