2012 postseason wrap-up series: day II

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated moves on with the second edition of this year's postseason series recapping the season, this time with the three worst moments of the season.

3. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein delivers the dagger with a 5-yard run to seal up a 24-19 September over OU—For only the second time in the Bob Stoops era, his team walked off Owen Field in September with a loss. That's because they couldn't get off the field on a third-and-3 situation in the closing minutes. Moments after converting a third-and-6 pass, Klein sprinted for the game-clinching rush to stun the Sooners and hoist himself up onto the Heisman stage.

2. Manti Te'o dives for pivotal pick to help Notre Dame put the nail in the coffin to OU's national title hopes—Many argue there was interference on the play. Others say he simply didn't make the grab on the interception with less than five minutes to play. Some claim both. Regardless, much like Klein, Te'o came up with his Heisman defining moment—he finished second in the voting—when, with full extension, he snatched Landry Jones' deflected pass off Jalen Saunders. They added a field goal for a 10-point lead at the time and went on to hand OU its second loss and knock it out of BCS Title contention.

1. Johnny "Heisman" Manziel slices threw OU defense for 516 all-purpose yards and 41-13 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic win—Manziel set a Classic record for rushing yards by a quarterback with his 229 on the ground, plus two touchdowns. He also threw for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns, accounting for four scores on the day. The Sooners simply had no answer for the redshirt freshman Heisman Trophy winner.

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