After fumbling while trying to score a touchdown against Kansas last week, Broyles was so frustrated with himself — he rarely fumbles — that he took off his receiver gloves and tossed them into the trash on the Oklahoma sideline.
A quarter earlier, those same gloves had been instrumental in setting the NCAA mark in career receptions on a 57-yard touchdown grab. Now they were being covered in Gatorade, cups and who knows what else.
"I fumbled that ball and I needed a new pair," Broyles told the Oklahoman. "I'm superstitious. I didn't even think about it."
Oklahoma sports information director Kenny Mossman did think about it and after the game asked Broyles where the gloves were. When Broyles pointed to the trash, Mossman, clad in a suit and tie, went dumpster diving to salvage a piece of Oklahoma and NCAA history. Luckily, the gloves were only covered in a bit of Gatorade and not too damaged.
For Broyles, the gloves were insignificant compared to the ball, which had to be pried from Broyles' grasp after the game. The ball will be shipped to the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., for a few weeks before returning to Broyles for his trophy case.
"They'd better give it back," Broyles told the paper. "I'd go steal it if I had to."
- Ryan Broyles