Chaney's start leads to career night for junior

By Blake Jackson Modified: January 3, 2008 at 1:07 am •  Published: January 3, 2008
GLENDALE, Ariz. — While everything was crashing down for the Oklahoma Sooners Wednesday night, Quentin Chaney was blowing up.

As Malcolm Kelly watched from the sideline with a knee injury, Chaney had a career night, catching four passes for 129 yards and a touchdown.

"Tonight was time for me to step up,” Chaney said. "I knew one of our receivers was going to be down and I knew we were going to be short. I knew I had to come out and make plays tonight.”

The seldom-thrown to junior from Tulsa Washington had his previous career game in last year's Fiesta Bowl. He caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners' loss to Boise State.

Bob Stoops said Kelly was a game-time decision Wednesday, but Chaney planned to play well in advance.

"Throughout the week, I was just approaching it like taking needed rest so when the game got here I was ready to play,” Chaney said.

Chaney's insertion into the starting lineup came at great expense for Oklahoma.

Kelly's injury had been nagging him throughout the week, casting doubt on how much the Sooners would be able to use their primary threat in the passing game.

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