STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma survived another dicey trip to Oklahoma State, and the difference this time was Adrian Peterson.
The star freshman rushed for 249 yards and Cowboys kicker Jason Ricks missed a 49-yard field goal with 11 seconds left - giving the second-ranked Sooners a 38-35 victory over their pesky rivals Saturday.
Mark Bradley caught a career-high three touchdown passes for Oklahoma (8-0, 5-0, Big 12), which has won two straight over the Cowboys since losing the Bedlam Series game in 2001 and 2002 that knocked the Sooners out of the national title hunt.
"I reminded the guys that our 2000 national championship run team won 12-7 here and went on to finish it out," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "A lot of it sets up similarly here."
Peterson had an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put Oklahoma up 35-21 and a 56-yarder on his next carry that broke the school freshman record of 1,184 yards set by De'Mond Parker in 1996.
Peterson now has eight consecutive 100-yard games and 1,272 yards this year.
He won the running back battle over the Cowboys' Vernand Morency, who had just 93 yards on 17 carries, breaking his streak of nine straight regular-season games with at least 100 yards.
But Morency, the nation's third leading rusher coming in, also had two touchdowns in the second half, including a 4-yard rush on an option that pulled Oklahoma State within 38-35 with 10:34 left.
"I will take my football team and play anyone in this country," Oklahoma State coach Les Miles said.
"I like this team. I like the fight in this ball club. I like the resolve."
No. 20 Oklahoma State (6-2, 3-2) took possession at its own 19 with 2:44 remaining. Donovan Woods' 17-yard completion to Morency and the quarterback's pair of 3-yard rushes put the Cowboys in Ricks' range.
But the freshman, whose 28-yard field goal with 55 seconds left beat Missouri last week, pulled his kick wide left and Oklahoma ran out the clock. Ricks is now 0-for-3 on kicks of more than 40 yards.
"I was not very nervous about the field goal," Sooners linebacker Rufus Alexander said. "If they make it, we go into overtime and play defense. We just wanted to win so we could get out of here."
Bradley caught touchdown passes of 72, 23 and 4 yards - all in the first half as Sooners quarterback Jason White used the passing game to burn a defense focused on stopping Peterson.
Peterson got rolling in the second half after Woods' 39-yard touchdown pass to Prentiss Elliott pulled Oklahoma State to 28-21. Peterson broke loose from his own 20, spinning through a tackle, bursting through the line and sprinting away from the pack to push the lead back to 14.
"It's tough to believe he's a freshman," Miles said.
Peterson did not speak to reporters after the game.
The Sooners leaned heavily on Peterson in the second half as White completed only one pass after halftime. Peterson had 196 yards in the second half, and his rushing used time in the fourth quarter.
White, the Heisman Trophy winner, finished 14-for-26 for 221 yards and three touchdowns.
The Sooners took a 21-14 halftime lead on White's 23-yard pass to Bradley, who was wide open in the corner of the end zone.
Bradley's 72-yard catch and run after he tipped the ball to himself on a crossing pattern pulled the Sooners even at 14-14. He also beat Cowboys safety Jon Holland for a 4-yard score in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.
"They were dropping off in coverage, leaving the under routes wide open," White said.
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