Broyles has Record Breaking Day

Those special few that have had the chance to watch Ryan Broyles go through practices at OU know that he possesses a certain playmaking quality, but no one predicted that he would set a record by hauling seven catches for 141 yards in his very first game in the Crimson and Cream.

It is almost scary to add another weapon to the vaunted OU offense that already features players like DeMarco Murray, Jermaine Gresham, Sam Bradford, and Juaquin Iglesias, but it will be pretty hard to keep the ball away from Ryan Broyles.

"We have a great group of receivers, tight ends, and running backs," Broyles acknowledged. "We are all making plays, so I guess I just help it out a little bit."

From the very second that he stepped on to the field on Saturday Broyles proved that he can also provide something special to the offense, as a matter of fact he caught a pass on the very first two plays he was in on as a Sooner, and one of them went for the opening score in the 52-26 rout of the Bearcats.

"The feeling is just great - just like in high school – I had the old feeling back for the game," Broyles said about his first experience on Owen Field. "The coaches prepared me and they prepared the whole team. They tell me what to do and I do it."

In the interview room after the game Broyles found out that he had set a record for the most receiving yards for a Sooner making his debut.

"No," Broyles said with a huge grin when asked if he knew about the record. "I just feel blessed to be out there basically."

"It was my first game to be out there, so I feel I still have a lot to prove."

Broyles may have surprised a lot of fans, but Coach Stoops admitted after the game that he knew what Broyles brought to the table.

"I can not say that I am surprised, because we have seen a lot of this in all our scrimmages," Stoops informed. "He has a way of making people miss him."

In the second half when the game tightened up it was Broyles who made yet another huge play on a 43-yard "wheel route" down the sidelines that would set-up another OU scoring opportunity.

"We just had the play call," Broyles said. "We ran a wheel. The corner was over the top and I jumped up and I did not look back from there."

Broyles was redshirted a year ago, and was forced to sit out last week's opener against UT-Chattanooga for some off of the field incidents and the entire time he was waiting and watching for his opportunity.

"It has been a whole year of anticipation," Broyles stated.

"I would have loved to play last year, but you have to take it one game at a time."

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