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:
All-purpose yards: 6,718
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.
If Lewis returns for his senior season, he could finish in the top five in career tackles, possibly as high as second or third. Lewis is ninth in career tackles, just three behind Ricky Bryan, 18 behind Tyrell Peters.
STEVENS QUIETS CRITICS
For all the discussion the Sooners lacked a quality place kicker, Jimmy Stevens played a key role in the Sooners qualifying for a BCS bowl game and ending a five-game BCS bowl losing streak.
Stevens was 19 of 23 on field goals for the season. He converted 12-of-13 the final four games. Stevens was 3-of-3 against Baylor, 4-of-4 against Oklahoma State, 3-of-4 against Nebraska and 2-of-2 against Connecticut.
But Stevens never completely won over Stoops. Stevens made a 41-yard field goal against UConn but didn't attempt one longer than 42 yards all season. Stoops called a fake field goal on what would have been a 47-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
SOONERS LIMIT PENALTIES
A Pac-10 crew officiated the controversial 34-33 loss to Oregon in which blown calls drew national publicity. One subplot was Pac-10 officials were calling Saturday's Fiesta Bowl. It's impossible to know whether the 2006 loss in Eugene, Ore., had any impact but the Sooners had one penalty for three yards.
BOX PRODUCES BIG PLAY
OU's defense improved when Austin Box regained the starting middle linebacker job following a two-month back injury. Box supplied one of the biggest plays, stuffing Todman for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the 19-yard line in the first quarter. UConn ran 15 plays on its second possession but came up empty.
"That was big," Fleming said. "It gave us momentum and we fed off that momentum."
LEWIS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
Ronnell Lewis, who suffered a stinger on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter, was taken to the hospital for precautionary tests. Lewis walked off the field on his own after the play. After doctors examined Lewis on the sidelines they placed him on a board as a precaution and transported him to a local hospital. It was later announced Lewis suffered a mild concussion.
ANOTHER HANNA TOUCHDOWN
James Hanna grabbed his seventh touchdown reception of the season, a stark contrast to last season when the Sooners, hampered by injuries, didn't have any touchdowns from their tight ends.
UConn wide receiver Kashif Moore wore No. 6 to honor former UConn defensive back Jasper Howard, who was murdered last season following a campus dance. No player had worn Howard's No. 6 until Saturday night... Defensive end Jeremy Beal closed out his career second all-time at OU for career sacks (29) and tackles for loss (57.5)... Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, who played in Phoenix, tossed the pre-game coin... The Sooners improved to 6-6 in bowl games under Stoops. OU has won back-to-back bowls for the first time since 2001-02... Jarvis Jones started at offensive left tackle for the third consecutive game but Donald Stephenson once again rotated in.
ANOTHER DOZEN UNDER STOOPS
The Sooners posted 12 wins for the sixth time in the Bob Stoops era: