September 10, 2006

OU's QB raising the expectation bar

Following the dismissal of Rhett Bomar, conventional wisdom said Oklahoma's offense was going to win or lose with Adrian Peterson. But Sooner quarterback Paul Thompson put a asterisk in those statements Saturday against Washington.

With a Washington defense totally committed to stopping Peterson, Thompson completed 21-of-33 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns and carried OU to a 37-20 victory over Washington. In the final tune-up before the Sooners' trip west to take on Oregon this Saturday, Thompson proved he can be much more than a management figure.

Thompson can be a playmaker.

"I think our kids have felt good about him all along. I don't think anyone here thinks he's playing as good as he can," said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "I don't think this is his best game, I hope it's not. He played great but I don't think we've seen the best of what he's going to do."

Any improvements on Thompson's performance on Saturday will reset the measuring stick used to judge his success.

Last season, Rhett Bomar posted five games of 200 or more yards passing in 11 starts. And he posted only one pass yardage total (290 yards against Texas A&M) which surpassed Thompson's totals on Saturday.

Before Saturday, Thompson's measuring stick may have been Bomar. Following the victory over Washington, those expectations are starting to rise.

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