STANFORD, Calif., Sporting Alert — Christian McCaffrey rushed for a school-record 243 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 15 Stanford to a dominating 56-35 win over No. 18 UCLA in college football action on Thursday night.
Another highlighting moment on the night came in the 3rd quarter as Standford junior wide receiver Francis Owusu entertained the fans when making a stunning 41-yard catch for a touchdown.
Kevin Hogan fired a long ball in the end zone to find Owusu, who incredibly reached around his marker to take the TD catch with the ball firmly pinned on the back of the Bruin defender Jaleel Wadood.
So how did he make the catch?
“I saw the ball in the air just for a little bit,” Owusu told reporters after the game. “I wrapped my arms around him, and I felt it.
“And then I squeezed my arms around [the ball] as hard as I could.”
It was a remarkable, and indeed, a memorable take.
One which left even his own Cardinal team-mates and coach in disbelief.
“I just couldn’t believe what I saw,” McCaffrey said. “I saw him pulling the ball over the guy’s back, but I just couldn’t believe it.
“I had to sprint off the field to sit down. I didn’t know how to react. I just had to process it.”
Meanwhile, Hogan completed 8 of 15 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns for the 15th-ranked Stanford (5-1, 4-0 Pac-12), which collected its eighth consecutive win over UCLA (4-2, 1-2).
Austin Hooper and Devon Cajuste each caught touchdown passes as well for the Cardinal in the win.
Josh Rosen went 22 of 42 on completed passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two interceptions, one in which was picked off by Alijah Holder and returned for 31-yards for a score in the first quarter.
In another game on Thursday night, Peyton Barber ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns to help Auburn hold off Kentucky, 30-27.
Ricardo Louis took seven catches for 154 yards and Sean White passed for 255 yards without an interception for the Tigers (4-2).
Stanley Williams rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Patrick Towles passed for 359 yards in the defeat for the Wildcats (4-2).
College Football Scores
Thursday, October 15
No. 18 UCLA 25, No. 15 Stanford 56
Auburn 30, Kentucky 27
Western Kentucky 56, North Texas 28