Manny's Big Day

Receiver Manuel Johnson had a record-breaking day in Oklahoma's 35-10 win over TCU on Saturday night to help the Sooners establish themselves as the top ranked team in the country.

Oklahoma receiver Manuel Johnson set a school record with 206 receiving yards in Saturday night's 35-10 win over TCU, but he was quick to point out that his performance was boosted by a strong offensive game plan.

"The defense they were playing kind of opened it up for a lot the receivers tonight. They played us a lot of man on the outside and we talked about it all week and we just executed our game plan."

"Obviously, they had a lot of people in the box which was probably why our running game wasn't where it should have been, but we just took advantage of what they gave us."

"I enjoyed getting in the open space and showing off the speed," Johnson continued.

"Coach Wilson gave us a great game plan and he told us that there was going to be a lot of one-on-one, so it was up to us to make the plays. Sam (Bradford) put the ball out there and I think that we did that as a wide receiver unit today."

Mark Clayton previously held the single game receiving mark with a 190 yard performance against the Longhorns, and Johnson was extremely honored to break a record that was previously held by one of the greatest receivers to suit up in a crimson and cream jersey.

"It feels pretty good," Johnson began. "I didn't really think about it that way, but it is good. With Mark Clayton and Mark Bradley there have been a tremendous amount of great receivers here, so it is good to be even mentioned with those guys."

"Mark is a tremendous athlete. He is doing even better as a Baltimore Raven. I have talked to him a couple of times here and there."

"They bring receivers in here and they always want to label them the next Mark Clayton. I don't think anybody is going to be the next Mark Clayton, but I followed his career here and his play in the NFL also."

Most of Manny's yards came on three separate long touchdown catches and runs, but he could not point out a play that was a distinctive favorite.

"They all felt about the same," Johnson explained. "Sam put the ball in a great spot on the screen and the offensive line did a great job. It opened up just like the red sea, so all I had to do was run. Anybody could have ran that one in."

"Sam he put it out there (on the go route TD play). When I first saw it leave his hand I did not know if I would be able to get it, but I just put my head down and ran a little harder and got up under it."

Johnson was a freshman when TCU came in to Norman and knocked off the Sooners in 2005, but he said it was not really a revenge game in his mind. He took more comfort in the fact he was able to get a win against some of his former high school foes.

"I know a lot of the guys from East Texas. I played against a lot of them in high school, so it was just good to get a win over them."


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