By Bruce Campbell Staff Writer



NORMAN -- The price of Oklahoma-Texas tickets might have gone up a little bit after the unranked Sooners defeated Kansas State 43-21 in their Big 12 Conference football opener Saturday night.

The Sooners (2-2) are expected to be double-digit underdogs to the No. 2-ranked Longhorns (4-0), but they left Owen Field with more reason for optimism after an uncharacteristic 1-2 start.

OU did not have any turnovers. Quarterback Rhett Bomar was sacked only once. The Sooners had six sacks of their own. OU scored 33 of its 43 points after All-American Adrian Peterson left the game with an ankle injury midway through the second period.

"I like the fact that the players feel it and have some life in them," said OU coach Bob Stoops. "They are excited and realize that this is a big week and a huge game in the Big 12 South.

"We have a great opportunity to go down and win. That is what we are always shooting for and we will be ready to go after it. ... We feel like we are making great strides, too, and traditionally we have matched up with them."

The Sooners have beaten Texas five years in a row. The only longer OU winning streak over the Longhorns lasted six games from 1952-57.

"Whatever extra time we need to put in as far as watching film or extra practice, we'll do it," said Sooners linebacker Clint Ingram. "We're willing to do it because the way we worked in the off week really paid off for us."

Bomar had been thrown for 88 yards in losses in OU's first three games, and Sooners quarterbacks had been sacked seven times. Bomar's only play for a loss proved to be one of the turning points of the game. After a 2-yard loss, K-State was penalized 15 yards for a late hit. Peterson ran 22 yards for a touchdown the next play.

"He is a very smart quarterback," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder of Bomar. "(OU offensive coordinator Chuck Long) does a good job with him. I saw him make an awful lot of progress from game two to game three, and I think he played well today. I like the way he carries himself. I like the way he handles himself in the huddle, the leadership, the command of the offense."

Bomar benefited from new receiver Paul Thompson, who lost the starting quarterback battle to the Grand Prairie, Texas, redshirt freshman. Thompson caught two passes for 21 yards.

"The guys really put everything together, offensively and defensively," Thompson said. "We had been working on a lot of things, and it showed."

Bomar, for the second straight week, connected with six different receivers. Four receivers had receptions of 10 yards or more.

OU was only five of 14 on third down conversions (35.7 percent). They had gone into the game with a 31 percent success rate.

Kansas State, which was averaging 253 yards a game rushing, had only 22 yards Saturday. Then again, Wildcats quarterback Allen Webb won't be mistaken for Texas' Vince Young.

"Well, how do you want me to measure it," said Snyder when asked to evaluate his offense. "On a scale of one to 10, we were a zero."



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