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JAKE TROTTER Modified: August 13, 2009 at 7:11 am •  Published: August 13, 2009
esham scored both of OU’s touchdowns.

From the beginning of OU’s 62-21 rout of Missouri in the Big 12 Championship, Gresham was unstoppable. He had six grabs for 59 yards in the first two quarters as OU jumped to a 38-7 halftime lead.

In a 65-21 victory over the Red Raiders, Gresham set the tone early.

He reeled in a pass across the middle of the field, stiff-armed a Tech defender, then galloped 42 yards down the sideline to set up another touchdown.

"He’s a big monster,” coach Bob Stoops said. "He’s talented, he’s competitive, he’s got great hands, he’s a great athlete.

"The size, it’s just not natural to have a guy that big and strong to move and be as graceful as he is.”

Gresham’s top performance of 2008, however, came in a shootout at Oklahoma State. He took over the game in the second quarter, which allowed the Sooners to keep pace early with OSU’s offense. Then in the third quarter, his 73-yard deflected touchdown catch put OU ahead by double-digits and returned control of the game to the Sooners.

"Last year’s OSU game, we needed some big plays,” McCoy said. "He just did his thing. He showed up big in the Florida game. You can always depend on him to do his thing in games like that.

"That’s why I’m glad he’s still here.”