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