He Caught It!

January/February 2016

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Francis Owusu might want to pack a bag for Los Angeles. The Cardinal wide receiver will undoubtedly be invited next July to the ESPYs, the annual awards show that celebrates great achievements in sports. The catch he made in the Stanford-UCLA game on October 15, blindly pinning the ball against a defender’s back as he fell to the ground, has been described as “ridiculous,” “miraculous,” “spectacular” and by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, one of thousands who tweeted about it, “incredible.”

The catch, which occurred early in the third quarter and resulted in a touchdown, was viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube in the two weeks after it happened. Owusu, a junior from Oxnard, Calif., and younger brother of former Stanford player Chris Owusu, ’12, did his best to explain how he caught a ball that he couldn’t see. “I kind of had an idea where it was going to land, and from there, instincts just took over. I put my arms where I thought the ball would land and was able to catch it,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

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