The 25 most iconic Big Ten plays of the past 10 years: Nos. 11-15

Some plays just never leave you.

You see them on the field, or on the TV, and there's just no forgetting them. You know them when you see them -- the last-second Hail Marys and the trick plays that were never supposed to work. They're the stuff of legend, the stuff we're revisiting all this week.

In case you've missed it so far, this week we're looking back at the 25 most iconic plays to involve a Big Ten team over the past 10 years, from 2006 to 2015. We already looked at Nos. 21 to 25 and Nos. 16 to 20.

Now, we're up to Nos. 11-15:

No. 11: Scrambling touchdown pass from future Heisman winner Troy Smith puts Penn State game out of reach, Sept. 23, 2006

Sure, No. 1 Ohio State was supposed to win this game against No. 24 Penn State -- but the Nittany Lions just wouldn't go away. Early in the final quarter, the Buckeyes clung to a 7-3 lead, but the Lions were threatening. And on second-and-9, from the Penn State 38, Smith would show why he deserved to win the Heisman that season. He evaded what looked like a sure sack by Tim Shaw, reversed field -- found himself 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage -- and effortlessly heaved the ball into the end zone to complete an on-the-nose 38-yard touchdown pass to Brian Robiskie. Smith threw the ball from about his own 46. Ohio State broke the game open soon after and won 28-6.

No. 12: Joey Bosa ends Penn State comeback hopes by flattening RB Akeel Lynch en route to a game-ending sack, Oct. 25, 2014

If it wasn't for this play, Ohio State's fairytale national championship run might have never happened. Penn State fought through some early misfortunes, and it still seemed as if a comeback was possible. Christian Hackenberg needed just six yards to keep the overtime drive alive, after all. But he didn't have a chance. On fourth-and-6, Bosa tore through the line unblocked and Penn State's running back couldn't even slow his inside progress from the shotgun formation. Bosa knocked him back like he was a scarecrow and blocked him right into Hackenberg for the sack. "That's a mistake," an ESPN broadcaster said.

No. 13: Ricky Stanzi throws a game-winning 7-yard TD pass to beat Michigan State and push Iowa to 8-0, Oct. 24, 2009

It was a defensive battle for much of the game, but Stanzi orchestrated a memorable drive in the final 90 seconds. It all culminated with a fourth-and-goal play from the Michigan State 7-yard line. With two seconds left, on the road, Stanzi lined up under center and found receiver Marvin McNutt on a quick slant to the left. It was a bang-bang play that turned the Hawkeyes' 13-9 deficit into a 15-13 win -- giving the Hawkeyes their best start (at the time) in school history. Iowa went on to win the Orange Bowl that season.

No. 14: Allen Robinson makes a leaping, 37-yard grab against Michigan to set up the game-tying touchdown, Oct. 12, 2013

It's a play that has since become memorialized in a tattoo, and it's one of the most famous plays in recent Penn State history. With 27 seconds remaining in the game, with the sanctions still fresh at Penn State in 2013, Hackenberg heaved a long throw down the left sideline -- a pass that, at first, seemed like it might have been overthrown. The pass sailed over the the fingertips of the Michigan defender, but Robinson -- a former basketball player -- jumped, grabbed the ball in the air and brought it down on the 1-yard line. Hackenberg tied the game up with a touchdown run on the next play, and Penn State wound up winning 43-40 in a four-overtime game.

No. 15: David Gilreath returns the opening kickoff 97 yards in Wisconsin's win against No. 1 Ohio State, Oct. 17, 2010

Talk about getting off on the right foot. Gilreath, a senior, fielded the opening kickoff on the 3-yard line and basically just exploded up the middle for a 97-yard touchdown. It officially took Wisconsin 12 seconds to score its first touchdown, and the team ended up parlaying that return into a 31-18 upset win against Ohio State. It was the first time the Badgers had defeated the No. 1 team in the country since 1981, and it also led to Wisconsin being Big Ten co-champs that season.