No. 20 Sooners face life without Peterson

Sunday, October 15th 2006, 4:19 pm
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ If Adrian Peterson plays for Oklahoma again this season, it'll be in a bowl game.

Whether it's a BCS game or a some pre-New Year's Day bowl in a less-than glamorous location is up to his teammates.

Peterson broke his collarbone at the end of a 53-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of yesterday's 34-to-9 win against Iowa State. A bowl game return is considered the best-case scenario, and that leaves 20th-ranked Oklahoma (4-2, 1-1 Big 12) seeking ways to get by without their best player for the second straight season.

Allen Patrick and Jacob Gutierrez are the only two left from the reserves who filled in when Peterson was nursing a sprained ankle last year, and they'll most likely split time in Oklahoma's backfield.