October 28, 2012

HD: Saunders ties OU single game receiving record

Lost in the the disappointment of Saturday nights loss was one of the best performances in recent memory from a Oklahoma wide receiver.

Playing in just his third game in a Sooner uniform Jalen Saunders tied Ryan Broyles single game record of 15 receptions which was good enough for season high 181 receiving yards.

"I thought I did pretty well. I have a lot to improve on," said Saunders. "I can't just sit on this, despite everything I did tonight for my team. I feel bad for the loss, and I just hate to see it happen. We'll just have to get back on Monday and get get back to work."

For Saunders- who was cleared three weeks ago prior to making his first start versus Texas- Saturday's performance served as his official coming out party as he zigged and zagged through a stingy Irish defense.

But even despite a record tying performance it will be the loss that eats at him.

"Of course it is hard to see. I'm not a person to sit on my accolades, stats, or anything. I love winning- that's why I play football," said Saunders.

"I like playing with other people, I just like winning. It just hurts to lose a game like this because we've been preparing all week."

Oklahoma now heads back into Big 12 conference play as they head to Ames for a match-up with Iowa State.

Another bounce back game that Sooner captain Gabe Ikard knows will be a tough test in facing a Cyclone club that is no stranger to the role of the underdog.

"Something has still got to happen to Kansas State but we still have a championship to play for, for the most part. We've just got to keep a positive attitude towards playing those conference games," said Ikard. "(We) can't dwell on this too long we've got to go to Ames next week and it's a really tough place to play."

By the numbers

1 Blake Bell's fourth quarter 1-yard touchdown run was the first rushing touchdown allowed by Notre Dame in 2012.

4 The Oklahoma offensive struggles were magnified on third down as the Sooners were just 4-for-14 on third down conversions vs. Notre Dame.

6 Tress Way punted the ball six times for a total of 252 yards including a long of 60 yards. Five of the six punts were downed inside the Irish 20-yard line.

11 Tony Jefferson lead the Sooner defensive attack recording 11 tackles vs. Notre Dame. The junior free safety has lead Oklahoma in the last three games in that category recording seven tackles vs. Texas and 11 each of the last two games.

181 Saunder's 181 receiving yards was the most for a Sooner wide receiver in 2012. Kenny Stills recorded 121 yards in Oklahoma's season opener vs. UTEP.

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