There are boneheaded plays, and then there’s what Kaelin Clay did Saturday night in the game against Oregon.
Very early in the second quarter, the Utah wide receiver was on the receiving end of what walked, talked, looked and smelled like a 79-yard touchdown pass from Travis Wilson. The score would’ve given the Utes a stunning 14-0 lead. The only problem? Clay inexplicably dropped the ball in celebration one yard before he made it to the end zone.
The Ducks eventually recovered it and Joe Walker ultimately returned it 100 yards for a stunning touchdown. The turn of events took a 14-0 Utah lead and turned it into a 7-all tie.
It was the kind of selfish play that will leave a head coach’s blood boiling ,especially given the magnitude of the game.
In a game where all of the momentum was in favor of the Utes, Clay’s act handed it all over to the Ducks as two more touchdowns and a field goal followed to give the visitors a 24-10 halftime lead. After a slow start, Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota finished with 184 yards of offense — 101 passing, 83 running — and threw a pair of touchdown passes after Clay’s boner.
The Ducks, incidentally, will clinch the Pac-12 North if they can hang on and win.