This week, we’re counting down the Big 12’s biggest plays of the past 10 seasons. It’s a chance to look back and celebrate some of the league’s most memorable moments from the 2006 season through 2015. This list could easily be 250 plays long instead of 25, but we tried our best to narrow our selections to the most iconic and important. Here are Nos. 21 through 25.
21. Tavon Austin’s juke fest vs. Oklahoma. Who could forget what Tavon Austin did to Oklahoma in 2012? In one of the great individual performances in Big 12 history, Austin racked up a record 572 all-purpose yards and was unstoppable at running back with 344 yards on 21 carries. Hard to pick just one highlight, but he showed off his best moves on a 4-yard TD run. Austin took a handoff from Geno Smith, broke outside, juked out OU’s Javon Harris and cut hard past Demontre Hurst to trot easy in for the score.
22. Dez Bryant’s diving TD vs. Georgia. Bryant’s reel of unreal plays he made at Oklahoma State is a long one, but this was the best of the bunch. He started his suspension-shortened 2009 season off with a bang against No. 13 Georgia with an over-the-shoulder, diving touchdown catch. Bryant snagged the 46-yarder from Zac Robinson out of the air like an outfielder – a catch so good it earned him a Sports Illustrated cover – and helped get the Pokes rolling. Their 24-10 win was one of Mike Gundy’s finest and further established Oklahoma State on the national radar.
23. Colt McCoy hits Quan Cosby to win Fiesta Bowl. Texas didn’t get to play for a national title at the end of the 2008 season but did enjoy a famous finish against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Down four with the clock running and less than 30 seconds left, McCoy hurriedly lined up and threw a dime to Cosby. The senior wideout broke right on a slant, broke past his tackler and found nothing but daylight. He dove into the end zone to finish off a 26-yard score, a 24-21 victory over the Buckeyes and a 12-1 season.
24. Trevone Boykin flips over K-State. Trevone Boykin in the open field was a dangerous deal. Trevone Boykin up in the air was even better. TCU’s dual-threat dynamo logged his most impressive leap in a must-win in 2014 over No. 7 Kansas State, the Frogs’ fifth ranked foe in six weeks. He kept their run to a share of the Big 12 title rolling by completing a 19-yard scramble and score with a dive and tumble over two K-State defenders, giving TCU a commanding 17-point lead in a 41-20 win. Moments like those helped Boykin finish fourth in Heisman Trophy voting a month later.
25. Case McCoy magic in Red River 2013. Mack Brown won his final Red River Showdown, a stunning 36-20 upset of an undefeated and No. 12-ranked OU team, thanks to a classic performance from McCoy. After Chris Whaley’s pick-six gave Texas the lead, McCoy busted the game open when, on third-and-long, he hung in the pocket and fired an improbable 59-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson. He brought his A-game on that throw and that day to end a three-game losing streak vs. the Sooners and give Brown one last great win for his Longhorns legacy.