No. 17 Oklahoma 59, Middle Tennessee 0

Saturday, September 23rd 2006, 12:48 pm
By: News On 6

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Adrian Peterson and Malcolm Kelly made sure there was no doubt Oklahoma came away with a win this time.

Peterson scored three touchdowns, Kelly set a school record for receiving in a brilliant first quarter and the 17th-ranked Sooners scored 45 points in the first half on their way to a 59-to-0 win against Middle Tennessee Saturday night.

Paul Thompson threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns for the Sooners (3-1), who left nothing to chance after a 34-33 loss last week to Oregon that the Pacific-10 Conference later said was affected by an incorrect call.

Meanwhile, the Blue Raiders turned the ball over four times in the first half, leading to three of OU's six first-half touchdowns.

OU hadn't scored so many points in the first half since it led Houston 49-to-7 on its way to a 63-13 win in 2004.

Reggie Smith added a score on a 61-yard punt return early in the fourth quarter, and most of the Sooners' starters didn't play again after that.

Middle Tennessee was coming off a 44-to-0 shutout of Tennessee Tech, its most lopsided win in nearly five years, and followed that with one of the most overwhelming defeats in school history.