Baylor guard LaQuan McGowan became a hero to really big offensive linemen everywhere on Thursday when he caught a touchdown pass against Michigan State in the third quarter of the Cotton Bowl.
McGowan, who is listed as 6-foot-7, 390 pounds, checked in as an eligible receiver and took the Michigan State defense by surprise when he hauled in a short pass from quarterback Bryce Petty for the 18-yard score.
The score pushed Baylor’s lead to 41-21 and appeared to be the nail in the coffin. But the Spartans mounted a ridiculously improbable comeback in the fourth quarter to win 42-41.
Still, McGowan's touchdown catch was the clear highlight of the contest.
McGowan, whose Baylor bio lists him as “enormous,” is a backup offensive lineman but looked quite nimble in his ability to catch, turn and score. Maybe Baylor should consider using him more often.
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