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Top 10 plays from the 2016 Pac-12 season

With the regular season over, it's time to take look back at the best Pac-12 plays of 2016. There was excitement, quirkiness and plenty of one-handed catches to choose from. Here are our top 10:

1. Ross to the rescue: Washington's Jake Browning later admitted he was just trying to throw the ball away. Colorado's Jimmie Gilbert was dragging the quarterback down to the turf in the Pac-12 championship game, so Browning's desperate heave toward the sideline looked it a recipe for disaster. But just as Buffs corner Chidobe Awuzie thought he had a chance at a game-changing interception, John Ross soared into the air and grabbed the wobbler with one hand. His subsequent 19-yard sprint into the end zone effectively sealed the Pac-12 title for the Huskies.

2. Harry makes something out of nothing: This was supposed to be a trick play, a double pass on which receiver N'Keal Harry would throw downfield. But Arizona State ran into trouble when the true freshman dropped the initial lateral and began scrambling in the backfield. Utah is known for its backfield pursuit -- the Utes frequently rank near the top of the conference in tackles for loss -- but Harry made them look silly on a 31-yard touchdown run. He evaded seven defenders and benefited from a thunderous Kalen Ballage block to score on this spectacular broken play.

3. Bobo hauls it in: Colorado fans might have been a bit queasy -- and rightfully so -- after blowing a 33-17 lead to trail Oregon 38-33. But Bryce Bobo was there to bail them out, showing balance to rival a figure skater's on a one-handed, one-foot-down touchdown catch against Ugo Amadi. Officials initially ruled the pass incomplete, but replay later rewarded Bobo's spectacular effort, and he also caught the subsequent two-point conversion attempt from Steven Montez.

4. Carrington beats the clock: The Ducks were also on the beneficial end of a replay decision on a late spectacular catch. They trailed Utah 28-24 when quarterback Justin Herbert lofted a back-corner fade to Darren Carrington, who managed to catch the ball in between the pylon and defensive back Brian Allen with two seconds left. The reception came with a razor-thin margin that fooled the officials, but the booth upstairs gave Carrington the catch and Oregon a 30-28 upset.

5. McCaffrey’s escape: Christian McCaffrey fielded a Kansas State punt at his own 3-yard line -- something that coach David Shaw later chastised him for. But McCaffrey is the type of transcendent talent who can get away with such decisions. He escaped a rugby-style scrum and broke eight tackles on his way to a 97-yard touchdown. Did a block-in-the-back penalty nullify the return? We'll let that slide: If anything, the illegal block probably only prevented McCaffrey from shedding a ninth tackle on the play.

6. Adoree’ delivers the kick return dagger: Adoree' Jackson is a spectacular athlete, so he's put several plays worthy of a list like this on film already. We'll go with his final touchdown return of the season, a 97-yard kickoff runback that put a fork in Notre Dame. A plethora of Jackson's skills were on display during this return: His burst and top-end speed made it look like he shot out of a canon, and his jumping skills came in handy when he hurdled over Notre Dame's kicker to break into clear daylight. Only a celebratory front-flip was missing -- but Jackson already delivered that his freshman season.

7. Browning reverses a rivalry’s course: This was a season of milestones for Washington. One of the biggest came in Week 6 at Autzen Stadium, when the Huskies exorcised the demons of a 12-game losing streak to Oregon. They cruised 70-21, never looking back after Browning's opening 1-yard touchdown run. He drew a flag for taunting linebacker Jimmie Swain, but that finger point was worth more than 15 yards: It was a symbolic turning of the tide in the rivalry.

8. The Golden Bears build a wall: California's defense did little right in 2016, allowing a league-worst 42.6 points per game. But that maligned unit did have one shining moment: James Looney stonewalled Utah running back Zack Moss at the 1-yard line as the clock ran out to preserve a 28-23 victory.

9. Pettis takes one to the house: Washington's unblemished record was in jeopardy when Dante Pettis fielded a Utah punt in a tie game with under four minutes to play. He ran backward to avoid one tackle, and then evaded two more defenders on his bolt to the near side. Pettis then tight-roped along the sideline to deliver the 58-yard game-winner, a play that ended up being a massive part of the Huskies' College Football Playoff bid.

10. King goes one-handed: This play wasn't quite as critical to Washington's season, but it was flashy nonetheless. Husky corner Kevin King rose to intercept an Arizona State fade intended for Harry in the end zone. He grabbed the ball with one hand and landed with a foot in bounds, sealing the grade-A effort.