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Anger fueled Kenny Stills’ Top Play of the Day

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 28, 2012
Oklahoma's Kenny Stills (4) scores a touchdown during the Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Oklahoma won 51-48. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Kenny Stills (4) scores a touchdown during the Bedlam college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. Oklahoma won 51-48. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
If OSU’s cornerback Justin Gilbert hadn’t let a pass slip through his hands, Kenny Stills’ would never have had SportsCenter’s No. 1 Play of the Day.

The play came when OU quarterback Landry Jones passed to Stills at the three-yard line on the left side of the field. Gilbert looked like he was going to pick off the pass, but it went straight through his hands, hit Stills on his chest pads, popped into the air and eventually into Stills’ hands as he fell into the end zone for the touchdown that tied it before halftime.

“I was pretty frustrated since I dropped the first touchdown,” the junior wide receiver said. “I’m pretty hard on myself about dropping balls  and dropping touchdowns.

“I just wanted to do everything I could to get in the end zone this time. (Gilbert) did a good job of playing defense. He could have had a pick but it went through his hands and I made the play.”

Stills said that is the first time in his playing career that he ever had a pass that he somehow tipped to himself for a touchdown.

“I just happened to keep my focus on it,” Stills said.

As for making the No. 1 play of the day in SportsCenter’s Top 10, Stills found out when he got some texts while he was out that night.

“That doesn’t really change anything I guess,” Stills said about the highlight. “Just helped us win.”


by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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