November 27, 2010
With all the top-shelf playmakers Oklahoma State has populating the nation's No. 1 offense, the odds of the play of the year coming from the middling Cowboy defense are long, to say the least. But Broderick Brown and freshman Shaun Lewis are here tonight to mock your probabilities – as well as a Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones' pass efficiency rating and the general concept of gravity:
The gravity-defying tip drill is what we refer to in the industry as "Pulling a Dansby," although in this case, the vaunted OSU offense wasn't able to capitalize on the turnover. In fact, it's not capitalizing on much of anything: Through eight first half possessions, the Cowboys have been forced to punt four times and turned it over twice. Without Lewis' first interception, a 52-yard pick-six for Oklahoma State's first touchdown, the Sooners' halftime lead would be even more ominous than it is at the moment, at 24-17.
But it still wouldn't overshadow Brown's sideline acrobatics, already well on their way to the finals for the defensive play of the year.
[Update, 11:25 p.m. ET] The final score is in: Oklahoma escapes with the wild road win, 47-41, thrusting the Big 12 South race into a three-way tie between Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, a deadlock that will almost certainly be decided in the Sooners' favor when the BCS standings are released Sunday night. The highest-ranked of the three in the BCS will go on to face North Division champ Nebraska next week in Dallas in the final Big 12 Championship Game before the conference is slashed to 10 teams and no title game next year.
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