NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- His ankle injured and his team defeated,
Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson had few words to explain what
had just happened.
"Right now, I'm kind of shocked," he said.
He wasn't the only one.
TCU came up with its biggest upset in 45 years, stifling
Peterson and beating No. 7 Oklahoma 17-10 Saturday in the Sooners'
first home loss since 2001 and first loss in September under coach
The Horned Frogs (1-0) came out with a plan to stop Peterson and
make Oklahoma quarterback Paul Thompson beat them in his first
career start. It worked.
While Peterson, the Heisman Trophy runner-up as a freshman last
year, was held to 63 yards on 22 carries, TCU's Tye Gunn threw for
226 yards and a touchdown and Robert Merrill scored the decisive
touchdown on a 2-yard run with 11:56.
The Horned Frogs took advantage of a fumble by Sooners backup
quarterback Rhett Bomar. Bomar, who lost a quarterback competition
to Thompson but did well enough to earn playing time, fumbled while
retreating and trying to spin away from Jamison Newby. David
Hawthorne picked up the ball at the TCU 17, and Merrill took an
option pitch from Gunn and scored untouched four plays later. It
was one of four turnovers -- including four fumbles -- by the
"When we got the turnovers, their heads dropped," Hawthorne
said. "It wasn't the same OU team that you saw last year."
The Sooners had one final chance with 2:05 left, but Thompson --
charged with replacing 2003 Heisman winner Jason White -- fumbled on
a fourth down play with 1:03 left and the Horned Frogs recovered
and ran out the clock.
Oklahoma fans quickly filed out while TCU players gathered by
the band for the fight song amid the cheers of two sections of
purple-clad Frogs fans.
"We were just trying to make a statement that, 'Hey, we're
here," TCU offensive tackle Herbert Taylor said. "The Frogs come
to play. We play hard."
The Horned Frogs last beat a team so highly ranked on Oct. 29,
1960, when they defeated No. 7 Baylor 14-6. TCU also upset No. 2
Texas 14-9 on Nov. 14, 1959.
"I think that nine times out of 10, Oklahoma wins this game,"
TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "Today was our one. We got a chance
to show off on national TV and show America that TCU is not gone."
Peterson left the game briefly late in the third quarter with a
right ankle injury. He returned early in the fourth quarter after
having the ankle heavily taped, but lost yardage on three of his
five carries. He said he didn't know exactly what was wrong with
the ankle, and team doctors would have to re-examine it.
"It's feeling pretty good," he said. "It feels better than it
But Peterson was ineffective long before the injury. He had only
5 yards on eight first-half carries and gained 7 yards on a pair of
He briefly showed the form that helped him set a freshman
rushing record on the opening drive of the second half. He ran six
times for 43 yards and went untouched on an 11-yard touchdown run
around the right end to bring the Sooners within 10-7. Garrett
Hartley tied the game with a 21-yard field goal five plays after
Peterson was hurt.
But after that, the Sooners' offense went flat again.
Thompson threw an interception to end one drive and Lendy Holmes
was unable to handle a high fourth-down pass on another. Thompson
finished 11-for-26 for 109 yards.
"We just didn't have good execution," Thompson said. "TCU did
a good job of putting a stop to us, and we couldn't execute as well
as we needed to."
TCU was finally able to overcome poor field position on its
fourth drive thanks to Gunn's pinpoint passing. Gunn was 5-for-6 on
the drive and capped it by eluding the grasp of a diving Dusty
Dvoracek and hitting Derek Moore for a 16-yard TD pass.
After a three-and-out by the Sooners, Gunn hit running back
Lonta Hobbs for a 41-yard gain down the left sideline to set up a
25-yard field goal by Peter LoCoco.
Gunn, a senior, set a TCU record by opening his career with 10
straight wins, but injuries sidelined him after the Frogs' third
game last season.
He was slow to get up after defensive end John Williams planted
him on an option play late in the first half, but was able to walk
off the field without help. He returned two plays later.
"I said going into the ballgame that I thought there was a
little bit of an advantage in having a senior quarterback,"
Patterson said. "He gave me a scare .. and I told him to never do
Stoops, meanwhile, questioned his team's toughness and attitude.
"They came in here and beat us," he said, "and that is it."
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