Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 11/5/11

One of the oldest sayings about the sport of football is that the beauty lies in “the game, within the game.” As it pertains to Oklahoma’s 41-25 win against Texas A&M Saturday, the phrase needs to be tweaked just a bit. In this case, the real nuance is the “story, within the story.”

The story of course is that Oklahoma again notched another impressive win, proving that when their head is screwed on right, the Sooners are as good as anyone in college football. The game proved to be a lot more one-sided than the final score indicated, thanks to a big 28-point third quarter from Oklahoma. It was aided by two Ryan Tannehill interceptions, and turned a relatively tight 13-10 halftime lead for the Sooners, into a 41-10 blowout before the start of the fourth quarter. Oklahoma survied two late A&M scores and a botched onside kick attempt to hold on for the win.

However as we said, Saturday wasn't just about a victory for Oklahoma. It was also about a potentially crushing loss as well.

That’s because the story within the story was this: In the midst of that big third quarter rally, Oklahoma All-American wide receiver Ryan Broyles suffered a major knee injury, which has just been reported by Oklahoma beat writer John Hoover as a torn ACL. Bob Stoops later confirmed the injury at his press conference and announced that Broyles will not return this season. The career of Oklahoma- and college football's- all-time leader in receptions is over.

 

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