OU's top 10 moments of 2014

Trying to narrow OU's top 10 moments of 2014 was no easy chore, but here's the list Sooners Illustrated came up with.

It has been another crazy year at Oklahoma. Before we ring in 2015, let’s take a look back at the year that was in Norman.

Sooners Illustrated presents the top 10 moments at OU in 2014.

No. 10: Joe Mixon picks OU

Only reason this cannot be ranked any higher in the list is obviously because Mixon was suspended for the season because of an off the field incident. This was a huge day for the Sooners with Mixon announcing on NBC at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl he was picking OU instead of UCLA. No doubt the rest of 2014 with OU and Mixon didn’t end right, but 2015 could be the year for Mixon where things all come together.

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No. 9: OU clobbers Tennessee

The Sooners took down their second SEC opponent in less than nine months. It was a primetime showdown between the Sooners and Vols, and OU dominated to the tune of a 34-10 victory. It was a nice statement that has led to four commits (as of now) from uncommitted official visitors that came to Norman. The highlight of the game was Julian Wilson and his 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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No. 8: OU sweeps Bedlam

It was sort of a coming out party for the Sooners and Lon Kruger in the 2013-14 season, highlighted by OU winning both games against Bedlam rival Oklahoma State. The first was an impressive home win on Big Monday, but the second was a huge accomplishment winning at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Buddy Hield had 22 points, while Ryan Spangler had 13 rebounds to help the Sooners to the big-time road victory.

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No. 7: Women’s gymnastics shares national title

OU has built a strong tradition in gymnastics. But most of the time it’s all about the men and what Mark Williams has built in Norman. This time around it was the women making the noise as the women were able to earn a share of the national championship.

No. 6: OU’s strong signing day close

The last 48 hours of the 2014 recruiting cycle were incredibly kind to the Sooners. In that span, OU picked up the commitments/signatures of three four-star recruits in Steven Parker, Kenyon Frison and Michiah Quick as well as an 11th hour steal of offensive tackle Orlando Brown. OU finished with the No. 1 class in the Big 12 and Parker and Quick both played significant time for the Sooners as true freshmen. Frison and Brown have been singled out by older members of the team as guys to watch.

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No. 5: Sooners earn the No. 5 seed

What a season it was for Kruger’s crew. OU finished second in the Big 12 and earned a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament. Didn’t turn out the way Sooners fans were hoping with a first-round exit, but it’s clear the future (and present) are bright. OU should earn another quality seed when the tournament rolls around in March.

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No. 4: Merry (DeBerry) Christmas for OU

It’s easy to score top recruit after top recruit when things are going well. But what about when you’re coming off a disappointing season? That’s what the Sooners were able to do when five-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry picked OU over a bevy of top schools two weeks ago. It was a huge recruiting win, led by defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. Only time will tell if DeBerry pans out in Norman, but DeBerry and OU fans are excited to see what’s next.

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No. 3: OU takes Golden Hat back

A huge goal in any OU season is to beat Texas. A Red River Rivalry win can make fans forget some other issues. After getting upset and trounced in the Cotton Bowl in 2013, OU secured the Golden Hat once again with a 31-26 victory. OU was able to get two non-offensive touchdowns with a kick return by Alex Ross and an interception return by Zack Sanchez and held off a furious late Longhorn rally to earn the victory.

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No. 2: Perine and the 427

The number 427 is going to have a different meaning forever at OU because of what Samaje Perine did against Kansas in November. The freshman set the single-game NCAA FBS record with 427 yards on 34 carries and five touchdowns in a 44-7 victory. In a season full of disappointments, the emergence of Perine has been a clear bright spot and no doubt the highlight of OU’s 2014 season.

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No. 1: Sugar is sweet for the Sooners

Yes, the best moment of the year happened a mere two days into the calendar. A double-digit underdog, it was a magical, memorable night for the Sooners in a 45-31 upset victory. Eric Striker and Geneo Grissom were incredible on defense. Quarterback Trevor Knight played out of his mind as OU carved up the Tide. It set the stage for the huge expectations that weren’t met during the season, but it’s easily the best moment at OU in 2014.

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