LAWRENCE, Kan. — What has been an inconsistent season for Oklahoma's receivers stayed that way on Saturday as the Sooners rolled to a 35-13 win over Kansas.
Juniors Brandon Caleb and Cameron Kenney struggled on Saturday, but sophomore Dejuan Miller and senior Adron Tennell impressed with two of their best games of the season.
"That's kind of how it's been, they just need to keep maturing," said coach Bob Stoops.
Tennell had a career-high six catches for 47 yards and a touchdown, and Miller caught three passes for 24 yards, including one he hauled in near the right hash mark before breaking a tackle and turning upfield for a 13-yard gain.
"We're growing, we're growing every week," said receivers coach Jay Norvell. "We've got to build on the second half today."
Meanwhile, Kenney had just one reception for five yards and dropped at least two passes, including one third down pass late in the first half that he tipped high into the Kansas secondary and was intercepted. The Jayhawks converted that turnover into three points when Lawton native Jacob Branstetter kicked a 57-yard field goal to close the half.
"You know it's there, you know they have the ability to do it, I just hope with experience on the field they'll get more comfortable."
Caleb caught just two passes for 26 yards, his lowest output since he caught one pass for 14 yards against Idaho State and also dropped a pair of Landry Jones passes.
"It's always frustrating when you don't play as well as you can," Norvell said. "We're certainly capable of playing much better."
The one constant for Norvell's unit has been Ryan Broyles.
Returning to full duty for the first time since fracturing his shoulder blade against Miami, Broyles re-established himself as Jones' prime target, collecting a horde of swing passes on the outside of the field among his 11 receptions for 121 receiving yards.
Last week against Texas, with his status previously in doubt, Broyles touched the ball only twice, turning one of those receptions into a 35-yard touchdown.
"I wouldn't trade him for anyone in this league," Norvell said.
But for the Sooners to duplicate many more dominating performances like they had against Kansas, they'll still need to find a target opposite Broyles.
As Oklahoma's first seven games have showed, the identity of that target has been unpredictable.
"Sometimes it's going to be ugly or bad, but keep playing and play through it," said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. "I was pretty proud of those guys."