NORMAN, Okla. In the minds of many, they're running neck-and-neck in the Heisman Trophy race.
Jason White might've just gained an edge on teammate Adrian Peterson.
White, a sixth-year Oklahoma senior, showed his usual poise Saturday night while rifling three touchdown passes in a 30-3 win against Nebraska at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
White was 29-for-35 for 383 yards, with no interceptions. At one point, he completed a school-record 18 straight passes.
Peterson didn't start the game because of a dislocated shoulder suffered last week against Texas A&M. He finished with 58 yards on 15 carries, the first time all season he failed to crack the 100-yard barrier.
"He's a special back, but I thought we banged him pretty well," Nebraska defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove said.
The Huskers, who have tackled poorly at times this season, hit the ballcarriers hard and wrapped up well most of the time Saturday. The Sooners finished with a season-low 98 rushing yards.
"We're not intimidated by anyone," said Nebraska freshman cornerback Cortney Grixby. "We feel like we can play with anyone in the country. If you're intimidated, you have zero chance of winning."
Most everyone gave Nebraska zero chance of beating undefeated Oklahoma. In fact, many Husker fans braced for the worst, perhaps fearing the NU defense would revert to the sloppy form it showed in three previous Big 12 road losses.
Although Oklahoma gained 511 yards, the Sooners managed only a single touchdown in the final 30 minutes.
Nebraska senior linebacker Chad Sievers said he didn't consider it a moral victory, not at this stage of his career.
However, "I thought we held up pretty good" after trailing 23-0 at halftime, said Husker junior safety Daniel Bullocks.
Oklahoma's offense started somewhat sluggishly, settling for a field goal on its first possession and going three plays-and-out on its second possession.
White, though, then found his rhythm, and Oklahoma responded with touchdowns on its next four possessions to take control.
"Jason was unbelievable once again," said Sooners head coach Bob Stoops. "He continues to amaze you with what he's able to do. The ball is a little bit slippery and the grass is wet, and people take it for granted that he's in there executing in a great way."
White fired an 8-yard completion to Travis Wilson on fourth-and-3 to set up Oklahoma's opening field goal.
Late in the first half, White rolled to his right and found Wilson for a 36-yard gain on third-and-12 from Oklahoma's 15-yard line. White followed with completions of 36 and 23 yards to set up the Sooners' third touchdown.
Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan was effusive in his praise of Oklahoma's offense.
"Did you see the plays those guys made?" Callahan asked. "I mean, acrobatic catches. Speed. Athleticism. They're a complete football team. They'll go a long ways."
With Nebraska corners playing "soft" at times, White simply turned and zipped quick passes to wideouts, putting them in one-on-one situations with defenders.
That's what happened early in the second half, when White fired to senior Mark Bradley, who juked Grixby and sprinted 23 yards to paydirt to make it 30-0.
"He made a great move," said Grixby, who remained upbeat in the wake of Nebraska's third loss in the last four games.
"We'll see them next year in Lincoln, and I think the tables will be turned," Grixby said.
At least Nebraska won't have to face White again when the Sooners come to Lincoln.