NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma’s program has been so balanced through the years that statistical champions have been somewhat of a rarity.
Billy Sims led the nation in points in 1979 and Sam Bradford was tops in passing efficiency in 2008 to account for just two statistical champs over a 31-year span.
On Tuesday, when the released its final season statistics for 2010, Ryan Broyles added his name to the list. The Norman junior was the leader in receptions per game at 9.36. He also was tops in total receptions with 131, 20 more than the next closest player. Broyles also ranked No. 3 nationally in receiving yards per game at 115.86.
Another No. 3 ranking went to QB Landry Jones, who was third in total offense with 327.86 yards per game. Jones also was No. 2 in passing with 28.93 completions per game, No. 2 in total passing yards at 4,718, No. 2 in passing yards per game at 337.0, No. 2 in touchdown passes with 38 and No. 12 in points responsible for at 16.71 per game
CB Jamell Fleming was No. 2 in passes defended per game (combination of interceptions and deflections) at 1.46 per game.
Other Sooners who ranked among the top 20 in statistical categories included Jimmy Stevens at No. 11 in both field goals per game (1.58) and points per game (9.17), Jeremy Beal at No. 18 in tackles for loss at 1.36 per game, DeMarco Murray at No. 6 in touchdowns scored with 20 and at No. 18 in all-purpose yards at 146.93 per game and Tress Way at No. 20 in punting at 44.0 yards per kick.
In the team rankings for offense, OU was No. 2 in first downs at 26.5 per game, No. 3 in passing at 343.36 yards per game, , No. 7 in turnover margin at +1.0 per game, No. 8 in fumbles lost with 6, No. 10 in total offense at 481.36 yards per game and No. 14 in scoring offense at 37.21 points per game.
On defense, the team was No. 5 in tackles for loss per game at 7.57, No. 8 in pass efficiency defense at 107.40, No. 8 in turnovers gained at 32, No. 11 in third-down efficiency at 33.62%, No. 11 in passes intercepted at 19 and No. 16 sacks per game at 2.64.
The special teams ranked No. 2 in punt coverage at 3.04 yards allowed per return and No. 5 in net punting at 40.53 yards per kick.
Oklahoma finished the season at 12-2 with a Big 12 and Fiesta Bowl championship.