OU's big win over Texas A&M tainted by even bigger loss of receiver Ryan Broyles

BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Modified: November 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm •  Published: November 5, 2011

Broyles' quarterback, Landry Jones, walked over to check on him. Jones and Broyles have gotten tight over the past year or so, fused together by their growing faith.

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.”

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