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Acrobatic catches highlight Week 9

Sam Cooper
Dr. Saturday

There has been no shortage of awesome, one-handed catches this season, and today was no different.

We start with Miami tight end Clive Walford, who makes a play in clutch fashion. Trailing Wake Forest 14-3 with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, the No. 7 Hurricanes were facing a third and three. Canes quarterback Stephen Morris fired Walford’s way and the 6-foot-4 Walford needed every inch of his reach to haul in the first down completion. The first down conversion set up a Morris touchdown pass to Herb Waters on the next play to cut the deficit to 14-10.

Stacy Coley, not to be outdone by Walford -- his Miami teammate, reeled in an amazing grab of his own. Early in the fourth quarter, Coley ran a go-route down the right sideline against single coverage from Wake Forest’s Merrill Noel. Noel appeared to make a great defensive play by hitting Coley as he rose up for the football, but has Coley fell to the ground the ball followed him, hitting him right in the chest. The ball then bounced in the air and Coley hauled it in for a 44-yard gain.

In Big 12 action, Iowa State’s Quenton Bundrage made one of the more acrobatic catches you’ll see this year. Late in the second quarter, Cyclone quarterback Grant Rohach tossed one up to Bundrage, who was well-covered in the back corner of the end zone. Bundrage reached up with his right hand, in an attempt to tip the ball to himself, and the ball deflected off the defender’s shoulder pad and into the lap of Bundrage as the two fell to the ground. Crazy play.

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The first one-handed catch of today’s action came from Ball State’s Willie Snead on the road at Akron. BSU quarterback Keith Wenning threw high to Snead in the front corner of the end zone, but Snead leaped and reached up over his head with his right hand, while staying in-bounds, to haul in his second touchdown reception of the day.

[Photos: Week 9 college football highlights]

While these catches aren't quite as impressive as some of the grabs we've seen this year, they're certainly worthy of some praise.

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