All-American Ryan Broyles, the NCAA’s career leader in receptions, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
He got hurt while cutting to make his second catch of the game, a 30-yarder that set up one of four third-quarter touchdowns in the Sooners’ 41-25 victory Saturday.
“It’s just a bad deal,” quarterback Landry Jones said. “You hate for something like that to happen to such a good guy.”
Broyles left the field in tears. He entered the game averaging 13.2 yards on 81 catches. His two catches went for 57 and 30 yards.
“He’s such a special, special player,” coach Bob Stoops said. “It’s deflating for him and for all of us. … Your heart drops when you first hear it.”
The Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) scored on four consecutive possessions after leading 13-10 at halftime. Texas A&M (5-4, 3-3) had its second-half troubles continue – the Aggies gave up big second-half leads in its previous three losses.
The Aggies, headed for the Southeastern Conference next year, won’t miss coming to Norman. They’re now 0-7 on Owen Field during the Bob Stoops era; the previous six losses had come by an average of 41 points.
“We knew we were facing a very good defense, but the bottom line is you just can’t turn the ball over like we did today and expect to win a football game,” coach Mike Sherman said. “Take no credit away from Oklahoma, but we gave them 14 points there in the third quarter and then we had a short punt, and you can’t play football that way.”
Jones threw third-quarter touchdown passes of 31 yards to Jaz Reynolds, who made a nifty one-handed grab, and 39 yards to Kenny Stills. Tailback Roy Finch and backup quarterback Blake Bell added short TD runs in the third.
Texas A&M’s seven third-quarter possessions produced four punts, two turnovers and a missed field goal.
Reynolds had six catches for 75 yards, Stills two for 44. They will be expected to fill the void left by Broyles.
“We have to step up and show everyone what we’re made of, that we’re not a sideshow,” Reynolds said. “You have to just keep playing and roll with the punches. But when you lose one of your captains, it’s pretty hard on everybody.”