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Saturday, November 5, 2011
Sooners' focus not on Saturday's win

By David Ubben


A dominant third quarter turned a tight game into a laugher.

Oklahoma rolled to a 41-25 win over Texas A&M. They restored some pride on their home turf in their first game at Owen Field since a loss to Texas Tech.

For the Sooners, though, the focus from Saturday's game wasn't on the final score.

Ryan Broyles went down with what looked like a knee injury, and was visibly emotional on the sidelines before being taken into the locker room.

Earlier this season, Broyles grabbed the national record for receptions. The NCAA record for receiving yards still looked in reach. Now, Oklahoma must wait to learn about the status of one of their captains.

It looked serious, and Broyles is an obvious huge loss.

The Sooners have a deep, solid receiving corps with emerging stars Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds, as well as Trey Franks and Dejuan Miller. But no Sooner does it like Broyles, one of the team's unquestioned leaders.

Freshman mistakes turned to senior leadership for Broyles, and he helped shepherd the young receivers on and off the field, wowing coaches with both efforts.

Losing him would be a huge mental and physical blow for the team, and speaking for college football fans everywhere, a loss for us to not be able to see him.

Broyles was one of the best at his craft, and entered Saturday's game as the nation's leader in receiving yards per game. He caught two passes for 87 yards on Saturday, suffering the injury on a 30-yard catch.

Broyles' injury feels a lot like Robert Griffin III's knee injury back in 2009, if it ends up being serious. Both guys do it the right way and are so much fun to watch. They're everything right about college football.

The sad truth though, is it's a dangerous game.

Broyles and the Sooners have been forced to revisit that lesson.