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Kaelin Clay's goal-line fumble has nation, fans talking

Kaelin Clay's goal-line fumble has nation, fans talking

(Tom Smart/Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY — The No. 4 Oregon Ducks beat the No. 17 Utah Utes 51-27 in a bizarre Saturday night game.

Utah's offense started things off with a well-designed drive down the field to take an early 7-0 lead behind backup quarterback Kendal Thompson, who got the start for the night. The opening drive was in stark contrast to how Utah's offense had look the prior week in Utah's loss at Arizona State.

I don't need to tell you that #Utah scoring first is big. Bubba Poole with an 8-yard rushing TD. #Utes up 7-0. #UOvsUTAH — Emily Van Buskirk (@Emilnem) November 9, 2014

> Best offensive playcalling for the [\#Utes](https://twitter.com/hashtag/Utes?src=hash) in a while. > > — Tyson Maddy (@Tyson\_Maddy) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/Tyson_Maddy/status/531284568004124672)

> Authoritative opening drive by the Utes. However, first drives against Oregon rarely matter. > > — JB Long (@JB\_Long) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/JB_Long/status/531284640863375361)

But Utah's lucky quickly changed as Thompson sustained a season-ending injury on Utah's second possession of the game and Travis Wilson was called in to pick up where Thompson left off.

I want to cry! He's hurt. Probably done for the night, so sad! Go Utes! — Jessica (@mrsjbagby) November 9, 2014

> If Travis goes in the Utes are done.. > > — SwaggyR (@montoyrl) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/montoyrl/status/531288801021526016)

Many were hesitant of Wilson's ability to get a passing game going as a result of Utah's 57 passing yards the week prior. But Wilson quickly found receiver Kaelin Clay for a 78-yard pass that would have resulted in a touchdown, but Clay dropped the ball before getting in the end zone. Oregon picked up the ball and ran it back for a 100-yard touchdown. Unfortunately for Clay, the play gained a lot of attention from many around the nation.

WHat just happend in SLC might be the craziest thing ever. — Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 9, 2014

> That's a 178-yard, 14-point swing in Utah-Oregon. > > — David Lombardi (@LombardiESPN) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/LombardiESPN/status/531293336179453952)

> We should have truth in officiating: "After the review, Utah made a really stupid play. And we can't believe it either." > > — Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/TedMillerRK/status/531293604396818433)

> [\#NotSCTop10](https://twitter.com/hashtag/NotSCTop10?src=hash)! Kaelin Clay drops the ball on the 1-yard line, Oregon returns the fumble 99 yards for TD. [\#UOvsUTAH](https://twitter.com/hashtag/UOvsUTAH?src=hash) > > — College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay/status/531294253755170818)

> SO MUCH SADNESS [pic.twitter.com/3oJbhCTl5C](http://t.co/3oJbhCTl5C) > > — SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/SBNationGIF/status/531295980683943940)

> I'm pretty sure that TD-noTD-return for a TD play in the Ducks-Utes games is the craziest thing that ever happened in sports. > > — Marcus Nyce (@marcusnyce) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/marcusnyce/status/531295393720840192)

The change of momentum had people stunned and Oregon took advantage of Utah as it took a 27-10 lead at halftime. But all people could talk about was the goal-line fumble: some were angry, some felt bad, and others took to Clay's defense.

Nice bounce back here from Oregon but I've got to admit I'm still thinking, "Man. Utah. I'm… sorry?" — Ted Miller (@TedMillerRK) November 9, 2014

> Wow. One play utes. On freaking play > > — Couch Coach (@Brandt\_Anderson) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/Brandt_Anderson/status/531300523148730368)

> Utah was blazing along like a bullet train. Completely and suddenly derailed. The faster the speed, the uglier the crash. > > — David Lombardi (@LombardiESPN) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/LombardiESPN/status/531302179173179392)

> Clay is a huge reason Utah has the record they do. Ya'll need to stop trashing the guy!! > > — Scotty P. (@MyHandle26) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/MyHandle26/status/531302201138749441)

> Every time I look at the Oregon-Utah score (now 24-7 Ducks), I'm wondering "What if?" Which, of course, is a waste of thought. > > — Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/BonaguraESPN/status/531303227048747008)

Utah eventually cut Oregon's lead to 3 points before Oregon managed to pull away for a 24-point victory.

Utes making a game of it. (Imagine if the guy didn't spike the ball before scoring earlier.) — Andrew Schmidt (@CatsFanDrew) November 9, 2014

> This is the most confusing game ever. > > — Andrew Gorringe (@AGorringeScout) [November 9, 2014](https://twitter.com/AGorringeScout/status/531319660533137408)

Following the game, Clay addressed the play, taking full responsibility for the fumble.

I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS GAME BY MY SELFISH ACTIONS...I'll take this one 😔 — Kaelin Clay (@CALiboy4) November 9, 2014

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Josh Furlong

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