Mon, Nov 17, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Sooners dominate Baylor in Norman

AP , NORMAN, OKLAHOMA AND MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA

Notre Dame's Rashon Powers-Neal is up-ended by Brigham Young's James Allen After 8-yard gain during the first quarter in South Bend, Indiana, Saturday. The Fighting Irish (4-6) won the game 33-14 and finished the season 3-3 at home.

PHOTO: AP

Jason White threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma's defense didn't allow a touchdown for the third straight week, lifting the No. 1 Sooners to a 41-3 victory over Baylor on Saturday.

The win keeps Oklahoma on track for a berth in the Sugar Bowl, the site of the national title game.

Oklahoma cruised after jumping out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter, not a surprise after coach Bob Stoops was criticized for running up the score in a 77-0 rout of Texas A&M the week before.

White, the nation's leader in passing efficiency, had all of his touchdown passes in the first half as the Sooners rolled up 260 yards of offense and took a 34-3 lead.

White set the school single-season record for touchdown passes with 36, breaking Josh Heupel's mark of 33 in 1999.

Mark Clayton caught two touchdown passes from White, finishing with six receptions for 112 yards. Clayton broke Antwone Savage's school record for career receiving yards with 2,094 and extended his own marks for TD receptions in a season (14) and a career (22).

Baylor is 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the Big 12.

No. 2 Southern California 45, Arizona 0

In Tucson, Arizona, Mike Williams caught three touchdown passes to break Southern California's career record for scoring receptions -- with two games left in his sophomore season.

Williams caught 11 passes for 157 yards, including scoring plays of 15, 22 and 26 yards, and didn't play the last quarter.

His three TD catches tied a school record, and gave him 26 in his 23-game college career, breaking the USC career record of 25 touchdown receptions by Kevin Williams from 1977-1980.

It was one of several records broken as the Trojans (9-1, 5-1 Pac-10) took another step toward an appearance in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship.

Arizona (2-9, 1-6) was shut out for the first time in 146 games, dating to a 54-0 loss at Washington on Oct. 5, 1991.

Matt Leinart completed 22 of 30 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns before sitting down with 6{ minutes left in the third quarter. He ran his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 165, breaking the school record of 147 set last season by Carson Palmer.

LenDale White ran 43 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter, his 11th TD of the season, breaking Charles White's freshman record set in 1976.

No. 3 LSU 27, Alabama 3

In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Matt Mauck threw for 251 yards and two TDs, and LSU held Alabama scoreless until the fourth quarter.

The Tigers (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) moved within a game of Mississippi in the SEC West heading into next week's showdown in Oxford and kept pace with Southern California and Ohio State in the BCS standings.

Mauck took advantage of soft coverage by Alabama to connect 12 times with Michael Clayton for 130 yards, including a 23-yarder for a TD in the first quarter. Mauck finished 24-for-36.

The loss assured Alabama (4-7, 2-5) of its third losing season in seven years after having just one in the previous 40 years.

No. 4 Ohio St. 16,

No. 11 Purdue 13, OT

In Columbus, Ohio, Mike Nugent kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime and No. 4 Ohio State survived its third game this season without scoring an offensive touchdown.

Nugent could have won the game on the last play of regulation, but Purdue's Bobby Iwuchukwu leaped high to block a 41-yard try.

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