STILLWATER â€” Visions of Ryan Broyles darting through Oklahoma State tacklers must be seared into the minds of Cowboy fans.
The Oklahoma receiver was the best offensive player on the field during Bedlam 2009. Broyles finished with 316 all-purpose yards including 209 return yards and 103 receiving yards.
For OSU, containing Broyles could be the key to slowing Oklahoma's offense when the Sooners visit the Cowboys at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
â€œHe's very good,â€ coach Mike Gundy said. â€œHe's elusive in space, he catches the ball well, he catches the ball down the field well.
â€œHe's going to make some plays, you have to understand he's going to make some plays and try to limit those.â€
As good as Broyles was in last year's Bedlam matchup, he's been even better through 11 games in 2010. The junior has 106 receptions for 1,309 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Few players in college football can match Broyles' explosiveness in the open field.
â€œOne thing we can do for him is not miss the tackles,â€ OSU cornerback Andrew McGee said. â€œHe's quick, he's elusive, he has the ability to make you miss. If we can do our job and make the tackles in open space and limit the big plays we will be ok.â€
Easier said than done.
OU runs a bubble screen to Broyles which is close to unstoppable if executed correctly. It's lethal because the play gets Broyles the ball quickly in the open field with blockers ahead.
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