OU quarterback Landry Jones rolled right, surveyed the field, couldn't find an open receiver and thought better of it.
He did what quarterbacks are taught to do. Chuck the ball out of bounds; get back to the huddle for second down.
Unfortunately for Jones, OSU cornerback Brodrick Brown was in the general vicinity, and what happened next garnered national attention and is now close to earning Brown and linebacker Shaun Lewis a plane ticket to Los Angeles as a finalist for ESPY Play of the Year.
“Something just told me to jump and I just jumped and surprisingly I got the ball,” Brown said. “I was trying to get the interception, but I was falling out of bounds, so I just tossed it back in.”
And it was a perfect toss right in the waiting arms of Lewis, combining for an improbable interception in the Cowboys' 2010 Bedlam loss.
“I saw him there,” Brown said. “But I didn't know he was going to have the awareness to catch it and return it how he did.”
Half the crowd went wild, while the other half remained in shock, not sure about what they had just seen.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit gave his immediate reaction: “Unbelievable effort. This is something you do when you are clowning around in the backyard.”
The ESPYs take place July 13th and will be nationally televised live by ESPN.
“I was shocked (it was nominated),” Brown said. “And I definitely plan on going if I am in the top four.”
Brown has sized up his competition, and he shared his thoughts on the other four plays that are in the running.
Wayne Rooney bicycle kick
Feb. 12 at Old Trafford in Manchester
Rooney drilled a picturesque bicycle kick from the top of the box for a game-winning goal in one of the biggest rivalries in the world, Manchester United and Manchester City.
“Basically he did a back flip and kicked it into the goal. Our play is kind of similar because it was both into the air.”
Nov. 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles
They could have nominated plenty of Griffin dunks this year, but this was the one they chose. It was a ferocious slam over 7-foot-1 Timofey Mozgov
“Blake Griffin is a tough act to follow. Dunking over someone who is seven feet tall. It is unbelievable.”
Jan. 8 at Qwest Field in Seattle
Wild card weekend with the defending champion Saints in Seattle. Lynch single-handedly put the game away with a jaw-dropping, explosive run right through the gut of the New Orleans defense.
“Besides mine, that is the best one that I like. He basically ran over the entire Saints defense, while stiff-arming a defender while running.”
Dec. 19 at New Meadowlands Stadium in New York
As time expired in regulation, Jackson picked up a botched punt, wove through the Giants coverage team and scored as time expired for an incredible 38-31 Eagles win.
“He does that to everybody. It was a crucial situation for their team and a big deal. He is basically a gamebreaker.”