Game Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 01, 2011
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  Oklahoma Team Notes

• Oklahoma competed in its fifth Fiesta Bowl and school-record 12th consecutive bowl. The Sooners are 26-17-1 all-time in bowl games.

• Tonight's game was the first-ever series meeting between Oklahoma and Connecticut.

• Oklahoma scored on its game-opening drive for the seventh time this season. All seven scores were touchdowns. The last time the Sooners scored on their opening drive was against Texas Tech on Nov. 13.

• The Sooners scored on back-to-back opening drives for the fourth time this season. OU previously did that against Florida State (Sept. 11), Texas (Oct. 2) and Texas Tech (Nov. 13).

• Oklahoma had two players with 100-plus receiving yards for the third time this year (Ryan Broyles - 170 and Cameron Kenney - 154). It is the ninth time in OU history for the feat.

• The Sooners recorded at least one defensive touchdown for the 37th time under Bob Stoops and second time this season.

• Oklahoma returned two interceptions for touchdowns for the first time since 2002 (Antonio Perkins and Michael Hawkins vs. UTEP).

• Oklahoma set a team bowl record for net passing yards (429) and had the second-most total yards (524).

• The Sooners tied the team bowl record for most points in a game (48). The mark was previously set against Virginia in the 1991 Gator Bowl and Duke in the 1958 Orange Bowl.

  Oklahoma Individual Notes

Ryan Broyles
• Junior wide receiver Ryan Broyles extended his single season receptions record to 131 catches. Broyles also holds the single season record with 1,622 receiving yards. Broyles already holds the Oklahoma career receiving yards record (3,429).

• With 262 all-purpose yards tonight, Broyles moved into fifth on the OU career all-purpose yards list with 4,634, passing Adrian Peterson (4,405 ; 2004-06) and Greg Pruitt (4,431; 1970-72).

• Broyles set an Oklahoma bowl game career reception yards record with 170 tonight. Broyles' 352 yards moved him past Tinker Owens (195, 1972-75); Corey Warren (203, 1990-93) and Quentin Chaney (203, 2006-09) and Juaquin Iglesias (316, 2005-09).

• Broyles also set an Oklahoma career bowl record for receptions with 13 tonight to move his career total to 30. He moved past Juaquin Iglesias (24, 2005-09) and Quentin Griffin (25, 1999-02).

• Broyles recorded 170 receiving yards, the sixth time he has tallied 100-plus receiving yards in a half this year. It marks his 10th 100-plus game this year (17th career) and first since at Baylor on Nov. 20. The total is also an Oklahoma bowl game individual record.

• Broyles moved into third on the Big 12 career receptions list with 3,429.

• Broyles had 92 punt return yards to move into third on the Oklahoma career list in the category. Broyles passed Jack Mitchell (927, 1946-48). Jarrail Jackson (1,238; 1996-99) is second, while the career holder is Antonio Perkins with 1,441 from 2002-04.

• His 57-yard punt return in the third quarter was the third longest punt return in Oklahoma bowl history and longest under Bob Stoops.

• Broyles had 13 catches on the evening, marking the sixth time this season with at least 10 catches and the ninth time of his career.

• Broyles owns the top mark on the Oklahoma reception leaders list for a single bowl game. He also had 13 against Stanford in the 2009 Sun Bowl.

DeMarco Murray
• Senior running back DeMarco Murray scored his first career bowl touchdown in the first quarter. The touchdown the 50th of Murray's career. He's the third Oklahoma player to have 50-plus rushing touchdowns in a career (57 by Steve Owens, 1967-69 and 53 by Billy Sims, 1975-79).

• Murray extended his career all-purpose yards record to 6,719 yards.

• Murray moved into second on the Oklahoma career rushing attempts list (759). He passed Quentin Griffin (744, 1999-02) and Adrian Peterson (747, 2004-06). He also moved into 12th on the career rushing yards list in a single season (1,214).

• Murray's 25 rushes tied for the fifth-most by an individual in a bowl game - all set in the Orange Bowl: Adrian Peterson (2005), J.C. Watts (1981) and Billy Sims (1979).

Landry Jones
• Sophomore quarterback Landry Jones set the Oklahoma career record for pass attempts (1,066). Jones passed Josh Heupel's record of 1,025 set from 1999-00. Jones also set the career completions record with 666, moving past Heupel's 654 from 1999-00.

• Jones finished the year with 4,718 passing yards, two yards shy of Oklahoma's school record held by Sam Bradford (2008).

• Jones moved into third on the Oklahoma single season list for touchdown passes (38), moving past Sam Bradford's 36 during the 2007 season. He extended his single season passing attempts record to 617 and his single season completions record to 405.

• Jones set an individual bowl record in passing yardage (429) and touchdown passes (3) and had 34 completions, the second most on the individual bowl list.

• Jones also set Oklahoma career bowl records for completions (64, tying Josh Heupel's record from 1999-00), attempts (100), passing yards (847) and touchdown passes (6).

• Jones competed his first 11 passes on the night. His career best is 13 which he's done twice - at Cincinnati on Sept. 25 and vs. Iowa State on Oct. 16.

Kenny Stills
• Freshman wide receiver Kenny Stills moved into 10th on the Oklahoma single season receiving yards list with 73 yards. Stills' single season total stands at 786 receiving yards this year. He moved past Manuel Johnson (714, 2008) and Buster Rhymes (731, 1983).

• Stills set a career high with eight receptions, moving his single season total to 61. The total ranks 13th on the Oklahoma single season receptions list.

Cameron Kenney
• Senior wide receiver Cameron Kenney set a career high with seven receptions and 154 reception yards. Kenney has had at least six receptions in each of his last three games. It was Kenney's second 100-plus yard game of his career (141 at Oklahoma State on Nov. 27).

• Kenney's 59-yard touchdown in the third quarter was the third longest passing play in Oklahoma bowl history and the longest in a bowl game under Bob Stoops. It was the ninth play of 50-plus yards this year and Kenney's second.

James Hanna
• Junior tight end James Hanna recorded his seventh touchdown of the year in the first quarter. Hanna had not recorded a touchdown prior to this season.

Jimmy Stevens
• Junior place kicker Jimmy Stevens connected for a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter. It was Stevens' fourth 40-plus yard field goal of his career and third this season.

• Stevens connected on a 24-yard field goal late in the second quarter, recording his sixth multiple-field goal game of the year and the 11th of his career. Stevens has had two or more field goals in each of the last four games and is 12-for-13 in those contests.

• He now has 19 field goals this season, tied for second on the single season list with Trey DiCarlo (2003), Garrett Hartley (2006) and Tim Lashar (1985). The total trails Tim Duncan's 21 from 2001.

Jeremy Beal
• Senior defensive end Jeremy Beal ended with one tackle for loss, moving his career total to 58.5, a half sack shy of Rocky Calmus' career record (59, 1998-01).

Jamell Fleming
• Junior defensive back Jamell Fleming recorded his team-best fifth interception during the third quarter. The 55-yard return for the touchdown was the fourth longest interception return in Oklahoma bowl history and the longest under Bob Stoops.

Tony Jefferson
• Freshman defensive back Tony Jefferson recorded the second sack of his career during the third quarter. Jefferson's first career sack was against Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game.

• Jefferson recorded his second career interception in the fourth quarter of tonight's game. He previously had one against Baylor on Nov. 20.

  UConn Team Notes




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