Sooners play long ball against Cardinals

by Michael Baldwin Published: October 1, 2011

— Oklahoma is known for a fast-paced, dink-and-dunk offense. The Sooners' reputation is they'll rely on their running game, bubble screens and slant patterns.

But in a 62-6 romp over Ball State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium, the Sooners showed they're also capable of producing home-run plays.

“Everyone talks about our bubble game, but we've shown lately we're dropping back and throwing it deep down the field,” said quarterback Landry Jones. “Last week we had a lot of big plays. This week we had a lot of big plays by stretching the defense.”

The Sooners had four huge plays.

Ryan Broyles scored on a 64-yard catch. Jaz Reynolds had 56- and 62-yard receptions. Running back Roy Finch also had a 47-yard catch.

“It keeps us balanced,” said running back Dominique Whaley. “Defenses can't load the box and they can't drop everybody (into coverage). It confuses defenses. They don't know what to do.”

Broyles is best known for creating space, making cuts that “break ankles.”

But Broyles also has some speed. Broyles cut across the field to break free from a defender, then turned on the jets to race up the sideline for his second touchdown on a night he broke the Big 12 record for career receptions.

“The type of offense we run we try to use high percentage throws,” Broyles said. “But if teams try to start to take that away we can definitely go down the field. We have some of the best athletes in America. We can go deep, too.”

Playing sparingly the first two games, Reynolds has been given increased playing time because Trey Franks has been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.

Reynolds finished with five catches for 141 yards after hauling in five catches for 93 yards against Missouri.


by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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