The Washington Huskies were decisive victors in the Pac-12 Championship game as they routed the Colorado Buffaloes 41-10 in Santa Clara. The win may well be enough to see the Huskies into the College Football Playoff. Though it was a dominating victory in all phases, one play in particular that stands out.
It has been a college football season of great catches around the country with wide receivers (and defensive backs for that matter) seemingly trying to outdo each other with spectacular play after spectacular play. In a season with so many high caliber catches, it is somewhat fitting that Championship Game Weekend began with John Ross making yet another outstanding play.
The game was in the third quarter and the Huskies were up 24-7 and driving when Ross made his crazy play. For once in the game, the Buffaloes got a solid pass rush on Washington QB Jake Browning and the signal caller was unable to escape the pursuit of the defenders. Browning slings the ball towards the sideline in a fashion that suggests he is just chucking it away to preserve field position when Ross appears on the scene and snags the ball one handed out of the air.
The play totally bamboozled the Colorado defense and the nearest player to Ross was actually driving for an interception that would have been returned for a pick-six if he had been able to make the play. Instead, Ross, from a standing start, was able to go 23 yards for a touchdown that put the game to bed with over a quarter of action still remaining. It was the kind of play that cemented the fact that it was Washington's night, as the Buffaloes fell to the Pac-12 North Champions.