OU's Ryan Broyles vs. Texas secondary is matchup of Red River strength vs. strength

The nation's leading receiver on facing a Texas secondary full of NFL talent: "Hopefully one day I'll be playing on Sunday, too."
By JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: September 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm •  Published: September 29, 2010

"The uniqueness of this crowd is some of them have been playing a long time, because they got thrown out there as freshmen a couple years ago," said OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "A lot of speed. Multiple players. Just very fast. They're very aggressive and attack-oriented. They're not sitting back soft. They've got the speed to get up in your face, press you, challenge you, make you work."

But containing Broyles will be the Texas secondary's toughest challenge of the season.

Last year in the Cotton Bowl, Broyles played with a still hairline-fractured shoulder blade, yet managed to haul in a 35-yard touchdown pass against the Longhorns.

This year, now 100 percent, Broyles leads the nation in receptions (41) and is second in receiving yards (482), despite facing double coverage almost every play.

Broyles has posted at least nine receptions and 100 receiving yards in every game so far. In fact, going back to last year, Broyles has seven consecutive 100-yard receiving games, the longest active streak in the nation.

"Texas has great players back there. And Ryan probably is an NFL first rounder, too," said Sooner quarterback Landry Jones. "So it's going to be an exciting matchup, for us, and for them."

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