Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Today's most memorable Big 12 moment highlights the individual achievement of Iowa State quarterback Seneca Wallace
No. 24 -- Seneca's wild run
Date: Oct. 12, 2002
Place: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
Score: Iowa State 31, Texas Tech 17
It remains one of the signature plays in the history of Iowa State football.
Quarterback Seneca Wallace made a wild scramble on a 12-yard touchdown run against Texas Tech, actually running about 135 yards before scoring.
As Wallace received the snap on the Tech 12, Wallace retreated to the 32-yard line. He nearly ran out of bounds at the 25 and then charged towards the right sideline and stayed inbounds along the sideline as he looked for a receiver. When none materialized, he veered back to his left at the 10.
After cutting behind a devastating block from ISU running back Michael Wagner on cornerback Ricky Sailor, Wallace waltzed into the Tech end zone untouched for a touchdown that gave the Cyclones a 10-3 lead. Wagner provided two critical crunching blocks to spring the scoring play.
What they said: "You could run that thing 100 times and not get tired of watching it," then ISU coach Dan McCarney told reporters after the game.
What they said, part II: "Here's Wallace, pumping, looking, running to his right, looking...and he's going to be almost caught...now he's running at the 25...and runs...down the sideline back to the 10! Now he's giving ground, goes around the 10 to the left side, to the 5, touchdown! Oh my goodness, what a run by Wallace!" Transcript from the radio call made by the late voice of ISU athletics, Pete Taylor.
The upshot: Wallace's run was expected to vault him into Heisman consideration. It capped ISU's sixth straight victory and boosted them to 6-1 and a No. 9 ranking in the Associated Press media poll the following week.
But those hopes were quashed as the Cyclones stumbled down the stretch, losing six of their last seven games. The unraveling started the following week in a 49-3 beatdown and Oklahoma and didn't stop until the Cyclones dropped a 34-16 loss to Boise State in the Humanitarian Bowl.
Tech rebounded to claim four of their next five games to force a winner-take-all battle with Oklahoma for the Big 12 South title. After losing that game the Sooners, Tech advanced to the Tangerine Bowl, where it claimed a 55-15 triumph over Clemson.