Francis Owusu's circus catch in the end zone on Kevin Hogan's third touchdown pass of the night highlighted a dominating performance for No. 15 Stanford, which rolled to its eighth consecutive victory over No. 18 UCLA, 56-35 on Thursday night in Stanford, Calif.
Christian McCaffrey rushed for a school-record 243 yards and four touchdowns while gaining 369 all-purpose yards for the Cardinal, which won its fifth straight in impressive and entertaining fashion against the Bruins (4-2, 1-2).
On a night full of big plays, none topped Owusu's 41-yard TD catch.
It started with McCaffrey taking a direct snap in the wildcat and handing to Bryce Love on a jet sweep. Love the flipped the ball to Hogan, who had lined up as a receiver on the play. Hogan set himself in the backfield and threw deep to Owusu.
Despite being interfered with by a face-guarding Jaleel Wadood in the end zone, Owusu still managed to trap the ball against Wadood's back while not even being able to see it. Owusu kept his hand on the ball to maintain control as the two fell to the ground.
"I saw it for a little bit and then from there I felt the ball after that," Owusu said. "I didn't really see it and squeezed as hard as I could when I felt it."
Said Stanford coach David Shaw: "I can't describe that catch. I don't understand what happened to be honest."
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