At this point last season, it felt like there were more memorable plays from Oklahoma. Things like Eric Striker’s big hit at Notre Dame that led to Corey Nelson’s touchdown. Or LaColtan Bester’s touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard at Kansas. Or Bester’s crazy touchdown run vs. Texas Tech.
This year’s squad has made some big plays, but the hope has to be that the best is yet to come as was the case last season. The Sooners, 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12, have five games left in the regular season. And if you had to ask for the best play this season, the winner is Alex Ross.
Nobody would have said that in August, but the sophomore has been electrifying as OU’s kickoff returner having already brought back two this season.
We go back in time to the respective Film Review with Ross’ two kickoff returns for touchdowns that, as of right now, highlight OU’s 2014 season.
OU 45, West Virginia 33
Play No. 2: Ross goes the distance…in a hurry
It’s only fitting that in a first half that resembled a track meet at times that the Sooners get a big play from somebody with a track background.
No doubt you could argue this was the biggest play of the game. West Virginia had scored once again to take a 24-17 lead with 1:20 left in the first half.
Maybe OU could have driven down the field for a field goal, but it only took Alex Ross 12 seconds to change all that.
Ross’ vision might still be a question mark, but there’s no question he won’t be caught in the open field. Taking the kickoff from the end zone, Ross was barely touched as he went 100 yards to give OU the momentum heading into the second half.
OU 31, Texas 26
Play No. 1: Ross takes it to the house again
It took Texas 13 plays to go 64 yards to notch a 28-yard field goal on the first drive of the game. It took OU’s Alex Ross 12 seconds to give the Sooners the lead.
On a rather short kick, Ross took it from the 9 yard line and used his speed like he always does to go 91 yards into the end zone.
“Actually we didn’t expect the kickoff return this week, but by God’s grace we received one,” Ross said. “Just read the blocks and took it to the house. When you play with speed like that, good things happen.”
The offense finished with six plays for one yard in the first quarter, but because of Ross, OU still had a 7-3 lead.