Ryan Broyles: A Sooner Star is BornPosted: September 7, 2008
Ryan Broyles was on fire Saturday, 7 catches, for 141 yards, and a touchdown. In his first game, he broke the record for receiving yards by a freshman at OU. Ryan Broyles had a 27-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter and extended a key second-half drive with a leaping 43-yard catch to allow the Sooners (2-0) to start pulling away with 24 consecutive points. His receiving total was the most by any Sooner player in his debut and surpassed Tinker Owens’ record of 132 receiving yards by a freshman.
On a crucial third-and-9 play with the Sooners leading only 28-20 in the third quarter. Bradford lofted a lob deep down the right sideline, and Broyles jumped to take it away from two defenders for a 43-yard catch. ”I want to thank him for that, for bailing me out, because if that was incomplete I was going to get an earful coming to the sideline,” said Bradford, whose only other two-interception game was in last season’s upset loss at Colorado. ”That’s just a great play.”