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 with the final four plays.
No. 4: Sanchez closes the show (OU 31, Tennessee 24 – 2 OT)
Sanchez delivered with the interception that closed out a wild, classic game for the Sooners. From down 17-0 in the first half to pulling off a dang near improbable comeback in front of 100,000 fans wearing orange.
No. 3: Shepard brings it home in the corner (OU 31, Tennessee 24 – 2 OT)
OU’s final drive of the fourth quarter started with 6:06 left. By the time Mayfield found senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard in the corner of the end zone, there were only 40 seconds left.
Shepard said after the game he was pretty disappointed with his performance up until that point. It was a great throw by Mayfield toward the back corner of the end zone, and Shepard does what he always does, which is make a competitive play for the ball.
He clearly had two feet inbounds with total control of the ball, and it was game on once again at Neyland Stadium.
No. 2: Mayfield’s real Heisman moment (OU 44, Baylor 34)
Before Saturday, the Heisman moment for Mayfield felt like that razzle dazzle touchdown pass to Mark Andrews against Tulsa.
But there were no stakes in that one. This touchdown to Dimitri Flowers, well, you might see this one time and time again.
OU faced third-and-goal at the Baylor 7 yard line when the Sooners took a timeout to regroup. Mayfield scrambled, rolled out, extended the play one more time before finding Flowers in the end zone for what felt like the dagger.
With OU up 44-34, Ahmad Thomas delivered the final blow with an interception of Stidham on the first play of the next drive to seal the victory for the Sooners.
No. 1: Parker plays hero (OU 30, TCU 29)
Duh. Steven Parker knew it was a calculated decision, but he did it anyway and deflected the two-point conversion pass for the win. Could be remembered for a long time in Norman.
Sooners Illustrated wrote a whole story on Parker’s big play, the best play of OU’s memorable 2015 season.