Saturday September 6th, 2014

A slate light on marquee matchups didn't shortchange college football fans on quality highlights. Here's a roundup of some of the best:

A week after Jordan Westerkamp made a ridiculous, behind-the-back catch against Florida Atlantic, the Nebraska receiver made a nifty, one-handed grab along the sideline against McNeese State.

I cannot explain how Huskers running back Ameer Abdullah scored on this play. But he did, and it proved the clinching score in a seven-point win.

Stanford tailback Barry Sanders Jr. was on the ground before he could corral this shovel pass. USC linebacker Hayes Pullard, who was later ejected for targeting, read the play perfectly.

With less than two minutes before the half, Iowa State dialed up a play Kansas State wasn’t prepared for. Not that it should have been. It’s not easy to defend a perfectly executed reverse, wide receiver pass.

Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt hit receiver Malik Turner on a short pass near the goal line, but Turner couldn’t hold onto the ball while being tackled by Western Kentucky’s Wonderful Terry. The Hilltoppers’ cornerback stripped the ball loose and ran it back 95 yards for a touchdown.

Ohio State receiver Dontre Wilson Wilson had to drape his arms around the neck of Virginia Tech cornerback Chuck Clark to come down with this pass.

Oregon defensive back Erick Dargan did well to intercept a pass from Michigan State's Connor Cook and pick up some decent yardage on the return, but Dargan's blockers didn't do a good job protecting him.

Note to defensive backs trying to tackle Tennessee wide receiver Josh Smith: Don’t dive at his legs, because he’s shown he can jump just as high as the other Josh Smith. BYU quarterback Taysom Hill deserves a mention here.

UAB quarterback Cody Clements probably never should have thrown this pass. But credit to 270-pound Mississippi State defensive lineman Preston Smith for taking advantage. Smith ranged backward, snagged the ball with one hand and ran it back for a score.

Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu laid out to reel in a tipped pass from Michigan State cornerback Connor Cook. 

Northern Illinois cornerback Paris Logan fought off Northwestern receiver Cameron Dickerson in the end zone with one arm while snatching the ball with the other arm and securing it against his chest.

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