Jones, Broyles Post Huge Nights for OU

NORMAN, Okla. – Everybody in the stadium knows redshirt sophomore quarterback Landry Jones is looking for junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles when a pass play is called. But, nobody seems to know how to stop those two from connecting, and the Colorado Buffalos definitely did not have an answer for the career-highs duo in the No. 9 Sooners' 43-10 victory Saturday night.

Broyles caught nine passes for 208 yards, which was a career high and an OU single-game record. The previous record was held by Manuel Johnson when he burned Texas Tech for 206 yards in 2008.

"I feel like every game that I can have a 200-yard game," Broyles said. "It just depends on how the coverages are going, and tonight they went my way."

Saying the coverages went Broyles' way was an understatement. He ran past single coverages all night, and three of those times he found the end zone.

Broyles' touchdowns went for 16, 64 and 81 yards, respectively. The 81-yard touchdown pass, which came on a third-and-12 play midway through the second quarter that broke the game wide open, was the longest of his career.

"Boy, that guy's something," said head coach Bob Stoops. "I can't tell you how many times I say over and over in my headset ‘That guy is just amazing.' He's just a great competitor."

Broyles now has sole possession of second on the OU career touchdown receptions list with 29, trailing only former OU wide receiver Mark Clayton. He left OU with 31 touchdown receptions.

"People compared me to Mark Clayton in the beginning, so I feel like that's what I had to do to fill his shoes," Broyles said. "I have a whole other year left, so I'm just going to make the best of it."

Broyles was not the only one who had a career night.

Jones set a personal best Saturday by having his way with Colorado's defense and throwing for 453 yards. His previous best was when he threw for 418 yards against the Stanford Cardinal in the 2009 Sun Bowl.

The only other OU quarterback to gain more yards in a game was Sam Bradford, who holds the program record with 468 yards against Kansas in 2008.

"I knew I was having a pretty good night," Jones said. "The offense was playing pretty well. We hit some big shots early in the game which really helped us out."

To make things even sweeter for Jones, he also threw four touchdowns and did not come close to throwing an interception.

Jones' performance came just one week after he failed to complete a single pass in the fourth quarter in a loss against Missouri, and many people were down on the Artesia, N.M., native because of that. But, Stoops did not drink the same kool-aid and jump off Jones' bandwagon like many other people did over the course of the week.

"He's a great quarterback," Stoops said. "He's more than pretty good and he'll only keep getting better. And again, I think it's fair to say that the guys around him have to play well, but that's the case for any quarterback. We couldn't be more happy and pleased with how he's progressing and playing. Coach Heupel does a great job at developing guys. And Landry is a great worker, so he's only going to keep getting better."

And so will this team if these guys continue to post these types of numbers down the stretch.


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