USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.
This week’s top six plays from college football were well-rounded and all three phases of the game made appearances with electric and exciting plays.
The longest play on the list is a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on special teams and there are four remarkable catches that make appearances to represent the offensive side of the ball.
Finally, an interception that ends in a touchdown — with a twist — headlines the best defensive plays.
The top six plays from Week 9:
CJ Lewis, Boston College, WR: The Eagles started off scorching hot against No. 1 Clemson and were ahead 21-10 with a minute left before halftime. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec dropped back and threw to Lewis in the end zone. The ball was swatted by Clemson’s Mario Goodrich but Lewis somehow tracked the ball, bobbled it and came down with the touchdown. Unfortunately, that would be the final score of the game as Boston College fell 34-28 to the Tigers.
Ricky White, Michigan State, WR: The Spartans were driving up three with six minutes left against No. 14 Michigan. White got one-on-one coverage near the right sideline and that’s all quarterback Rocky Lombardi needed to see as he heaved it to his No.1 receiver. Somehow, while falling to the ground, White came up with the ball and completed the incredible catch to put the Spartans in scoring position to seal the game. Michigan State would go on to beat Michigan 27-24, and White finished with eight catches for 196 yards and a touchdown.
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Bee Jay Williamson, Louisiana Tech, DB: What could have been a nightmare was an incredible — and rare — heads up play from Williamson. The redshirt sophomore picked off a pass in the second quarter against Alabama-Birmingham and lateraled the ball to Khalil Ladler, who then ran the length of the field for a touchdown. Louisiana Tech went on to win 37-34 in overtime.
Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State, WR: This was just one of Wallace’s 11 catches on the day but it was definitely the best. Quarterback Spencer Sanders and the offense was at the 10-yard line when he gave Wallace a chance to win a one-on-one matchup. With a defender draped all over him, the senior caught the ball for the score and extended his team’s lead to 30-20 in the third quarter. Oklahoma State would go on to lose 41-34 in overtime to Texas.
D’Shawn Jamison, Texas, DB: The kickoff started catastrophic when Jamison dropped the ball in the end zone, but it didn’t stop the junior from making multiple Oklahoma State defenders miss before breaking free for a touchdown. The momentum-changing 100-yard kickoff return after the Cowboys went up 11 helped the Longhorns rally to force overtime. Texas eventually won 41-34 in overtime.
Jahan Dotson, Penn State, WR: Sometimes a wide receiver needs just one hand. Dotson had to adjust to a throw from quarterback Sean Clifford while being defended by Ohio State’s Shaun Wade. He threw up his right hand to make the catch and then got past Wade for a 21-yard touchdown. Dotson would add another second-half score as part of his seven catches for 133 yards in a loss to the Buckeyes.