It was a heartbreaking snapshot, seeing Broyles weep on the sideline after being told he'd torn his left ACL. As we know now, the 2011 Sooners never really recovered, even if Broyles soon will.
RG3 has his “Heisman moment” (Nov. 19)
Sore spot, Sooners fans, I know. But it was perhaps one of the more indelible moments from the entire college football season, much less OU's year.
The Sooners were clinging to hopes of getting back into the national title hunt. They were gone in 50 seconds. Robert Griffin III led Baylor down the field with no timeouts to win the game – and, in effect, the Heisman. He had sort of slipped from contention for the award until that back-foot throw to the end zone.
Landry loses the ball in Bedlam (Dec. 3)
The single biggest what-the-heck moment of the season had to be Landry Jones having the ball slip from his hand early in the second half in Stillwater.
The rout was already on, but that moment had a real punch-in-the-gut quality to it. It illustrated the late-season woes with the offense. It hasn't happened much, but it showed it was Oklahoma State's year, too.
Postgame celebration in the desert (Dec. 30)
It ended well for the Sooners, at least. They won ugly against Iowa in the Insight Bowl, but what did you expect? Still plenty of hope for the future. OU figures to again contend for the Big 12 title in 2012.
I felt like it had been a long time since I'd seen a lot of the players, coaches and school officials smile like that. Going out on that note sure beat the alternative, I'm sure.
That's three consecutive bowl wins for OU, helping off-season momentum.
There were obviously many more moments, but I feel like those events moved the narrative of the season. I hope there were things you all enjoyed about the year. I know that's certainly true in my case. I've enjoyed my time here greatly already, and I'm excited knowing that we're just getting started.
Here's to 2012.