Perhaps it's fitting at this juncture in the Utah football team's season that it would take a miraculous grab from an offensive lineman to spark its offense, but that's what happened Saturday evening against the Oregon Ducks.
Down 17-6 to open the second half, the Utes started with good field position and got down to the 2-yard line but were kept out of the end zone on three consecutive plays, setting up a fourth down, and Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham opted to go for the touchdown instead of a field goal attempt.
Upon receiving the snap, Ute quarterback Tyler Huntley danced around in the pocket, trying to find an open receiver before firing a pass into the end zone. The ball was batted by an Oregon defensive lineman, but Utah sophomore Darrin Paulo, who had ended up on the ground in the end zone, reached up and snatched the ball, falling backward as he did so.
It was initially unclear if Paulo had maintained possession of the ball, but after an official review, the play was ruled a touchdown.
Watch the play for yourself from a few different angles.https://twitter.com/ChantelJennings/status/924420564038512641 https://twitter.com/Pac12Network/status/924420887704625152
Utah fans rejoiced.https://twitter.com/utedaddy/status/924420285712887808 https://twitter.com/JeremyOlsen41/status/924420064819888133