Oklahoma Football: Sooners Rebound as Broyles and Co. Roll Colorado Buffaloes

Luke McConnellCorrespondent IApril 9, 2017

It took the Sooners a little bit to really get rolling, but when they did, it was all over very quickly.  

Oklahoma rebounded from last week's disheartening loss at Missouri with a 43-10 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes at Owen Field Saturday night.  

The Sooners rolled up over 600 yards of offense, including 488 through the air, which set a new school record for passing yards in a game.  

The defense did their part as well, holding Colorado to 263 yards on the day including only 76 yards on the ground, an impressive feat considering running the football has been Colorado's strong suit for much of the season.

Now to dish out some grades and awards.

Offense: A

It's hard not to give a high grade when you roll up 635 yards of offense and score 43 points.  However, with 488 yards through the air, the Sooners only ran the ball for 147 yards and a measly 3.3 yards per carry average.

Freshman Roy Finch continued to impress fans with 10 carries for 59 yards, which led the team.  Oklahoma once again did not worry too much about establishing the run since the pass was working so well.  However, it's something that needs to happen down the stretch of the season. 

Landry Jones had a great day, throwing for 453 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.  Jones aired the ball out a little bit to Ryan Broyles, hitting the star wideout for touchdowns of 81 and 64 yards.  The 81-yarder was Jones' longest completion in his career and Broyles' longest catch.

Ryan Broyles set a new school record for receiving yards in a game with nine catches for 208 yards and three touchdowns.  On a day when OSU's Justin Blackmon didn't play because of a suspension, Broyles made everyone aware that Blackmon is not the only star in the Big 12.  

DeMarco Murray had 10 catches on the night, an incredible number for a running back.  His night brought his season total to 40 catches and with four games to go, he could finish with an extremely high number on the year.  


Defense: B+

The defense played a great game by holding Colorado to 263 yards and only 10 points, but there was still not a lot of pressure up front on quarterback Cody Hawkins.  

The Sooners put a bit of heat on Hawkins several times, but only came away with one sack and didn't force a single turnover.  Plenty of support to get past Colorado, but with four high-powered offenses left on the schedule, the Sooners are going to have to do both in order to win out.

Kudos to the secondary, which played an absolutely fantastic game.  Cody Hawkins was 17-44 passing, in large part due to the tenacity of the Oklahoma cornerbacks.  The Sooners broke up quite a few passes and were in tight coverage on many others, not allowing the Buffalo receivers any room to make a play.


Game MVP: Ryan Broyles

Broyles continues to cement his legacy at Oklahoma by rewriting the receiving record book.  He needs only three touchdowns to break Mark Clayton's career number for receiving touchdowns.  

Broyles now has 78 catches for 1,018 yards and eight touchdowns.  He deserves Heisman consideration, but will need more games like last night and more Sooner wins in order to get it.  

The Sooners now turn their attention to Texas A&M as they travel down to College Station next week to face the Aggies.  It's always tough playing at Kyle Field and the 12th Man will be revved up after a beating of rival Texas Tech yesterday.

It's always tough on the road in the Big 12, especially for Oklahoma.  But for one week, the Sooners are back to the level they expected to be at all season.