GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If this was Adrian Peterson's final game
at Oklahoma, he tried to leave Sooners fans with a tremendous
Held in check through most of his first game in nearly three
months, Peterson ran 25 yards for a score on the opening play of
overtime, but could only watch as Boise State's Ian Johnson trumped
it with the game-winning 2-point conversion run in the Broncos'
43-42 win over the seventh-ranked Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl on
"I've got a little time. So basically, I'll just sit back. I'll have time to relax and go over things and then I'll make my decision."
-- Adrian Peterson
"My head is just spinning right now," Peterson said after the
A sure-fire first-round NFL draft pick, he has yet to announce
whether he'll return for his senior season. The bruising, 6-foot-2
tailback would have millions of dollars awaiting him in the NFL.
About the only thing that could keep him in college is a shot at
two prizes that have eluded him -- the Heisman Trophy and a national
Playing in his first game since breaking his collarbone, the
2004 Heisman runner-up came up well shy of his goal of 200 yards
and even the 151 yards he needed to break 1978 Heisman Trophy
winner Billy Sims' school career record of 4,118.
He ended up with a season-low 77 yards on 20 carries but saved
one last spectacular play as perhaps the finishing touch on an
On the Sooners' first play of overtime, Peterson swept left down
the sideline and into the end zone to make it 42-35.
But he could only watch as Boise State pulled out all its tricks
to win it.
As Johnson ran untouched around the left side with the handoff
from a "Statue of Liberty" play, Peterson could only point to the
left from the sideline.
"They had some trick plays throughout the game, and I just kind
of had a feeling," Peterson said. "It was a nice play. They
capitalized on it, and they came out with the victory."
When it was over, he walked by himself toward the Sooners'
locker room, perhaps for the final time. But he said he hasn't made
that decision yet.
"I've got a little time. So basically, I'll just sit back,"
Peterson said. "I'll have time to relax and go over things and
then I'll make my decision."
The touchdown run would be a fitting end for a career that began
in spectacular fashion.
As a freshman, Peterson reeled off an unprecedented nine
straight 100-yard games and became the first frosh to finish as
high as second in the Heisman Trophy voting. He set an NCAA
freshman record with 1,925 yards rushing in helping the Sooners to
the BCS title game, a 55-19 loss to Southern California.
After that, his path to greatness was blocked by injuries. He
had shoulder surgery in the offseason following his freshman year
and then missed parts of four games with a sprained ankle as a
This season, it was a broken collarbone that abruptly ended his
Heisman campaign. At the time of the Oct. 14 injury, Peterson was
second in the nation in rushing. Without him, Oklahoma finished the
season with seven straight wins -- including one in the Big 12 title
game -- to earn a Fiesta Bowl berth and perhaps a more glorious exit
Peterson seemed to be checking out the atmosphere in pregame
drills, gazing at all four corners of the stadium before starting
passing drills in the north end zone.
He was one of the first Sooners to charge out behind the team's
horse-drawn mascot, the Sooner Schooner, before the game and he
shared a few moments with former Sooners fullback J.D. Runnels and
roommate Marcus Walker along Oklahoma's sideline.
It was Peterson that ran alongside Juaquin Iglesias from the end
zone to the 25-yard line after the receiver caught the tying
2-point conversion pass before leaping in the air and pumping his
fist. He then joined Walker near the eastern stands after the
cornerback's 33-yard score on an interception return with 1:02
remaining put Oklahoma up 35-28.
Peterson again put the Sooners in the lead with his second
touchdown run of the night, but it wasn't enough to claim a victory
But Peterson said the outcome of the game wouldn't affect his
"It hurts. Obviously I wanted to win. I always want to win,"