EL PASO, Texas — Mark Clayton has long held the title of best Oklahoma receiver in the Bob Stoops era. But Thursday at the Sun Bowl, Ryan Broyles took a big step toward stealing that title away.
The sophomore slot receiver set a Sun Bowl and OU career bowl record with three touchdown receptions, igniting the Sooners to a 31-27 win over Stanford. "Ryan Broyles was outstanding,” coach Bob Stoops said. Broyles, who also finished with a career-high 156 receiving yards, set OU’s single-game record with 13 receptions. But the Sun Bowl’s most valuable player wasn’t done rewriting the record books with that: →Broyles finished the season with 15 touchdown receptions, which tied Clayton (2003) for the most in program history. →His 13 receptions gave him 89 on the year, which passed Clayton’s 83 (‘03) for the most in a season in OU history. →Broyles’ 6.61 receptions per game also bested Clayton’s 5.93 (’03). →With 21 career touchdown receptions, Broyles is now only 10 away from tying Clayton’s school record. Broyles also added a pivotal 42-yard punt return in the third quarter, which later set up a DeMarco Murray 1-yard touchdown plunge that put the Sooners up for good, 31-24. "I didn’t even know I broke all those records,” Broyles said. "I’m just glad we got the win.”