Oklahoma Blows Past Texas Tech 45-7

NORMAN, Okla. (www.soonersports.com) — One record at a time, Ryan Broyles is cementing his spot as the greatest receiver ever to play for Oklahoma.

Broyles caught three of Landry Jones’ five touchdown passes and broke a few more school records, leading the Sooners (No. 16 BCS, No. 19 AP) to a 45-7 victory against Texas Tech on Saturday.

Broyles caught eight passes for 119 yards and broke Mark Clayton’s career records for receptions and touchdown catches at Oklahoma (8-2, 4-2 Big 12). He also eclipsed his own mark for catches in a season and now holds almost every significant receiving record at the school.

“That’s a good feeling,” Broyles said. “It feels even better to win on top of that.”

Broyles had the biggest receiving day in Oklahoma history in his previous game on Owen Field, and on Saturday — in addition to the new marks he set — matched Clayton’s career records with eight 100-yard games in a season and 15 in a career.

“I’ve said everything you can say about Ryan,” coach Bob Stoops said. “He’s a great player. I love his competitiveness, his toughness. He just has a knack for adjusting to the football like nobody I’ve ever seen, finding the ball and turning for it, and he’s got the surest hands of anybody I’ve been around. He just has a great knack for making big plays and consistent, tough plays.”

Broyles tumbled backward into the end zone after an acrobatic 29-yard catch in the second quarter and later added an 18-yard touchdown reception and a leaping 8-yard TD grab on a fade route as the Sooners scored 38 unanswered points after trading touchdowns early.

Texas Tech (5-5, 3-5) finished its opening possession by scoring on Detron Lewis’ touchdown pass to fellow receiver Darrin Moore out of the wildcat formation, then got shut out the rest of the way. The Red Raiders were stopped on fourth-and-1 in Oklahoma territory twice in the first 18 minutes and then lost all their offensive momentum.

“Offensively, we were horrible on third and fourth down. That’s what killed us,” said Baron Batch, who led Tech with 91 yards rushing. “We didn’t ever sustain a real drive. We’d have big plays but had a hard time stringing together big drives.”

Jones surpassed 300 yards passing for the seventh time this season, completing 22 of 29 for 317 yards. He also had a 12-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray on Oklahoma’s first possession and a 59-yard score on a deep ball to Kenny Stills.

After relying largely on bubble screens that got stuffed in a 33-19 loss at Texas A&M, the Sooners went more vertical in their passing game against the Red Raiders.

“I was excited that we were going to take more shots down the field this week, and to see us doing those things and actually hit one was really good for our offense,” Jones said.

Texas Tech’s defense allowed season-best 95 yards passing by Blaine Gabbert in an upset of then-No. 14 Missouri last week, but couldn’t do it again. Jones threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns in the first half against the defense that ranks third-to-last in the nation against the pass, guiding the Sooners to a 38-7 advantage.

It was the third straight blowout by the home team in the series. The Sooners came up with a memorable 65-21 rout against the No. 2 Red Raiders two years ago, derailing Tech’s bid at perfection in the next-to-last game of the regular season.

The Red Raiders got a measure of revenge last season with a 41-13 victory in the rematch, celebrating to the same song — House of Pain’s “Jump Around” — that the Sooners jubilantly bounced to in 2008.

The stakes weren’t nearly so high in this one. Oklahoma bounced back from its fourth straight conference road loss to stretch the nation’s longest home winning streak to 36, in the process keeping alive its chances of winning the Big 12 South title. 

“It’s pretty special,” said Jeremy Beal, one of 19 Oklahoma seniors who played their last game on Owen Field. “I’ve never lost at home and it’s a great feeling to go through that.”

Tech, which has been eligible for a bowl game each of the last 16 years, remained one win shy of bowl eligibility with only nonconference home games against Weber State and Houston left on the schedule.

“That was our last conference game and we go 3-5,” first-year coach Tommy Tuberville said. “I thought we had a chance to win four or five if we played well and stayed injury-free.”

The Sooners got a scare when Murray went to the locker room in the second quarter with bruised ribs. He returned briefly in the second half and Stoops said he should be able to play moving forward. He had protective padding under his shirt during postgame interviews.

Starting defensive tackle Adrian Taylor was lost for the season when he tore his right Achilles tendon and had to be wheeled off the field in the second quarter. Taylor had come back from a gruesome-looking left ankle dislocation sustained in the Sun Bowl in December.

Stoops said Oklahoma’s other starting defensive tackle, Casey Walker, may be able to return next week after missing the last six games.

Game Notes

Oklahoma 45, Texas Tech 7 | November 13, 2010 | Norman, Okla.

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  Oklahoma Team Notes

• With the win, Oklahoma extends its home winning streak to 36, a program record. The active streak is the best in the nation. The Sooners have won 56 of their last 57 on Owen Field. Oklahoma is 72-2 at home under head coach Bob Stoops.

• With its 36th consecutive home win, Oklahoma ties USC for the sixth-best home win streak of any program since World War II. OU’s current streak began Sept. 10, 2005 with its 31-15 win over Tulsa. USC won 36-straight home games from 2001-2007. Miami holds the record with 58-straight home victories from 1985-94.

• The win marks OU’s fifth-straight and 50th season all-time the Sooners went undefeated at home. OU is unbeaten at home in 10 of Stoops’ 12 seasons.

