The Oklahoma Sooners hosted the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Norman during the 2000 campaign. Looking to continue an undefeated streak and clinch the Big 12 South Division, Bob Stoops deployed a suffocating defense. On the other end of the spectrum, Mike Leach hoped to stop a monster he helped create.
As Kliff Kingsbury dropped back to pass, he let the ball fly in an attempt to connect with a Red Raider receiver. However, the ball was tipped finding its way into J.T. Thatcher’s hands. Gathering the ball quickly, Thatcher headed up field. The shifty and quick defender avoided a single tackle before walking into the endzone untouched.
*Start the video at the 20:18 mark for Thatcher’s INT Return
The effort produced an 84 yard interception returned for a touchdown giving Oklahoma it’s first score of the afternoon. Continuing to assert a bit of dominance, OU would eventually win the game 27-13. Moving to 10-0 on the season, a few more stepping stones were needed to claim a national championship for the then No. 3 Sooners.