Jones said he prayed with Broyles on the field. He talked with him after the game, also.
“I've played with him a long time around this place,” said Jones, OU's all-time leading passer, thanks in large part to Broyles. “It hurts not to have him. It hurts for him not to be around. We'll miss him.”
Despite the apparent blowout, a pall swept over Oklahoma Memorial Stadium during the fourth quarter – both in the stands and on the sideline. It was a big win – accompanied by a bigger loss.
“I lost a lot of energy when I heard it,” sophomore receiver Jaz Reynolds said. “Once you lose one of your captains, it's tough on everybody.”
The Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) will have two weeks to prepare for Baylor, without Broyles. But, really, they could have eternity and not find a way to truly replace the school's top receiver.
“It's tragic,” safety Aaron Colvin said. “That's going to hurt our team.”
The onus of picking up for Broyles will fall to a pair of sophomores, Reynolds and Kenny Stills, among others. Trey Franks, Dejuan Miller and Kameel Jackson have been in the receiver rotation, as well.
“It'll be a different feel to the offense, but we'll be all right,” Jones said. “It's hard to replace an All-American, but we've got guys who are capable.”
Broyles owns 10 Oklahoma records; he was hurt maneuvering for an extra 3 feet.
“He's probably the best wide receiver to ever come through this place, or one of the top ones,” Jones said. “It's just a bad deal, all around.”