2000 Big 12 Championship Game

The 2000 Big 12 Football Championship Game was played on December 2, 2000 in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The game determined the 2000 football champion of the Big 12 Conference. The Oklahoma Sooners, winners of the South division of the Big 12, narrowly beat the Kansas State Wildcats, who won the North division, by a score of 27-24.[1] This was the first time the two teams met in the Big 12 Championship Game, as they would meet again in the 2003 edition.

The Wildcats were coached by Bill Snyder. They came into the game with at 10-2 record, including a 6-2 record in Big 12 play. The Sooners were coached by Bob Stoops, in just his second year at the helm after serving as defensive coordinator at Florida (1996-98) and Kansas State (1991-95). Oklahoma came into the game with an 11-0 record including an 8-0 mark in conference play.

2000 Big 12 Championship Game
Conference Championship sponsored by Dr. Pepper
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2000 Big 12 Championship logo.
Kansas State Wildcats Oklahoma Sooners
(10–2) (11–0)
24 27
Head coach: 
Bill Snyder
Head coach: 
Bob Stoops
APCoachesBCS
879
APCoachesBCS
111
1234 Total
Kansas State 01077 24
Oklahoma 37710 27
DateDecember 2, 2000
Season2000
StadiumArrowhead Stadium
LocationKansas City, Missouri
RefereeRandy Christal
Attendance79,655
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC
AnnouncersBrad Nessler (Play by Play)
Bob Griese (Analyst)
Jack Arute and Lynn Swann (Sideline)

Leading up to the game

2000 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Northern Division
No. 9 Kansas State xy   6 2         11 3  
No. 8 Nebraska x   6 2         10 2  
No. 25 Iowa State   5 3         9 3  
Colorado   3 5         3 8  
Kansas   2 6         4 7  
Missouri   2 6         3 8  
Southern Division
No. 1 Oklahoma x$#   8 0         13 0  
No. 12 Texas   7 1         9 3  
Texas A&M   5 3         7 5  
Texas Tech   3 5         7 6  
Oklahoma State   1 7         3 8  
Baylor   0 8         2 9  
Championship: Oklahoma 27, Kansas State 24
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The Wildcats had already lost to the Sooners in mid-October, a game played in Manhattan. The Sooners won that contest, 41-31. The Wildcats had hoped to even up the score and earn a first-ever trip to the BCS, not to mention end Oklahoma's perfect season.

Oklahoma had not lost a game coming into the championship game. After winning the game, they would go on to defeat Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl, which served as the BCS National Championship Game that year, earning the program's 7th claimed national championship.

Game summary

In a scene filled with national championship tension and with two teams very familiar with one another, No. 1 Oklahoma edged No. 7/8 Kansas State, 27-24, for the Sooners’ first Big 12 football title.

As OU won a school-record 12th game and advanced to the Bowl Championship Series, the battle royale was about as even as pre-billed for the first 30 minutes.

The Sooners scored first in what would prove to be the decisive field goal in the three-point victory as Tim Duncan connected on a 33-yarder.

K-State then rallied for 10 unanswered points, starting with a 10-yard scoring run by Jonathan Beasley on the first play of the second quarter. After an OU punt, KSU mounted a 12-play, 57-yard drive for a Jamie Rheem field goal from 22 yards.

Oklahoma stormed back to block a Wildcats’ punt as Josh Norman stepped in front of a KSU boot. Three plays later, quarterback Josh Heupel connected with tight end Trent Smith for one of Smith’s record eight championship receptions and the tying touchdown with 2:56 left in the half.

In the second half, OU took a short-lived lead at 17-10 with 5:54 left in the third quarter as Heupel rushed over the goal line from seven yards. Less than two minutes later, Aaron Lockett cruised 58 yards on a punt runback for the first kick return for a touchdown in the Big 12 Championship.

Late in the third quarter and early in the final period, OU made the critical drive of the game. Heupel found Andre Woolfolk with a pass to the back of the end zone, and Duncan’s kick made it 24-17 Sooners with 14:24 left in regulation.

A calculated gamble by Bob Stoops and Sooners’ special teams’ coaches sent Duncan out to try his longest field goal of the season - a 46-yarder - with 1:25 on the clock. Duncan’s successful try was his longest of the year by six yards and gave Oklahoma just enough breathing room.

The elusive Beasley drove the Wildcats 60 yards in six plays in a span of 1:19. Oklahoma scooped up the ensuing onside kick and ran the final six seconds off the clock. For the fifth year in succession, the designated home team was victorious in the Dr Pepper Championship.

Scoring summary

First Quarter
OU (3-0) - Tim Duncan 33-yard field goal; 7:16

Second Quarter
KSU (3-7) - Jonathan Beasley 10-yard run (Jamie Rheem kick); 14:54
KSU (3-10) - Rheem 22-yard field goal; 7:58
OU (10-10) - Trent Smith 1-yard pass from Josh Heupel (Duncan kick); 2:56


Third Quarter
OU (17-10) - Josh Heupel 7-yard run (Duncan kick); 5:54
KSU (17-17) - Aaron Lockett 58-yard punt return (Rheem kick)

Fourth Quarter
OU (24-17) - Andre Woolfolk 17-yard pass from Heupel (Duncan kick); 14:24
OU (27-17) - Duncan 46-yard field goal; 1:25
KSU (27-24) - Quincy Morgan 16-yard pass from Beasley (Rheem kick); 0:06

After the game

The Sooners went on to play in the 2001 Orange Bowl and won their 7th national championship against the Florida State Seminoles, 13-2.

Kansas State went on to beat the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2001 Cotton Bowl Classic, 35 to 21.

References

  1. ^ Recap

External links

2003 Big 12 Championship Game

The 2003 Big 12 Football Championship Game was played on December 6, 2003 in Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The game determined the 2003 football champion of the Big 12 Conference. The Oklahoma Sooners, winners of the South division of the Big 12, were upset by the Kansas State Wildcats, who won the North division, by a score of 35–7. This was the second time the two teams met in the Big 12 Championship Game. The first was the 2000 Big 12 Championship Game, a game in which Oklahoma won 27-24.

Aaron Lockett (gridiron football)

Aaron Lockett (born September 6, 1978) is a former American football and Canadian football wide receiver (WR) and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, and in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Ottawa Renegades and BC Lions. He played college football at Kansas State University where he set school and Big 12 Conference football and track and field records. His brother Kevin Lockett and nephew Tyler Lockett also played WR at Kansas State where they also set records.

Lockett led the nation in punt return average for the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season and was a 2nd team All-American. As of December 2011, he held the Big 12 Conference records for single-season punt return average (22.8) and longest pass reception (97 yards) as well as Kansas State Wildcats records for Freshman receiving yards and the longest play from scrimmage. He was a four-time All-Big 12 selection and formerly held Kansas State records for career all-purpose yards and consecutive 100-yard receiving games.

As a track and field athlete, he is a former Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) champion in both the 4 × 100 metres relay and the 100 metres, a former Kansas State Wildcats 60 metres record holder and one of the fastest NFL Combine 40-yard dash participants of all-time.

His professional career involved several short stints that included most of a season on the taxi squad for the 2002 49ers of the NFL and a few years with the BC Lions of the CFL. In his most productive professional season, he led the CFL in return yards for the 2005 CFL season.

Jonathan Beasley

Jonathan Beasley is an American football coach and former player. He played college football as a quarterback for the Kansas State Wildcats football team in 1999 and 2000. He currently serves as co-offensive coordinator, running backs coach, and tight ends coach at Tarleton State University.

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