LAWRENCE, Kan. — Sometimes career records are set in anti-climactic matters. No one will be able to say that about how Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles became the NCAA’s all-time leader in career receptions.
Broyles only needed four catches to set the mark Saturday night. The first three were rather ho-hum. The one that put him over the top wasn’t. He got behind the Kansas defense for a 57-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter.
The touchdown was also the 43rd of Broyles’ career and gave him the Big 12 Conference record for receiving touchdowns. He entered the game tied with former Oklahoma State receiver Rashaun Woods.
Middle linebacker Tom Wort missed most of the second half due to an injury. He took a helmet in the small of his back last week against Texas. He started Saturday night, but trainers appeared to be looking at his back in the second half.
Jaydan Bird played the middle linebacker spot in the second half.
Good sits out
Offensive lineman Stephen Good did not suit up Saturday night due to a concussion he suffered during the week. Good started the previous two games at left guard after center Ben Habern suffered a broken bone in his right arm and Gabe Ikard moved from guard to center.
Redshirt freshman Adam Shead made the start at left guard. Jarvis Jones has played several series at the position.
First for Whaley
Dominique Whaley rushed for a season-high 165 yards, but he also had a career first he could do without. The junior was stripped by Kansas’ Victor Simmons early in the second quarter. The fumble set up Alex Mueller’s 36-yard field goal.
It was also the first fumble of Whaley’s career.
Finch comes alive
Sophomore running back Roy Finch rushed for 58 yards on six carries, including an 8-yard touchdown run. He was knocked out of the game early in the third quarter. Nonetheless, it was a big night for Finch. He only had 10 carries for 35 yards in the first five games.
Stevens doesn’t dress
Michael Hunnicutt handled the place-kicking duties Saturday. It was the fourth straight game that the redshirt freshman has had the job to himself. The difference between Saturday and the first three games was taht Jimmy Stevens, who hasn’t kicked since the Florida State game, wasn’t in uniform Saturday night.
Wort knocked out again
Middle linebacker Tom Wort left the game very early in the third quarter. He appeared to be favoring his back. The sophomore left last week’s game against Texas after taking a helmet to his lower back.
Kansas center Jeremiah Hatch was immobilized and taken from the field while strapped to a cart in the second quarter.
He was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in an ambulance. A Kansas spokesman said early in the third quarter that Hatch was “doing well.”
Turnover battle loss
OU lost the turnover battle for the first time this season. It fumbled twice, with the Jayhawks recovering both. Landry Jones also threw an interception midway through the fourth quarter. Kansas didn’t have a turnover. It shouldn’t be surprising. Kansas hasn’t turned the ball over in three of its six games.
The Sooners are now plus four (15-11) in turnover margin this season.
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