The old adage “football is a game of inches” certainly rang true on this play.
Ohio State’s freshman wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba made an incredible twisting catch in the back of the end zone to give the Buckeyes a 45-17 lead over Nebraska in the fourth quarter. Off a slightly over-thrown ball from Heisman contender Justin Fields, Smith-Njigba was able to make the grab and reach back with his right foot, barely tapping his toe inside the end line.
— Bet The Pigskin (@betthepigskin) October 24, 2020
Smith-Njigba, the No. 5 recruit out of Texas, is already making an impact for the Buckeyes in his first collegiate game. With the incredible awareness and body control on this play, it’s fair to assume we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the Ohio State offense as the season progresses.
This play in particular certainly puts him in the spotlight for up-and-coming receivers. His ability to get that right foot down almost seemed to defy the laws of physics.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba out of bounds one moment… in bounds the next. Freakishly good play. pic.twitter.com/lZ0xbJk7we
— Mike Cugno (@MikeCugnoCBS4) October 24, 2020
Even the referees couldn’t believe he made the play. The line judge originally deemed Smith-Njigba out of bounds, but the call was quickly overturned with indisputable video evidence.
The No. 5 Buckeyes will move to 1-0 in their shortened season. With plays like this, it seems like they’ll live up to the hype as an offensive force to be reckoned with.