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 Celebrating the 2000s
Sooner fans cast more than 38,000 votes during May and June at SoonerSports.com for their top 10 wins and plays of OU's championship run in the 2000s.
 
  Greatest Plays

Video  No. 1 - Roy Williams Goes Superman
October 6, 2001 | Cotton Bowl | Dallas, Texas
Final Score: Oklahoma 14, Texas 3
 
Video  No. 2 - Marshall Interception at A&M
November 11, 2000 | College Station, Texas
Final Score: Oklahoma 35, Texas A&M 31
 
Video  No. 3 - Peterson Gone in Bedlam
October 30, 2004 | Stillwater, Okla.
Final Score: Oklahoma 38, Okla. State 35
 
Video  No. 4 - Woolfolk One-Handed Catch
October 28, 2000 | Owen Field, Norman
Final Score: Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 14
 
Video  No. 5 - Perkins Sets NCAA Record
September 20, 2003 | Owen Field, Norman
Final Score: Oklahoma 59, UCLA 24
 
Video  No. 6 - Murray Hurdles Past Texas
October 6, 2007 | Cotton Bowl | Dallas, Texas
Final Score: Oklahoma 28, Texas 21
 
Video  No. 7 - Fake Punt, Dagger for Bama
September 6, 2003 | Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Final Score: Oklahoma 20, Alabama 13
 
Video  No. 8 - Calmus Jars Weinke, Noles
January 3, 2001 | Orange Bowl | Miami, Fla.
Final Score: Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
 
Video  No. 9 - Peterson Shakes Hurricane
September 10, 2005 | Owen Field, Norman
Final Score: Oklahoma 31, Tulsa 15
 
Video  No. 10 - Bradley Tip, Catch and Burn
October 30, 2004 | Stillwater, Okla.
Final Score: Oklahoma 38, Okla. State 35 
 
  Greatest Wins

No. 1: Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
January 3, 2001 | Video Highlights | Photos
Pro Player Stadium | Miami, Fla.
 
No. 2: Oklahoma 63, Texas 14
October 7, 2000 | Video Highlights | Photos
Cotton Bowl Stadium | Dallas, Texas
 
No. 3: Oklahoma 65, Texas 13
October 11, 2003 | Video Highlights | Photos
Cotton Bowl Stadium | Dallas, Texas
 
No. 4: Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 14
October 28, 2000 | Video Highlights | Photos
Memorial Stadium | Norman, Okla.
 
No. 5: Oklahoma 35, Texas A&M 31
November 11, 2000 | Watch Video Highlights
Kyle Field | College Station, Texas
 
No. 6: Oklahoma 38, Missouri 17
December 1, 2007 | Video Highlights | Photos
Alamodome | San Antonio, Texas
 
No. 7: Oklahoma 14, Texas 3
October 6, 2001 | Video Highlights | Photos
Cotton Bowl Stadium | Dallas, Texas
 
No. 8: Oklahoma 12, Texas 0
October 9, 2004 | Video Highlights | Photos
Cotton Bowl Stadium | Dallas, Texas
 
No. 9: Oklahoma 41, Kansas State 31
October 14, 2000 | Video Highlights | Photos
KSU Stadium | Manhattan, Kan.
 
No. 10: Oklahoma 20, Alabama 13
September 6, 2003 | Video Highlights | Photos
Bryant-Denny Stadium | Tuscaloosa, Ala.
 
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  No. 1: Roy Williams Goes Superman

October 6, 2001 |VideoWatch the Play | Cotton Bowl Stadium
 
The game will be forever remembered by OU and Texas fans alike for one amazing play in the fourth quarter. But the Oklahoma defense stymied Chris Simms and the Longhorn attack for much of the game, limiting UT to just one field goal.
 
After a scoreless first stanza, OU took a 7-0 lead in the second when Quentin Griffin scored from two yards out. After an injury to starting quarterback Nate Hybl, Jason White came in and led the Sooners down the field. Utilizing White's speed and decision-making ability, OU ran the option offense to perfection on the 11-play, 61-yard drive.
 
Texas added three with just 14 seconds remaining in the first half when Dusty Mangum's 27-yard field goal sailed true. The 7-3 score held through the third quarter as the teams flexed defensive muscle and played field position.
 
In the fourth, OU's Tim Duncan lined up to kick a 27-yard field goal, however he instead pooch punted the ball and Texas' Nathan Vasher inexplicably downed the ball on his own three yard line. Texas had 97 yards to go for the winning score, however Roy Williams dashed those hopes on a play that had to be seen to be believed.
 
Williams leaped over a UT blocking back and hit Chris Simms' throwing arm before he was able to throw the ball. The deflected pass went directly into the arms of Teddy Lehman and the sophomore linebacker dashed in for the game-clinching score.
 
"I don't know if Roy knows it," said Lehman later when asked about the famous play. "I should have told him, but if it weren't for me, it would have just been second down (laughs)."
 
  No. 2: Torrance Marshall Interception

November 11, 2000 |VideoWatch the Play | College Station, Texas
 
By early November of the 2000 season, Oklahoma remained the lone undefeated team in NCAA D-I. The Sooners faced the largest crowd ever to witness a football game in the state of Texas: 87,188 screaming, towel-waving Aggie fans intent on willing A&M to an upset of No. 1 Oklahoma at Kyle Field.
 
For three quarters, things did not go OU's way as Texas A&M built a 24-10 lead. Sooner kicker Tim Duncan nailed a field goal at the end of the third quarter and Quentin Griffin raced 21 yards just 14 seconds into the fourth to cut the Aggie lead to 24-21.
 
Just as it appeared Oklahoma was poised for a comeback, big A&M running back Jammar Toombs broke through the Sooner line on a fourth and one and scored from 27 yards away to put the Aggies up, 31-21.
 
OU's offense answered with a march capped by a two-yard TD run by Griffin (his 15th rushing score of the season). With just 7:43 left in the game, Texas A&M still had a 31-28 lead. Now, it was up to the defense.
 
On the ensuing play following OU's kickoff, Sooner linebacker Torrance Marshall snagged a pass over the middle by A&M quarterback Mark Farris and turned for the OU sideline. The senior from Miami skirted up the edge of the field, danced his way past Aggie offensive linemen and raced into the end zone for a 41-yard score.
 
  No. 3: Peterson Gone in Bedlam

October 30, 2004 |VideoWatch the Play | Stillwater, Okla.
 
Bedlam indeed prevailed in Stillwater as this 2004 contest is the only game to feature two plays voted in the top 10 by Sooner fans (Mark Bradley's tip, catch and burn is below at No. 10).
 
But Sooner All-American Adrian Peterson gets the No. 3 slot with a rush that stands out even among his glittering collection of OU highlights. A.D. takes a handoff from quarterback Jason White, plunges into the thick of the OSU line, spins a full 360 degrees and commences an Oklahoma land run to the end zone.
 
  No. 4: Woolfolk One-Handed Catch

October 28, 2000 |VideoWatch the Play | Owen Field, Norman
 
Reminiscent of old times, it was No. 3 OU vs. No. 1 Nebraska. The Huskers led 14-0 midway through the first quarter, but it was all Oklahoma from there. Josh Heupel threw for 300 yards and a TD, and Derrick Strait sealed the win with a 32-yard interception return in the third quarter amid a wave of oranges that came flying from the stands.
 
Andre Woolfolk, then slotted at receiver, makes an amazing one-handed catch as he's falling to the field that demands viewing in slow motion for full appreciation. The Nebraska sideline and Husker free safety Dion Booker certainly had a painful, front-row seat for this one.
 
  No. 5: Perkins Sets NCAA Record

September 20, 2003 |VideoWatch the Play | Owen Field, Norman
 
Junior cornerback and punt returner Antonio Perkins treated Sooner fans to a record day against the UCLA Bruins at Owen Field in late September, 2003.
 
Perkins set an NCAA game record with 277 punt return yards and three punt returns for touchdowns as No. 1 Oklahoma torched UCLA, 59-24. This highlights is his final return of the day with ABC's Brent Musberger making the historic call.
 
  No. 6: Murray Hurdles Past Texas

October 6, 2007 |VideoWatch the Play | Cotton Bowl Stadium
 
Freshman DeMarco Murray took over as Oklahoma's featured back after starter Allen Patrick was hurt in the third quarter and had a 65-yard touchdown run, which he got to celebrate on the sideline with former OU star Adrian Peterson , visiting during the Minnesota Vikings' bye week.
 
In the play, Murray leaps over Sooner tight end Joe Jon Finley and outraces Longhorn safety Marcus Griffin along a jubilant Oklahoma sideline for the score. Murray finished with 128 yards in OU's 28-21 win at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
 
  No. 7: Fake Punt, Dagger for Bama

September 6, 2003 |VideoWatch the Play | Tuscaloosa, Ala.
 
In a clash between two of the most storied programs in college football, Alabama appeared to be taking control late in the third quarter. OU turned the Tide when Blake Ferguson completed a 22-yard pass on a fake punt, and Jason White followed with a 47-yard bomb to Brandon Jones to lead the top-ranked Sooners to victory.
 
  No. 8: Calmus Jars Weinke, Noles

January 3, 2001 |VideoWatch the Play | Pro Player Stadium
 
Featuring two of the nation's top scoring teams, this was a game that figured to keep the scoreboard busy. Oklahoma's defense set the tone from the start, however, carrying the Sooners to their seventh national title.
 
The Oklahoma offense provided a six-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but Sooner fans sweated the slim margin until All-American linebacker Rocky Calmus nailed Weinke with a jarring hit, knocking the ball loose. Roy Williams recovered the fumble at the FSU 15-yard line and two plays later, running back Quentin Griffin waltzed through the middle of the Seminole defense for the game's only touchdown.
 
  No. 9: Peterson Shakes Hurricane

September 10, 2005 |VideoWatch the Play | Owen Field, Norman
 
Oklahoma's All-American running back and current NFL star Adrian Peterson is the only Sooner to have two plays voted on the top 10 list. His spin and dash against Oklahoma State in 2004 was spectacular (No. 3 above), but this play against Tulsa at Owen Field a season later provided the biggest cheers from the home crowd.
 
Peterson takes the handoff, rolls around the right end and plows over Tulsa corner Roy Roberts. Peterson then shakes the grasp of linebacker Alain Karatepeyan by running backwards and finally slips the grasp of safety Bobby Blackshire as he high-steps into the end zone for the score.
 
  No. 10: Bradley Tip, Catch and Burn

October 30, 2004 |VideoWatch the Play | Stillwater, Okla.
 
This is the most spectacular of Mark Bradley's three first-half catches for touchdowns against the Cowboys in Stillwater. As this game see-sawed back and forth between the Bedlam rivals, Bradley tips a pass from Jason White up in the air at his own 30 and stretches to catch it nearly five yards down the field. The former track star then turns on the jets and races past a dismayed OSU student section for the score.
 
Oklahoma radio analyst and long-time coach Merv Johnson, alongside play-by-play caller Bob Barry, provides a humorous insight in this highlight from the Sooner Sports Network. No, Coach Merv, they certainly didn't have a chance at catching Bradley at full tilt. Oklahoma would eventually clinch a 38-35 win against Oklahoma State.