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OU football: Trey Millard's 'play' still draws raves from Sooner teammates

Millard's 73-yard reception against Texas set the tone for Oklahoma's domination
by Ryan Aber Published: October 9, 2013

NORMAN — Nearly a year after the play, Adam Shead's eyes still bulge at its mention.

Bronson Irwin still shakes his head.

Brennan Clay breaks out in a big grin.

Blake Bell sums it up with “Wow.”

The reactions are all a little bit different, but Trey Millard's 73-yard reception against Texas still draws them whenever it's shown.

Millard didn't even score on the play — he was knocked out at the 4 — but how Millard got there said a lot about the game Oklahoma went on to win 63-21.

Early in the second quarter, Millard caught a swing pass from Landry Jones and took off.

Just past the Sooners' 40, Mykkele Thompson dove toward the 6-foot-2, 253-pound Millard's legs as Adrian Phillips tried to tackle Millard from the top.

Both failed.

Millard leapt over a flailing Thompson while delivering a left forearm that sent Phillips reeling.

The play, which came with OU already up 20-2, set the tone for the Sooners' domination.

“A little bit,” Millard said this week when asked if the play surprised him. “I kind of saw a gap, I remember, in the play, between those guys and kind of just aimed for it. Then, when you land, you just kind of keep running.”

Millard might talk about it like it was just another play — though he said he's never stiff-armed a player and hurdled another at the same time — but his teammates certainly don't.

“It's like having a cheat code,” Shead said. “It's like having a souped-up player on your side.

“It's pretty awesome.”

A picture of the play is blown up on a wall in the Sooners locker room.

“It was an incredible play,” center Gabe Ikard said. “One of those plays that you'll never forget. One of those plays that OU fans will never forget.

“That's gonna be one of my most vivid memories of college football.”

To Clay, the play embodies the program.

“It just shows you what Oklahoma can be,” Clay said. “Trey's such a different body. He's able to run, and he's so big and athletic. He's clearly one of the best players out on that field when he touches it.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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