Last Saturday college football fans may not have made time in their busy football watching schedules to watch a contest between American Athletic Conference leaders University of Central Florida and bottom of the standings Temple University.
Those that did, however, were made witness to one of the most amazing plays in college football this year.
The setup is as follows; UCF, the 17th ranked team in the nation, was down 36-29 with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. On first down quarterback Blake Bortles dropped back to pass, miraculously avoided the sack by the Temple defense, and launched the ball approximately 30 yards down-field. Sprinting towards the end-zone was wide receiver JJ Worton.
Prior to this moment, Worton was already having arguably one of the greatest games of his collegiate career. However, what was to follow would make the young man the talk of Monday morning water cooler gatherings and coffee breaks.
Bortles’ pass was overthrown, and it looked as though the ball would fall anonymously to the turf. The Homestead, FL native was not about to let that happen. Worton soared through the air, one arm extended, and plucked the football out of the air, seemingly with his fingertips, and somehow managed to then land in the end-zone, with control of the ball, before sliding out the back and acrobatically bouncing up to his feet. After the enduing extra point, we had a tie ballgame.
This is a play that truly needs to be seen to be believed. Check it out here with thanks to our friends at the Orlando Sentinel or in the video above.
UCF would go on to stop Temple on their next offensive series, leading to a punt. On the ensuing drive, Bortles launched another ball deep down the field, this time finding the willing and able hands of one Rannell Hall, setting up place kicker Shawn Moffit for a 23-yard field goal with two seconds left on the play clock. Moffit would bury the attempt, 39-36, UCF victory… and breathe.
UCF will follow this up with a return to the friendly confines of Orlando for a match-up with an underperforming but very talented Rutgers team.
Should UCF again come away with victory, they could seal a BCS bowl game and a likely trip to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl with victory of arch rivals South Florida the following week.
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