No. 11 Oklahoma beats Colorado 43-10
Sunday, October 31, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — With his feet back under him, Ryan Broyles was able to speed to the best receiving performance in Oklahoma history.
Broyles broke the school record with 208 yards receiving as part of the Sooners’ biggest passing day ever, and No. 11 Oklahoma bounced back from its first loss of the season to beat Colorado 43-10 on Saturday night.
Broyles took a day off from practice during the week to rest his two sore ankles, then took aim at a record he’d had his eyes on for a while. Manuel Johnson held the previous mark with 206 yards receiving in a win against TCU in 2008, with Broyles as his teammate.
“I looked at that at the beginning of the year actually,” said Broyles, who leads the nation with 9.9 receptions per game.
The opportunity for a record-setting outing presented itself when Colorado (3-5, 0-4 Big 12) focused on taking away the screen passes and short passing game that’s such a big part of Oklahoma’s offense. The Sooners (7-1, 3-1) showed they can go deep, too.
Landry Jones threw for a career-high 453 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Broyles. Jones’ total was the second-best in school history, behind only Sam Bradford’s 468 against Kansas in his 2008 Heisman Trophy season. Combined with backup Drew Allen’s 35 yards, the Sooners broke the school record for passing set on Bradford’s biggest day.
“Sometimes you’re just clicking,” said tight end James Hanna, who caught a 7-yard TD pass from Jones. “Landry had a great day. Ryan’s just a really great receiver, so he’s always going to do well.”
Colorado (3-5, 0-4) kept it close for a quarter before losing its 15th straight road game and its 11th conference game in a row, putting coach Dan Hawkins’ already tenuous job status on even shakier ground.
“It’s the nature of the business. You show up every day and you do your job,” said Hawkins, now 19-38 in five seasons at Colorado. “All the chatter that goes on outside, whether it’s good or bad, I don’t think that has to be a part of your constitution. You just show up and get after it every day.”
After the Sooners managed only field goals on their first two trips inside the 20, Broyles started getting loose for big plays to lead the way to Oklahoma’s 35th straight home victory — the longest current run in the nation.
He got wide open with the help of a Jones pump fake to catch a 16-yard touchdown pass, then beat Jonathan Hawkins for an 81-yard score to make it 20-3 in the second quarter. Broyles got a step behind Hawkins to make an over-the-shoulder catch and then raced the final 50 yards to finish the longest catch of his career. It was Jones’ longest completion, too.
To start the second half, Broyles zoomed past Roy Polk on a post pattern for a 64-yard TD. Polk caught up just before the goal line, but Broyles was able to reach the ball into the end zone as he was turned on top of his head.
“That was a first,” Broyles said.
Broyles surpassed 100 yards receiving for the 10th time in the last 11 games and moved within two of Mark Clayton’s career record of 31 touchdown catches for Oklahoma.
“We try to move him around and give him different opportunities. Boy, that guy’s something,” coach Bob Stoops said. “I can’t tell you how many times I say it over my headset. That guy is just amazing, what he’s able to do. Just a great competitor.”
Broyles had eight catches for 110 yards in Oklahoma’s 36-27 loss at Missouri last week, but that was an off game because of problems with both ankles.
“I wasn’t myself,” Broyles said. “I felt more like a possession receiver last week. That’s not my style, but I felt like I’d just do whatever it takes to be on the field and help the team.”
Cody Hawkins, taking the place of injured starting quarterback Tyler Hansen, threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Scotty McKnight in the third quarter but came nowhere near duplicating the biggest win of his Colorado career that came in a 2007 upset against No. 3 Oklahoma.
Facing a sizable deficit, Cody Hawkins unleashed one pass after another and ended up trying enough that he matched the Buffaloes’ career record for attempts set by Joel Klatt (1,095). He finished 17-for-44 for 187 yards.
DeMarco Murray had a career-high 10 catches for 73 yards, and tight end Trent Ratterree had three receptions for a career-best 89 yards for Oklahoma. Javon Harris blocked a punt out of the side of the end zone for a safety.
Stoops said the Sooners lost reserve tailback Jermie Calhoun to two torn knee ligaments, including his ACL, early in the fourth quarter.