STILLWATER â€” Many people are already referring to it as the Play of the Year.
Oklahoma State cornerback Brodrick Brown's play during the Cowboys' 47-41 loss to Oklahoma will be remembered long after the 2010 Big 12 champion is crowned.
The redshirt sophomore jumped into the air, out of bounds, to bat a Landry Jones pass back to teammate Shaun Lewis for one of the most improbable interceptions in recent memory. It was the No. 1 play on ESPN SportsCenter's top-10 plays countdown on Saturday night.
Asked if he'd ever seen a play like that, OSU coach Mike Gundy was quick with his response:
â€œNo. I have not,â€ he said. â€œI'm sure I have, but I don't remember one like that.
â€œPretty amazing wasn't it?â€
Brown's play is nowhere to be found on the official box score, but a quick YouTube or Google search reveals the impact. As of Sunday night, a clip of Brown's play had already received over 884,000 views.
With one play, he's gone from the guy who replaced Perrish Cox in the Cotton Bowl to YouTube sensation.
What made the play special was Brown's recognition of his positioning on the field and awareness to intentionally bat the ball directly to his teammate. And the awareness of Lewis to react to Brown's play and catch the ball also cannot be overlooked. Nobody realized what the duo had done until the play was done.
The reaction of OU receiver Ryan Broyles tells the tale. He was looking around like, â€œWhat's going on?â€ Broyles made no effort to corral Lewis, who had just caught the ball only a few feet away, but he was crushed by a block by OSU defensive tackle Nigel Nicholas.
Could it be that Brodrick Brown could be ESPY-bound? It's hard to believe Brown's play won't at least earn a nomination for the Play of the Year ESPY.
â€œI've never seen anything like the playÂ Brodrick BrownÂ andÂ Shaun Lewis combined to make,â€ wrote ESPN.com Big 12 blogger David Ubben.Â â€œYou won't see anything like that again for a long time. That's the best play I've seen all year, and maybe one of the best ever.â€
It was one of several plays made by Brown during the game, including another extremely athletic interception on the sideline as Jones tried to throw away another pass. Brown finished with five tackles, one interception and SportsCenter's No. 1 play on Saturday.
â€œHe's a funny guy,â€ Gundy said. â€œHe just played 70 to 80 plays per game, and nobody notices until he's not out there. He's just one of those players, that's how he shows up.â€
Big-game Brodrick Brodrick Brown has quietly been one of the main reasons for Oklahoma State's 10-2 season. The sophomore cornerback stepped into the starting role this season and has excelled with 70 tackles, including two for loss; eight pass breakups; two interceptions; one forced fumble; and one fumble recovery. Here's a look at the impact Brown has had in OSU's big games this season: 41-38 win over Troy: Brown finished with seven tackles as the Pokes held off the Trojans. 38-35 win over Texas A&M: Brown finished with 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops, as OSU won the game thanks to Dan Bailey's field goal. 51-41 loss to Nebraska: Brown had seven tackles and one pass breakup against the Huskers. 55-28 win over Baylor: Brown finished with just four tackles but stripped Baylor receiver Josh Gordon and recovered the fumble early in the first half to spark the win. 33-16 win over Texas: Brown finished with 11 tackles, including six solo stops, as OSU defeated the Longhorns for the first time under coach Mike Gundy. 47-41 loss to Oklahoma: Brown had five tackles and one interception in addition to his â€œYouTubeâ€ tipped pass to teammate Shaun Lewis.