Utah Receiver Celebrates a Little Too Early, Results in Oregon Touchdown

They always say “don’t count your chickens before they hatch.’’ Well, that’s exactly what Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay did on Saturday in No. 20 Utah’s 51-27 loss to No. 5 Oregon.

With Utah leading 7-0 entering the second quarter, quarterback Travis Wilson completed a deep pass to Clay, who beat the Oregon secondary and appeared to take the ball all the way to the end zone to put the Utes up 13-0.

But as the fans were celebrating and the announcers breaking down the score, a group of Ducks took the ball back the other way and into the Utah end zone. The home crowd went from pandemonium to silence in a matter of seconds as it was announced the play was under review.


The officials conferred and it was determined that it was a Utah fumble recovered by Oregon and would be a touchdown for the Ducks. Instead of a 13-0 Utah lead, the game was tied 7-7 after the extra point was converted.

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Oregon went on to score 17 consecutive points after tying the game; Utah would get as close as down by a field goal with 11:48 to play, but the Ducks ended the game with three unanswered touchdowns to secure the win.

The lapse in judgment by Clay drew comparisons to DeSean Jackson, who in 2008 as a member of the Eagles, caught a deep pass from Donovan McNabb and dropped the ball just before crossing the goal line on what should have been a 61-yard touchdown.

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No doubt the Utah senior wishes he could have this one back.


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