Kentucky wide receiver Javess Blue on Saturday hauled in what could be the best touchdown catch of the year. The senior, who went into the game with four touchdowns on the season, hauled in two scores against Louisiana-Monroe. The first was an 83-yard catch and run. The second defied physics.
Blue was somehow able to snag the ball with one hand and turn his body to secure it. He also managed to stay in bounds and maintain control through the catch with just one arm, despite coming down pretty hard.
We have seen some amazing catches through the first half of the college football season, but Blue’s may very well be the best of the bunch.
H/T Saturday Down South
The 2014 college football season is merely a few days old, and already we have a strong candidate for catch of the year. We feel confident in saying that the behind-the-back catch Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp made on Saturday may not be topped in the next four or five months.
A Florida Atlantic cornerback tipped a pass that was intended for Westerkamp and nearly intercepted it, but the sophomore receiver still managed to make the play. The catch would have been mind-boggling if it happened in the open field. The fact that Westerkamp was able to secure the ball and keep his feet in practically defies physics.
Here’s another angle:
We saw some amazing plays throughout the course of last season, but Westerkamp’s catch probably tops them all. You just watched SportsCenter’s top play of the week.
GIFs via SB Nation, Anthony Slater
Calvin College is a liberal arts school in Grand Rapids, Mich. that is made up of roughly 4,000 students and just over 300 faculty members. You have probably never heard of it, and neither had I before today. But walking off with a win by stealing home will always get you some quality publicity.
According to MLB Fan Cave, Calvin College’s Grant VanPutten was on third base in the bottom of the seventh (final) inning on Sunday when he decided to take a huge chance. VanPutten waited for Albion’s catcher to throw the ball back to the pitcher’s mound and took off for home. By the time the pitcher and catcher could figure out what had happened, VanPutten scored the game-winning run.
This isn’t the first time we have seen a player steal home, but I don’t remember us ever featuring a video of a walk-off steal of home plate. That takes some serious marbles.
Creighton junior guard Devin Brooks brought us one of the highlights of the night from the college basketball world on Thursday, and he couldn’t do it again if he tried. That’s not to take anything away from Brooks’ skill set, but passes off the backboard to teammates standing behind the 3-point line don’t happen all that often.
With Creighton leading 60-50 midway through the second half, Brooks fired the ball toward the basket for what may have been a horrendous attempt at an alley-oop. It somehow deflected off the side of the backboard and directly into teammate Austin Chatman’s hands, who drained a three from the corner.
Brooks threw the ball so hard that it almost looked intentional, but there’s just no possible way. Hey, as long as it worked out.
H/T SB Nation
A high school basketball player from William Byrd High School in Virginia recently made one of the best and most improbable plays you will ever see in your life. Marvey’o Otey chased down an errant pass from a teammate and somehow saved it from going out of bounds. And when I say saved it, I mean Otey saved it by tossing it directly into the hoop.
Otey caught up to the ball and flung it behind his back before his momentum took him through the gymnasium doors and out of the gym. I don’t know if he was intentionally throwing the ball at the hoop or not, but it doesn’t matter.
You want to outdo Otey? Pull off the same shot, only have it be a game-winning buzzer-beater. That’s the only way you’re going to top it.
Video via The Big Lead
No. 17 UCF avoided a major upset on Saturday with a thrilling win on the road against Temple. Had it not been for one of the most amazing touchdown catches of the year by junior wide receiver JJ Worton, the Knights may not have pulled out the victory.
Worton helped tie the game with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter when he hauled in an impossible one-handed catch in the back of the end zone. It appeared that UCF quarterback Blake Bortles overthrew his wide open target, but Worton bailed him out by going full extension and somehow securing the pass.
The mind-boggling catch was Worton’s third touchdown of the game. He finished with 10 receptions for 179 yards and three scores. In a season where it feels like we have seen at least one phenomenal one-handed catch per week, Worton’s grab could easily be the best of the year.
The Florida Gators were embarrassed on their home field on Saturday by a Vanderbilt team that had not won a game in Gainesville since 1945. The 34-17 loss was probably the lowest point of the season for Will Muschamp’s team, but freshman wide receiver Ahmad Fulwood did provide Florida fans with one incredible highlight in the fourth quarter.
Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy lofted a pass to the corner of the end zone that looked like it was going to be picked off by a Vanderbilt defender. Instead, the defensive back tipped the ball off his own foot and it popped into the air. Fulwood was somehow able to coral the ball with one hand and keep his feet in for the score.
Though the touchdown meant nothing, it was still one of the best plays you’ll see all year.
GIF via Mocksession
Pierre Garcon gave us what likely will go down as the best catch of the weekend. The Washington Redskins receiver made a crazy one-handed catch on the team’s third drive of the game. Robert Griffin III’s pass was high, so Garcon had to show off his vertical leap while reaching up with his right hand to pluck the ball out of the air.
Not only did Dez Bryant’s Dallas Cowboys lose to the Detroit Lions in a thriller … and not only did he meltdown on the sidelines twice … but then he lost the honors of best catch of the weekend to a division rival. Here was Dez’s one-handed grab for comparison.
GIF via BuzzFeedSports
Ready for one of the craziest punt returns for a touchdown you’ll ever see?
Freshman defensive back Dominick Williams of little known Muskingum in New Concord, Ohio, returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in his school’s 49-21 loss to Heidelberg on Saturday. The guy fielded the punt at his 25 and zigged and zagged his way past all 11 of Heidelberg’s defenders before breaking free for the score. If you watch carefully, you’ll see the dude escape a tackle from the same Heidelberg player twice on the same return! I swear I thought he was tackled for a loss several times.
Calvin Johnson made a ridiculous 50-yard touchdown catch against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, going up between two defenders to make the grab, while a third defender came in at the last second. This was a thing of beauty.
Here’s another look at the amazing touchdown grab: