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October 6, 2001 |Watch 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)."
November 11, 2000 |Watch 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.
October 30, 2004 |Watch 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.
October 28, 2000 |Watch 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.
September 20, 2003 |Watch 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.
October 6, 2007 |Watch 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.
September 6, 2003 |Watch 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.
January 3, 2001 |Watch 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.
September 10, 2005 |Watch 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.
October 30, 2004 |Watch 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.