No. 3 Oklahoma 47, Kansas 17
Bob Stoops knew that Ryan Broyles was one catch away from
becoming the NCAA’s career leader, so the Oklahoma coach called for
a pass play that sent his All-American wide receiver on a deep post
Might as well set the record in style.
The senior hauled in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Landry Jones
in the first half Saturday night, and Broyles finished with 13
catches for a school-record 217 yards and two scores as the
third-ranked Sooners rolled to a 47-17 victory over Kansas.
”Ryan Broyles was just out of this world,” Stoops said. ”When
you set a national record, that’s pretty special, but to do it with
over 200 yards is unreal.”
Broyles has 326 catches in his career, and the two touchdown
grabs gave him 44. He came into the game tied with former Oklahoma
State star Rashaun Woods for the Big 12 record.
”I was just in the moment out there,” said Broyles, who
admitted to getting a bit emotional on the sideline after setting
the NCAA mark. ”I’ve been blessed to be around some great
Many of his early catches came from Sam Bradford, who is now
throwing passes on Sundays for the St. Louis Rams. These days
they’re coming from Jones, who threw for 363 yards and three
touchdowns against the Jayhawks’ struggling pass defense.
”I can’t say enough about the way he’s grown over the past
couple of years,” Jones said. ”It’s not just his stats. He’s a
great wide receiver.”
Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0) was coming off a 55-17 Red River rout of
Texas, and may have been looking for some style points with the
initial BCS standings out Sunday. Instead, the Sooners had to slog
through a lackluster victory in a game that didn’t end until 11:58
p.m. local time.
Dominique Whaley added 165 yards rushing and a touchdown, and
Michael Hunnicutt hit all four of his field-goal attempts for the
Sooners, who didn’t put away the Jayhawks (2-4, 0-3) until Broyles’
second touchdown catch with 10:22 remaining in the fourth
”It was good to see our players come out and execute,” Kansas
coach Turner Gill said. ”They played pretty well against a very
good offensive football team and that’s always good to see.”
James Sims and Darrian Miller combined to rush for 141 yards and
two touchdowns for Kansas, but Jordan Webb endured constant
pressure and was sacked five times. Webb finished 13 of 25 for 108
yards, and the Jayhawks managed just one first down and six yards
total offense after halftime.
”We didn’t feel we were far off from playing really well,”
Oklahoma’s offense didn’t start off at its usual torrid pace.
Jones missed his first four passes against a defense that allowed
56 points in the first half alone against Oklahoma State.
”Playing one of the top teams in the nation was motivation for
our defense to go out there and show that last week wasn’t our real
defense,” Kansas cornerback Tyler Patmon said.
Jones eventually got on track, though, hitting his next two pass
attempts to Kenny Stills. The second went for a 17-yard touchdown
pass with 11:32 left in the first quarter.
Hunnicutt’s 36-yard field goal made it 10-0, and it looked as if
the Sooners were off and running.
Kansas center Jeremiah Hatch was hurt on the ensuing possession
when he was blocking downfield on a short pass completion. Hatch
was immobilized and removed from the field on a stretcher, but
returned to the stadium and was walking on the sideline by the end
of the game.
On the first play after Hatch was hurt, with the Jayhawks facing
fourth-and-1, Webb pitched the ball to Sims around the corner and
he went untouched 56 yards for a touchdown.
Whaley fumbled early in the second quarter but Kansas could only
manage a tying field goal, and Roy Finch capped a nine-play,
70-yard drive with an 8-yard run that made it 17-10.
The Jones-to-Broyles connection really got going after that.
After catching a few short passes on the perimeter, Broyles went
flying downfield on a post route and Jones hit him in stride for
his record-setting reception. The touchdown made it 24-10.
”Now I can just play ball,” Broyles said, ”and not have to
worry about it.”
Kansas answered with Miller’s touchdown plunge moments later,
but Hunnicutt added another field goal just before halftime and two
more in the third quarter to make it 33-17.
Broyles finally put the game away when he got wide open and
hauled in a 43-yard pass with 10:22 left in the game that put the
Sooners ahead 40-17.
Whaley added the exclamation point when he scored from 10 yards
out in the closing minutes.
”We kind of were up and down, you know? But that’s the game of
football,” Jones said. ”We just kept playing. Kansas is a good
team. They came out here and played hard at home.”