Multiple Storylines Highlight Broyles' Bedlam

For slot receiver Ryan Broyles, it's not just any old ordinary matchup.

The Sooner star's Bedlam ties bleed deeper than just the roots of one of the biggest Big 12 and nation's rivalries.

With the final week of the 2007 signing period came what Broyles describes as a "crazy time in my life."

And that's because of how it transpired.

Over the weekend before Signing Day, Broyles visited Oklahoma State, then made his verbal commitment.

A day later, however, OU came calling and made an offer, one that was really hard to refuse.

"Yeah, you can't pass up OU," Broyles said this week. "You know, I knew the tradition they had here, and not downing Oklahoma State or anything, but I feel like OU's just one of those teams that you can't pass up."

But OSU head coach Mike Gundy arrived at his house a day after that, and he reconfirmed he would join the Cowboys.

Twenty-four hours later, though on Signing Day, things changed again: for good.

"I slept on it," Broyles said. "Then on Signing Day I didn't feel like that was the right thing to do [to sign at OSU]."

Talk about a wealth of emotions with one decision.

"It was just, I was just so young at the time, you know," Broyles said. "And that was really my biggest decision ever up to that point, and I knew it was my decision, not my parents or anybody else's. So, I knew it was a huge one [with] me being here from Norman and thinking about Oklahoma State, it was just so many mixed emotions.

"You know, I have friends that are Oklahoma State fans, OU fans, so I was just hearing a lot of different things, and it was just hard to turn around my thoughts, so it's just one of those things that you just live and just go through."

He got through it, with some help.

"You know, my parents, they support me," Broyles said. "They don't care what I do, they know I was going to do my best wherever I went or wherever I go, so it was basically up to me. I talked to them a couple times. I told them I was kind of stressed out about it. They said pray about it. That's what I did."

And look where it's got him.

He's at the top of a number of OU all-time receiving categories.

Broyles has the most career receiving touchdowns at 33, the most catches in a season with 106 and the most receptions in a game with his 15-catch performance against Iowa State this year, just to name a few.

All of that has added the other storyline to this game.

He's right in the competition for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's best receiver.

But so is Cowboys' wide receiver Justin Blackmon, so Broyles will likely be battling that out with him.

However, Broyles said he's not really focusing on that individual accolade.

"I'm playing football, you know," Broyles said. "There's a guy upstairs that's calling the plays, so the plays are going to be called to benefit the team. It's not necessarily for a person to show out or anything like that, so when the balls go my way, I'm going to make the best out of it like I've been saying all year, and I'm sure he's going to do the same on the other side.

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After all, it's not the first time there's been a great receiver matchup this season in a Sooner contest.

"You know, there's just it seems [like] a bunch of hype about this," Broyles said. "You know, we played A&M last or two weeks ago, and they had Jeff Fuller. You know, and I'm not playing against the guy, so it doesn't matter to me. I'm going to go out there and do my job just like he's going to do his job."

And that's the key to why he's been so successful throughout his career.

His focus and consistency rival a league of the best.

"I play ball," Broyles said. "I don't care who I'm playing against or who's on the other side. Oh yeah, I try to [always do] my best, you know. You have to if you want to make a name for yourself. You can't take plays off because you don't know how many you'll get."

And don't expect him to in this huge rivalry contest, especially not with the history of the recruiting battle and the Biletnikoff on the line.

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