Top 10 Moments of Oklahoma's Season

Kenny BowyerContributor IDecember 9, 2008

With OU's success this season, we decided to take a look back at the Top 10 moments of the Sooners' great run this year.

10. Record One: 702

OU has scored 702 points so far this season, breaking Hawaii's single-season scoring record of one fewer game.

9. Record Two: 5/60

The Oklahoma Sooners became the first team in NCAA history to score 60+ points in five straight games after a late touchdown against No. 20 Missouri in the Big 12 Championship game.  The streak started against Nebraska (62 points), then continued at Texas A&M (66), Texas Tech (65), at Oklahoma State (61), and against Missouri (62).

8. Follow the Bouncing Ball

Facing 3rd-and-8, tight end Jermaine Gresham scored a 73-yard touchdown pass that was intended for Manuel Johnson, but was deflected into the air over three Cowboys and into his arms.  He was able to outrun the rest of the defenders the final 50 yards to put Oklahoma up 30-19.

7. Bradford Goes Airborne

Facing third and goal from the Oklahoma State nine-yard line, OU's Heisman hopeful Sam Bradford was chased out of the pocket by Oklahoma State's Patrick Lavine.  Bradford was able to outrun the speedy Lavine down the sideline.

Running out of real estate, and closing in on the end zone, Bradford was hit by several Cowboys, sending OU's signal caller into an acrobatic spin out of bounds that has been a highlight on YouTube ever since. 

6. Some Tough Bearcats

OU overcame a school-record 365 all-purpose yards from Mardy Gilyard as the Sooners rolled to a 52-26 win.  The now No. 12 Bearcats went on to win the Big East and are Orange Bowl-bound.

5. Record Three: 97

OU overcame a gritty performance by now No. 11 TCU.  OU won 35-10, and one day later, became the new No. 1 team in the AP Poll.  The Sooners have been ranked No. 1 more than any team in college football (97 weeks).  The Sooners also own records for weeks ranked in Top Two (194 weeks), Top Five (367 weeks), and Top 10 (504 weeks).

4. Sack and Fumble

With 2:55 remaining in what was to become the highest point scoring game in Bedlam history, Oklahoma State had the ball on its own 47-yard line, trailing 54-41.  Zac Robinson was sacked by Jeremy Beal for a nine-yard loss and fumbled the football, and OU's Adrian Taylor recovered it at the Cowboy 38-yard line.  OU scored five plays later, solidifying a 61-41 road win for the Sooners.

3. Red River Rivalry

No. 1 Oklahoma.  No. 5 Texas.  The annual Red River Shootout was just that, with the team in burnt orange taking a 45-35 win against the Sooners.  Usually, the winner of this contest controls its own fate in the Big 12 South race, but not this year.

2. The Rout

No. 2 Texas Tech and its high-powered, circus act of an offense rolled into Norman to face the Sooners with lots at stake.  Two Heisman quarterback candidates, control of the Big 12 South, and for Oklahoma, a 23-game home winning streak.

OU wasted no time making a statement, scoring six of the game's first seven touchdowns, and rolled to a 65-21 win, where the fans, who been called out by head coach Bob Stoops for not being loud, received the game ball for being loud.

1. The Leap

On Nov. 30, one day after stealing a win against the previously ninth-ranked team in the nation on the road, the Oklahoma Sooners leaped over Texas in the BCS standings, spreading a firestorm of controversy.  Texas won the head-to-head.  OU's strength of schedule was tougher.

Nonetheless, rules are rules, and the Oklahoma Sooners proved that they belonged in the Big 12 Championship game by drumming Missouri.