Top-10 Offensive Plays for the Sooners

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 12, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma earned a record 34th 10-win season, a share of its 44th conference championship and a berth in the AT&T Cotton Bowl during the 2012 regular season.
From thrilling, last-second scores to big defensive turnovers and stops, what are the plays that stood out most to you this season for the Sooners? We're asking fans to rank the 10 biggest on both sides of the ball.
We already took a look at the Top-10 defensive plays. Now, we focus on the best plays from the offense. We present them here in the order they happened as the season unfolded. Refresh your memory by watching all 10 and then make your vote! We'll reveal the fans' rankings here on
  Red River Record Run

Late in the first quarter and backed up on the 5-yard line, Landry Jones handed the ball to Damien Williams out of the diamond formation. The junior RB burst through the line following Trey Millard's block on UT's Demarco Cobbs and expertly followed a downfield block by Justin Brown. Williams turned on the jets after Kenny Stills blasted Quandre Diggs in pursuit. Ninety-five yards later, Williams owned the longest touchdown run in OU-Texas history, the crimson half of the Cotton Bowl was roaring and the rout was on:

  Millard Trucks Texas

Oklahoma ran around, through and over the Texas defense in 2012 and no play better illustrated the Sooners' dominance than this play-action catch and rumble by Trey Millard. Up, 20-2, early in the second quarter, a wide-open Millard caught the ball at OU's 22 and immediately turned upfield. The junior fullback pulled a combination hurdle/stiff-arm move that left two Texas defenders on the Cotton Bowl turf. The play was so awe-inspiring, Texas QB Case McCoy, looking on in disbelief, was mowed down by an official trying to keep up with Millard along the sideline:

  Jones Hits Stills in Stride vs. Kansas

No play better illustrated the arm strength and accuracy of Oklahoma's senior quarterback than this beauty from Landry Jones to Kenny Stills against the Jayhawks. Late in the first quarter, Jones launched a strike from the OU logo at midfield to Stills sprinting for the end zone. A step ahead of his Kansas defender, Stills looked over his right shoulder and hauled in the TD catch without breaking stride. Cue the Schooner:

  Brown Tipped TD at Iowa State

With Oklahoma up, 14-6, in the third quarter in Ames, Landry Jones took the shotgun snap at the 29 and aimed for the end zone. Receiver Justin Brown did a mid-air 180, turning to face the incoming ball. Iowa State DB Jeremy Reeves managed to get his hand up for the tip but Brown didn't break his concentration. The senior hauled in the catch and stubbed his toes inside the line for the score:

  Belldozer Switches Gears vs. Baylor

Sooner fans had seen Blake Bell's short-yardage churns but in this run against Baylor, the Belldozer headed for the highway. Inserted to secure a first down on third-and-1, Bell followed the script behind key blocks by trusty wingmen Aaron Ripkowski and Trey Millard. Then, the field opened up and Bell started tearing up huge chunks of yardage between strides. If you stay focused on Bell during the highlight, it doesn't appear he's moving that fast until you notice the yard markers going by in a blur:

  Jones to Stills for Win at West Virginia

With the game on the line facing a 49-44 deficit at West Virginia, the Sooners saved their best for last. On fourth-and-3 from the WVU 5-yard line, Landry Jones hit Kenny Stills on a quick slant for the go-ahead touchdown with 24 seconds remaining to lift Oklahoma to a 50-49 victory in Morgantown:

  Stills TD Catch vs. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert thought he had a sure pick-six. He thought wrong. Landry Jones' pass went right through his hands and Kenny Stills maintained focus to haul in the touchdown catch after briefly bobbling it. The score allowed the Sooners to keep pace and go into halftime tied at 24:

  Saunders Return TD vs. Oklahoma State

Trailing 38-30 in the fourth quarter of Bedlam, the Sooners needed a spark. Junior Jalen Saunders weaved through a series of Oklahoma State defenders and raced down the sidelines 81 yards to bring OU within 38-36 before the two-point conversion tied it up:

  Bell Forces Overtime vs. Oklahoma State

For the second consecutive week, the Sooners were down to their last play inside their opponent's 10-yard line and behind on the scoreboard. Same situation, different quarterback. With fourth-and-1 from the Oklahoma State 4-yard line, the Sooners turned to Blake Bell. The Belldozer took the snap, rolled to his left, hurdled a defender in the backfield, ran over another at the 2-yard line and willed his way into the end zone with four seconds remaining in regulation. Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium exploded as the Sooners forced overtime:

  Clay's Bedlam Winner vs. Oklahoma State

After the Oklahoma defense held OSU to a field goal in the opening scene of overtime, the Sooners just needed to advance the ball 25 yards for a touchdown to win. Rather than make this a drawn-out, methodical process, Brennan Clay made it a quick kill. On the second play of OU's OT possession, Clay found the hole and ran over a pair of Oklahoma State defenders on his way to the 18-yard Bedlam-winning touchdown:




Sooner Sports Properties, LLC, is the multimedia rights holder for athletics at the University of Oklahoma.
Sooner Sports Properties is a joint venture of Learfield Communications and Tyler Media, LLC.


Sooner Sports Powered by FOX Sports is a multi-platform network that provides distribution of 1,000+ hours of Sooner sports programming annually on a variety of FOX Sports outlets, including FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Southwest, and FOX College Sports.