• OU’s 24 points in the first quarter were the most scored by OU against Texas Tech in an opening period and the second-most by OU in a quarter this season. The Sooners scored 26 points in the second quarter against Colorado on Oct. 30. The Sooners 31-point lead ties the team’s biggest lead at half this season. OU also led Iowa State by 31 at the half on Oct. 16.

• OU is now 13-5 against Texas Tech all-time and 8-1 against the Red Raiders in Norman.

  Oklahoma Individual Notes

Ryan Broyles
• Ryan Broyles broke or tied five school records against the Red Raiders: career receptions, single season receptions, career TD receptions, 100-yard games in a season and 100-yard games in a career.

• Broyles moved into sole possesion of OU’s career record for receptions, following a 15-yard catch from Landry Jones on the second play of the game. Broyles entered the game tied with Mark Clayton at 221 receptions.

• Broyles broke his own single season record for receptions after adding eight catches against Texas Tech, bringing his season total to 94. Broyles previous record was 89 in 2009.

• Broyles’ three TD receptions against Tech move him into fi rst in career TD receptions with 32, Broyles entered the game with 29 and passed Mark Clayton at 31.

• Broyles 110 yards in the fi rst half marks the fi fth time the junior had more than 100 yards at the half. Broyles has eight 100-yard games this season, tying Mark Clayton’s records for single season 100-yard games (8) and career 100-yard games (15).

• Broyles became the seventh receiver in Big 12 history to record over 3,000 yards after posting 119 yards against the Red Raiders. Broyles now has 3,003 career receiving yards, only the second Sooner to pass the 3,000-yard mark. Mark Clayton also reached the feat, recording 3,241 yards from 2001-2004.

DeMarco Murray
• Murray recorded his 62nd career touchdown in the first quarter off a 12-yard TD pass from Landry Jones.

• Murray recorded 16 receiving yards in the fi rst half to break OU’s record for career receiving yards by a running back with 1,351, passing Quentin Griffin at 1,337 yards.

Kenny Stills
• Stills’ 59-yard TD reception in the first quarter was the fifth longest TD reception by a freshman in OU history and the most by a true freshman. Broyles holds the record with a 77-yard TD reception against Washington in 2008.

• The TD catch was also Stills’ longest career reception. His previous best was a 32-yarder against Texas on Oct. 2.

• Stills now has the most receptions in a season by a true freshman with 40. He passes Antwone Savage at 37. Stills entered the game with 36. Stills is only the third freshman in OU history to record at least 40 receptions in a single season. Mark Clayton and Ryan Broyles, both redshirt-freshmen in their debuts, hold the record for receptions by a freshman with 46.

• Stills’ career-high 86 yards against Texas Tech move him into third place in single season receiving yards by a freshman with 516, the most by a true freshman.

Landry Jones
• Landry Jones threw for five TDs against the Red Raiders, marking only the 14th time in OU history that an OU quarterback has thrown for five or more TDs in a single game. Jones has now thrown five or more TDs three times, including his record-setting six touchdown performance against Tulsa in 2009.

• With the five TD passes, Jones is now tied with Josh Heupel for third in career TD passes at 53. The sophomore trails Heisman Trophy winners Sam Bradford (88) and Jason White (81). Jones entered tonight’s game with 48 touchdown passes.

• Jones threw for 317 yards against the Red Raiders, marking the sixth time this season and the ninth time in his career he threw for over 300 yards.

• Jones threw for 276 yards and four TDs in the first half, marking his second-highest yardage and the first time he has thrown for four TDs in the first half.

• It marked only the fourth time in school history a Sooner QB has thrown four TDs or more in a half. The record for TDs in a half was set by Jason White in 2003 with five touchdowns against Texas A&M in the first half.

Travis Lewis
• Travis Lewis intercepted Taylor Potts for a 29-yard return in the second quarter, marking the second-straight home game against Texas Tech the junior has picked off a Red Raider pass.

• Lewis now has 151 yards in career interception returns, the most by any linebacker in school history.

Jeremy Beal
• Beal posted three tackles for loss to move ahead of Kelly Gregg for sole possesion of second in career tackles for loss with 56. He trails Rocky Calmus with 59.

Quinton Carter
• Carter recorded a career-high 17 tackles against the Red Raiders, the most by a defensive back since Brandon Everage also had 17 against Colorado in 2002.

Pryce Macon
• Senior Pryce Macon had a career-high six tackles and also recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks for nine yards. 

  By the Numbers

85,116 – Today’s attendance, marking the 74th straight sellout (every game coached by Bob Stoops).

1,351 – DeMarco Murray recorded 16 receiving yards in the first half to break OU’s record for career receiving yards
by a running back with 1,351, passing Quentin Griffi n at 1,337 yards.

91 – Ryan Broyles broke his own single season record for receptions after adding five catches in the first half, bringing his season total to 91.

59 – Kenny Stills’ 59-yard TD reception was the fifth-longest by a freshman in OU history.

32 – Broyles also broke OU’s record for career TD receptions

29 – Freshman RB Roy Finch scored his first career touchdown on a 29-yard rush to close out the fi rst quarter.

24 – OU’s scored 24 points in the first quarter, the most the Sooners have scored against Texas Tech in the opening period.

9 – Landry Jones has thrown multiple TDs in nine of his last 11 games.

5 – Broyles broke or tied five school records in today’s game against the Red Raiders. 

Updated 11-14-2010

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