NORMAN — With a cursory glance to his right before the snap, redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones realized where his next pass was going.
To the same place his previous two touchdown passes had gone.
After looking off the Idaho State defense, Jones aimed right and lofted the ball toward Ryan Broyles, fighting an Idaho State defender draped over him.
Somehow, Broyles caught the pass over the defender while simultaneously touching his left foot in bounds, then crashed into a pair of unsuspecting RufNeks like a bowling ball on a slip-and-slide.
"It was on the money,” Broyles said. "You couldn’t make a better throw than that.”
With quarterback Sam Bradford still mending a separated shoulder and tight end Jermaine Gresham shut down for the year with a bum knee, Oklahoma may have found a new special connection to carry the offense during Saturday night’s 64-0 drubbing of Idaho State.
Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles.
"Ryan has the ability to make some great plays and he showed up and got open tonight,” coach Bob Stoops said. "And Landry threw some excellent passes to him.”
All told, Jones, making his first career start, completed 18 of 32 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns, all to Broyles, before exiting the game early in the fourth quarter.
Broyles caught seven passes for 155 yards and provided a spark on his punt returns to finish with 227 all-purpose yards. His three first-half touchdown catches tied a school record.
"We all had confidence in Landry and he had confidence in himself,” Broyles said.