Central Florida needs great catch to escape with win at Temple

J.J. Worton, Nate L. Smith
Central Florida receiver J.J. Worton beats Temple cornerback Nate L. Smith for a touchdown Saturday.
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No one, it seemed, was going to match the “catch of the year” in college football this season: Kodi Whitfield’s remarkable grab in Stanford’s 24-10 win over UCLA on Oct. 19.

Well, Whitfield may have to share the honor with Central Florida receiver J.J. Worton after his remarkable catch against Temple.

Watch the video and judge for yourself

Now, compare it with Whitfield’s catch:


Worton’s catch tied the score at 36-36 with 1:06 left and proved critical when Central Florida won on Shawn Moffitt’s 23-yard field goal as time expired.

Interestingly, both great catches were one-handed, right-handed grabs on 30-yard touchdown receptions.

Whitfield’s was probably more difficult because he was heavily defended by UCLA players.

Worton was wide open when he extended in the end zone to bring in Blake Bortles’ overthrown pass.


Worton’s catch helped No. 17 UCF (8-1) avoid what would have been a huge upset against Temple, which fell to 1-9.


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