Paul Thompson set his legacy at the University of Oklahoma in 2006 when he overcame adversity to lead the Sooners to a Big 12 championship. Thompson had moved to receiver in the off-season and then back to quarterback weeks before the season began due to the dismissal of Rhett Bomar.
A stolen game at Oregon gave OU their first loss of the season and a 28-10 loss to Texas in Dallas put the Sooners behind in the conference title race. Thompson was able to orchestrate a seven-game winning streak, including four games on the road, to get Oklahoma to the Big 12 Championship Game against Nebraska.
Thompson completed 19/34 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Sooners to a 21-7 win over the Huskers. It was the fourth conference title for Oklahoma under Bob Stoops and set up a string of three consecutive conference titles. The 2006 title may have been the most unexpected though.