Box's Best

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners may have lost a leader and true force of a defensive player in linebacker Austin Box, who passed away late last week, but he certainly won't be forgotten, and Sooners Illustrated now releases the three biggest plays/moments of Box's career in memory of him.

3. His nine tackle performance against Kansas State, Oct. 25, 2008--Sooner fans may remember this one as the game where OU tied a record for most points in a half when it scored 55 in the first half against the Wildcats, but it was also Box's coming out party at the collegiate level. He finished with nine tackles (five solo), including a tackle for loss, which was second only to linebacker Travis Lewis in the contest. His emergence in that contest was a large reason the Sooners held the Wildcats to only seven second half points after they scored 28 in the opening 30 minutes.

2. Fourth down stop in the Fiesta Bowl vs. UConn, Jan. 1, 2011--Driving early in the game and trailing 7-0, the Huskies elected to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the OU 19. That's when Box blasted through the line and stuffed running back Robbie Frey for no gain, halting the UConn drive and shifting all the momentum OU's way it what turned out to be a 14-0 first quarter and 48-20 win.

1. Third quarter pick in the 2010 Bedlam Game, Nov. 27, 2010--With the Sooners up six midway through the fourth quarter, they needed a big play, and they got it in the form of an interception from Box. Defensive end Ronnell Lewis tipped OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden's pass at the line of scrimmage, and Box came up with it at the OSU 18, setting the Sooners up for a crucial field goal. It was a momentum shifter in a roller coaster type finish.

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