Virginia WR Dontayvion Wicks may have just made the catch of the year in Thursday night’s ACC showdown between the Cavaliers and the Miami Hurricanes.
Have you ever seen a wide receiver catch a ball after it bounces on his back? Yes, you read that right. That’s exactly the kind of catch that Dontayvion Wicks made in the third quarter of the game between Virginia and Miami.
The play was nearly an interception for the Hurricanes and in all reality, it should have been picked off. On 2nd down and 17, Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong launched the ball into the end zone where his intended target, Wicks, had three orange jerseys surrounding him. Somehow, someway, Wicks was able to come down with the ball. The ball bounced out of the hands of the Miami defensive back, and onto the back of Wicks. It then took a lucky bounce up in the air and right into his arms. The touchdown helped extend the Virginia lead to 27-14.
The official Bleacher Report Twitter account posted the crazy video on Thursday night. Check it out down below:
“OMG WHAT A CATCH,” Bleacher Report captions the clip.
Meanwhile, college football fans on social media were just as blown away as we were after seeing the magnificent catch for themselves.
“The ball is literally on his back at one point and he’s the one that catches it!” one fan exclaims.
“Wicks had to be the most surprised player on that play when he turns over and sees the football above him,” added another Twitter user.
Touchdown from Virginia WR Eerily Similar to the ‘He Did What’ Play
As crazy as Thursday night’s catch was from the Virginia WR, it wasn’t the first time we’ve seen a pass that should have been picked off land on the back of a player before falling into his arms for a touchdown.
As a matter of fact, the same exact thing took place back on November 6, 2000. It was during a Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. The wild game ended up going into overtime and that’s when Brett Favre and Antonio Freeman decided to work some magic.
On 3rd down and three in the overtime period, Favre chucked the ball deep downfield for Freeman. The ball was nearly intercepted by Vikings cornerback Cris Dishman. However, it slipped through his hands. It then proceeded to bounce off of Freeman’s back while he was lying face down on the ground. Sounds familiar, right?
Freeman then turned his body, reached out, and made a magnificent grab. And since he was never touched by a Vikings defender, he was able to get up and run the ball in for a game-winning touchdown.
Nobody could believe what happened at the time. Not even commentator Al Michaels, who made the historic call.
“TOUCHDOWN! He did what?!”