It was a banner year for Oklahoma in 2015 as the Sooners returned to national prominence by winning the Big 12 championship and becoming the first Big 12 team in the college football playoff.
There were so many good moments, but which ones were the best? That’s what we’re here to decide. This entire week Sooners Illustrated is counting them down. Four plays each day of the week until we reach the final four Friday.
Without further ado, we continue the look at OU’s top 20 plays of 2015.
No. 12: Mayfield delivers… the block (OU 58, Oklahoma State 23)
Bedlam was a pitched battle through the first quarter, and you had the feeling it was going to be another Big 12 shootout.
And then it wasn’t. In the beginning of the second quarter, quarterback Baker Mayfield added to his OU legend not with a pass, not with a run but with a block.
Redshirt freshman Joe Mixon went left but saw nothing there. He reversed field to the right, but the only way it was going to happen was if Mayfield delivered a block. He did just that and Mixon was off to the races.
Mixon was the first one in the end zone, and Mayfield was the second. It’s the type of passion that has epitomized the Sooners this season.
No. 11: Mayfield with the razzle dazzle (OU 52, Tulsa 38)
What more can you say about Mayfield’s second touchdown pass to Mark Andrews? Honestly. This had no business working, but that’s the beauty of Mayfield right now.
It looked like Mayfield was going to be sacked, but he got out of it. Then it looked like he was going to roll out and run, but he opted to step back and fire a dart to Andrews, who finished the play with a nice turn after catch and into the end zone.
Andrews had three catches and his first two career touchdowns, while Mayfield had a day for the ages with 572 total yards (487 passing, 85 rushing, six total TDs).
No. 10: OU execution at its finest (OU 44, Baylor 34)
OU head coach Bob Stoops says execution so much that you begin to think it’s code word for something. Sometimes, though, it really is execution.
The Sooners were hanging on to the 7-6 lead when all the pieces fell into place for the first touchdown connection of the night between Mayfield and wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
It was second-and-11 from the Baylor 39 yard line when Samaje Perine picked up a blitzer to give Mayfield enough time to air it out to Shepard before taking a hit.
Shepard, who has made one big catch after another, did it once again and was able to control it enough in the front corner of the end zone for the touchdown to stand.
No. 9: Thomas picks off Stidham (OU 44, Baylor 34)
Ahmad Thomas was a starter for the Sooners as a sophomore but one a lot of fans wished wasn’t part of the first 11. As a junior, he has made a number of major strides and made his season-defining moment in Waco.
Following more Baker Mayfield heroics, the Sooners were up 44-34 against Baylor. There was still time for the Bears, especially considering the offense and ability of freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
Thomas didn’t let it happen. Stidham tried to make something happen on the first play of the next drive, and Thomas made a diving interception to put the game on ice and serve notice to the rest of the Big 12 the Sooners are back.