This week, we’re counting down the Big 12’s biggest plays of the past 10 seasons. It’s a chance to look back and celebrate some of the league’s most memorable moments from the 2006 season through 2015. This list could easily be 250 plays instead of 25, but we tried to narrow our selections down to the most iconic and important. Here are No. 16 through No. 20.
16. Steven Parker's deflection of two-point attempt saved Oklahoma’s 2015 season
Oklahoma’s run to the College Football Playoff almost came to an end in mid-November, before the sophomore’s two-point conversion deflection saved the Sooners. TCU’s stunning fourth-quarter rally was almost complete when the Horned Frogs went for two points with just under a minute to play. Parker leaped to knock down Bram Kohlhausen's pass and rescue Oklahoma’s run to a Big 12 title and playoff berth. Oklahoma held on for a 30-29 win after entering the final quarter with a 30-13 lead.
Suh’s dominant display during the 2009 Big 12 championship game won’t be forgotten. The Huskers’ All-American defensive tackle set up shop in Texas’ backfield and racked up 4.5 sacks, including one in the third quarter, when he threw Colt McCoy backward like a rag doll. Suh added 11 tackles (six for loss) in a performance unlike any we had seen before.
18. Trey Millard 'hurdle-trucked' Texas to set the tone in 2012
An image of the 253-pound fullback hurdling Mykkele Thompson and bouncing off Adrian Phillips en route to a 73-yard reception against the Longhorns in 2012 is seared into the mind of anyone who saw the Sooners standout’s game-changing play. Millard’s early second-quarter gallop set the tone as Oklahoma cruised to a 63-21 domination of Texas and helped the Sooners secure a Big 12 co-championship in 2012.
19. Todd Reesing to Kerry Meier helped Kansas upset Missouri in 2008
In one of the top moments of the Mark Mangino era, Reesing found Meier amid the falling snow for a 26-yard game-winning touchdown with 27 seconds left, and the Jayhawks upset the No. 13-ranked Tigers 40-37. It was sweet revenge for Kansas, which had seen Missouri stamp out its dream of a perfect season with a 36-28 win in the “Armageddon at Arrowhead” a year earlier. The Border War rivals, who don’t play anymore due to realignment, provided some must-see matchups at the end of past decade.
20. Justin Gilbert’s missed interception in Bedlam 2013 changed both teams' destiny
The impact of this one play is remarkable. When Oklahoma receiver LaColtan Bester ripped Gilbert’s hand off the football, which allowed the ball to fall harmlessly on the turf with just under a minute remaining, the Sooners’ destiny changed. Oklahoma went on to score the game-winning touchdown, run Alabama off the field in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and return to the national stage heading into the 2014 season. If Gilbert had hung on, Oklahoma State would have won its second Big 12 title in three years and cemented its status as a Big 12 power.