The outcome of this game is not shocking because of the quality of either team or the final score. The way in which the game was decided is what merits its placement on this list. Specifically, a ruling by the referee that Oregon recovered an onside kick when it fact Oklahoma recovered the onside kick.
After taking a 33-20 lead on a Garrett Hartley field goal with only 3:12 to play in the fourth quarter, it looked like OU would escape raucous Autzen Stadium with a hard-earned non-conference victory early in the 2006 season. Oregon QB Dennis Dixon had other ideas. He led the Ducks down the field in an eight-play, 65-yard touchdown drive to close the gap to 33-27.
What ensued was one of the worst calls in sports history. Needing an onside kick recovery to keep any hope of victory alive, Oregon kicked an onside kick, interfered with Malcolm Kelly's ability to catch the kick prior to it going 10 yards and "recovered" the football, according to the referee. Replays clearly show, however, that OU's Allen Patrick recovered the football, not an Oregon player. The play was reviewed, but miraculously was not overturned.
Instead, Oregon retained possession, stormed down the field, and scored a touchdown to take a 34-33 lead. Garrett Hartley had a chance to win it for OU with a 44-yard field goal attempt, but the kick was blocked.