Five best OU moments in the Big 12 Championship game

by Berry Tramel Modified: December 3, 2010 at 8:27 am •  Published: December 2, 2010

The five best OU moments in Big 12 Championship history:

1. Heupel Option 2000: Noted optioneer Josh Heupel ignited OU's first Big 12 championship. Tied at 17-17, on the first play of the fourth quarter, the Sooners faced fourth-and-1 at the KSU 39-yard line. Heupel ran OU's first option play of the season; he pitched to Quentin Griffin, who motored 22 yards to set up the go-ahead touchdown.

2. Tall Paul 2006: The Sooners led 14-7 but were backed up, third-and-10, inches from their goal line. But Paul Thompson hit tight end Jermaine Gresham for a 35-yard gain that ignited a 99-yard drive that sewed up a 21-7 victory over Nebraska.

3. Lofton Lift 2007: Against No. 1-ranked Missouri, the Sooners broke a 14-14 halftime tie with Allen Patrick's 4-yard TD run, then linebacker Curtis Lofton intercepted a deflected Chase Daniel pass and returned it 26 yards to the Mizzou 7-yard line. A 38-17 rout was on.

4. Q Rating 2002: Jeremy Bloom's 80-yard punt return pulled Colorado within 13-7 in the third quarter, and OU's Rose Bowl hopes seem endangered. But Quentin Griffin reeled off a 36-yard TD run to give the Sooners a cushion, added a 27-yard TD run to seal a 29-7 victory and finished with 188 yards on 29 carries, including 133 yards in the second half.

5. Orange Blossom Special 2008: A fan threw an orange onto the field, like in the old Orange Bowl days, except this time the game was in progress. Sam Bradford was in the shotgun, maybe two seconds from taking the center snap, when the orange rolled a few feet from him. Bradford paid no mind. He fired a 7-yard TD pass to Juaquin Iglesias to give OU a 24-7 lead over Missouri and jettison the Sooners to a 62-21 victory, their fifth straight 60-point performance.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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