Let’s Talk About That Insane Noah Brown Catch for a Minute

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Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown, rear, grabs a pass for a touchdown as Oklahoma's Michiah Quick (16) defends during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Sue Ogrocki / AP

It seems unlikely that any of you haven’t already seen this remarkable feat of athletics/wizardry, but I also see no reason that should preclude us from posting about it here, for posterity, and for another excuse to keep watching it.


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On Saturday night in Norman, Oklahoma, third-ranked Ohio State paid a visit to the number-14 Oklahoma Sooners. The Buckeyes had won their first two games, against Bowling Green and Tulsa, by a combined score of 125-13, but, this being Ohio State, there was of course still some hand-wringing — over who would step up as their go-to wide receiver. (In their first two games, much of the OSU passing game involved their halfbacks… the horror!)

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Well, you can pretty much consider the wide-receiver question answered. Noah Brown, a redshirt sophomore who, before Saturday's game, had a total of five career receptions, added another five to his tally  the first four of which went for touchdowns. And one of which was among the craziest catches you will ever see. Let's watch.

So, to summarize: Just as he'd been doing all night, Brown headed to the back corner of the end zone, where, this time, quarterback J.T. Barrett under-threw him. So Brown leapt, reached behind himself and the defender, grabbed the ball with one hand, pinned it against the Oklahoma player's back, secured it with his other hand, and then somehow managed to keep two feet inbounds. 

The internet was understandably super into it. My favorite part of this whole ordeal is that Brown, who was just named Big 10 Player of the Week, has used his newfound notoriety to ask the rest of #BuckeyeNation to pray for a first-grade boy also named Noah Brown, who'd been hospitalized and fighting a serious illness. 

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