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Fiesta Bowl notebook: Murray leaves with records

by Michael Baldwin Modified: January 2, 2011 at 12:04 am •  Published: January 1, 2011
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Senior DeMarco Murray didn't have the "wow factor" like legendary OU running backs Joe Washington, Billy Sims or Adrian Peterson, but Murray closed out his career owning four career records. Murray sits atop OU's lists for:


Touchdowns: 65

All-purpose yards: 6,718

Points: 390

RB receiving yards: 1,561

Murray ranks sixth in school history in rushing yards (3,685) behind Sims (4,118), Washington (4,071), Peterson (4,045), Steve Owens (4,041) and Quentin Griffin (3,938).

BROYLES RECORDS UNTOUCHABLE?

Ryan Broyles said after the game he has not decided whether he will return for his senior season. If Broyles returns, he could compile career receiving stats that will never be broken at OU.

Broyles already is the Sooners all-time leader in receptions (266), receiving yards (3,429) and touchdown receptions (35).

The Norman product also owns the single-season record in all three categories -- receptions (131), receiving yards (1,622) and TD receptions (15).

Broyles finally broke a long punt return — 57 yards — but had the ball poked out by UConn's Lawrence Wilson for a fumble.

KENNEY FINISHES STRONG

Senior wide receiver Cameron Kenney lost his starting job his junior and senior seasons but finished strong. More than half (19) of Kenney's 33 receptions this season came the final three games.

Kenney grabbed seven catches for 154 yards and a touchdown against UConn. Kenney's late-season surge began with a six-catch, 141-yard game against Oklahoma State. Kenney also grabbed six receptions for 65 yards against Nebraska in the Big 12 title game.

PICK SIXES GALORE

Three interceptions were returned for touchdowns. Connecticut cornerback Dwayne Gratz's 46-yard interception return early in the second quarter prevented the Sooners from turning the game into a rout early.

OU cornerback Jamell Fleming, named the Defensive Player of the Game, returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to give the Sooners a 34-10 lead. Freshman safety Tony Jefferson produced the final defensive touchdown with a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown with 2:40 to play.

DEFENSE PLAYS WELL

OU's defense controlled the game. UConn running back Jordan Todman rushed for 121 yards but the Sooners prevented Todman and Connecticut's offensive line from consistently moving the chains.

The Huskies did not score an offensive touchdown and compiled only 335 total yards. Connecticut's two touchdowns were an interception return and a Robbie Frye 95-yard kickoff return.

"I thought we played the run game well," said coach Bob Stoops. "They worked us a couple of drives but we got a couple of big turnovers."

LEWIS HITS CENTURY MARK

Junior linebacker Travis Lewis recorded 10 tackles to reach 100 for the third consecutive season. Lewis finished with 109 tackles for the second consecutive season after compiling a school freshman record 144 tackles two years ago.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL 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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