Broyles Breaks Big 12 Career Receptions Mark

OU slot receiver Ryan Broyles

NORMAN, Okla. — OU slot receiver Ryan Broyles became the Big 12's all-time leader in career receptions Saturday when he hauled in his fourth and final catch around the four-minute mark of the third quarter.

Sooner quarterback Landry Jones found him for a right flanker screen that gave him 304 career catches, surpassing the previous record of 303 set by former Texas Tech running back Taurean Henderson from 2002-05.

"It feels good," Broyles said. "Hard work pays off. Playing with great athletes doesn't hurt either."

The moment was one that Broyles could only describe in a few words.

"It was too surreal," Broyles said. "I got a little emotional. I had people that never thought I would be in this position in my life. I just kept chipping away, chipping away, and it definitely paid off."

And he had the luxury of paying it off in front of his home crowd.

"Yeah, so the fans could enjoy it," Broyles said. "Without them, we wouldn't be who we are. I love to give back to the fans. It was great to get that done here."

Broyles tied the record when he caught a deep pass over the middle that went 64 yards to the house, also in the third quarter.

"That's just the offense we play in, consistent," Broyles said. "We try to keep the ball on the ground. When teams take that away, we can go deep, too."

That was his second touchdown of the day.

His first came at the latter part of the first half when Jones found him for a 27-yard score, and his only other catch was on a 12-yard seam route completion in the first quarter.

Broyles now sits just 12 receptions shy of the all-time NCAA mark set by Purdue's Taylor Stubblefield between 2001 and 2004.

And barring any unforeseen injuries or complications, he will easily shatter that in the next few games.

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