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No candidate stands out in spring game

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma got no closer to choosing a new starting quarterback to succeed Jason White, as all three candidates struggled Saturday in the Sooners' spring game.

The defense stole the day as coaches limited the offensive playbook so opposing teams wouldn't be able to use the game for scouting when it's replayed on television.

After each quarterback took seven possessions leading the offense, the Sooners combined for nine first downs, and two of those came on defensive pass-interference penalties.

Paul Thompson finally led the Sooners on a scoring drive on his eighth possession, connecting with Quentin Chaney for a 38-yard gain to set up a 9-yard TD pass to Travis Wilson. Thompson finished with 131 yards on 13-for-24 passing and had perhaps the best of three lackluster days by the quarterbacks despite two interceptions.

Rhett Bomar completed 9-of-19 passes for 71 yards with two interceptions, and Tommy Grady was 5-for-15 for 33 yards.

"It was a little frustrating," said Bomar, a redshirt freshman. "As an offense we struggled, and that's an understatement a little bit.

"We've done good all spring, and we're not showing anything out here. We've got maybe a quarter of our plays we're showing on TV," he said.

Grady, another redshirt freshman, misfired on his first five attempts and never got on track.

"We really didn't open our playbook up much today, but the defense came and played great," Grady said. "It seemed like they knew what the play was before they ran it."

Thompson started the scrimmage with a pair of first downs before the opening drive stalled, and he led the Sooners to another first down before safety Tony Cade stepped in front of a pass for an interception.

"It was a little shaky at times, but I think overall as a team we did progress," Thompson said. "It might not have looked like it. There are a lot of things that the offense did well today, and I think that's what we can build on."

Coach Bob Stoops said he would meet with his offensive staff and start reviewing the competition before choosing a starter.

"We're not going to jump to anything here today," Stoops said. "As we sift through it, we'll start making some decisions on what direction we're going to go."

Before Chaney's catch in the fourth quarter, the longest offensive play of the day was a 28-yard pass from Bomar down the middle to tight end James Moses, but it was negated immediately when Moses fumbled and linebacker Rufus Alexander recovered the ball to end the drive.

The defense -- which forced five turnovers -- and special teams provided the other two touchdowns.

Lendy Holmes returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards down the left sideline for a score, and safety Darrien Williams intercepted Bomar's pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown.

Garrett Hartley hit from 42 yards on his only field-goal attempt of the scrimmage.