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Sooners get past Aggies

NCAA FOOTBALL Oklahoma countered Texas A&M's scoring machine with hard running by freshman back Adrian Peterson and five TD throws by QB Jason White

AP , COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

Running back Adrian Peterson of the University of Oklahoma Sooners runs against the Texas A&M University Aggies at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas on Saturday.

PHOTO: AFP

Jason White threw five touchdown passes, including the decisive one with 6:43 left, and second-ranked Oklahoma overcame Texas A&M's explosive offense and special teams trickery for a 42-35 victory Saturday.

Oklahoma handed Texas A&M a loss for the ages last season -- 77-0, the worst in the 108-year history of Aggies football. But the rematch was a battle from start to finish for the Sooners (9-0, 6-0 Big 12).

White, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was 19-of-35 for 292 yards, taking control of the offense as the 22nd-ranked Aggies swarmed to star freshman running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson still managed to run for 101 yards and a touchdown on a tough 29 carries, his ninth straight 100-yard game. He went to the locker room on Oklahoma's go-ahead drive with an apparent arm injury, but returned to help the Sooners run the clock down on their last possession.

The Aggies (6-3, 4-2) finished the game without their best offensive weapon. Reggie McNeal left with an apparent injury in the third quarter after throwing for 213 yards and two touchdowns and running for a score.

No. 6 Texas 56,

No. 19 Oklahoma St. 35

In Austin, Texas, Cedric Benson scored five touchdowns and Vince Young had a strong passing game to help Texas overcame a 35-7 first-half deficit.

Young passed for 278 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, and Benson's fourth TD gave Texas (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) its first lead at 42-35 early in the fourth quarter. The biggest deficit the Longhorns had ever overcome to win was 19 points three seasons ago in a Holiday Bowl win over Washington.

Benson finished with 141 yards on 23 carries.

No. 1 USC 28, Oregon St. 20

In Corvallis, Oregon, Matt Leinart threw two touchdown passes to Dominique Byrd and Southern California shook off the fog and an early Oregon State threat.

Reggie Bush's 65-yard punt return for a touchdown and LenDale White's 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter assured the victory for the defending national champion Trojans (9-0, 6-0 Pacific-10). Southern California has won 18 consecutive games overall, 13 in a row in the Pac-10 and 10 straight on the road.

Leinart completed 17 of 31 passes for 205 yards. Derek Anderson was 22-of-51 for 330 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers.

No. 4 California 28, Oregon 27

In Berkeley, California, Geoff McArthur caught eight passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and Cal stopped Oregon near midfield with 1:39 left. The win solidified the Bears' Bowl Championship Series hopes.

Aaron Rodgers passed for 275 yards and three TDs, and J.J. Arrington ran for 188 yards and a score for the Bears (7-1, 5-1 Pac-10), who barely kept alive their big postseason dreams with a strong second half after falling behind 27-14.

Kellen Clemens threw four touchdown passes in the first half for the Ducks (5-4, 4-2), who seemed headed for an upset after a dominant first 30 minutes.

Notre Dame 17, No. 9 Tennessee 13

In Knoxville, Tennessee, Notre Dame (6-3) capitalized with an interception return for a touchdown to beat Tennessee (7-2) .

Erik Ainge separated his right shoulder on the final play of the first half when he recovered his own fumble and was sacked. He did not return. His injury came a week after Brent Schaeffer broke his collarbone.

Junior Rick Clausen, the younger brother of former Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen, replaced Ainge in the second half and almost immediately made a big mistake. Clausen was being sacked by Derek Landri when he let the ball go. Notre Dame's Mike Goolsby caught it and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10 lead.

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