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Ohio State Football: The Sanzenbacher Touchdown Every Buckeye Must See

OSU wide receiver (No. 12) Dane Sanzenbacher was in position to catch this deflected pass that DeVier Posey could not corral.
OSU wide receiver (No. 12) Dane Sanzenbacher was in position to catch this deflected pass that DeVier Posey could not corral.Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
Grant FrekingCorrespondent INovember 15, 2010

By now, everyone has seen this improbable (and very fortunate) touchdown catch by OSU wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher.

Pryor takes a five-step-drop with his eyes fixated down the field, indicating he wants to go deep. He shuffles his feet forward in the pocket while staring down DeVier Posey, who is sprinting for the end zone.

Pryor releases the ball from the OSU 35-yard-line and the ball makes contact with Posey and two Penn State defenders at the PSU five-yard-line (that's 60 yards in the air for those of you scoring at home).

The ball then falls right into the hands of a trailing Sanzenbacher, who walks into the end zone, not unlike a big man cleaning up a missed fast-break lay-up. Or in the words of Posey, it was an "alley-oop".

"I knew [Sanzenbacher] was next to me on the route but not right next to me then. I thought I came down with it but the defensive player knocked it out," Posey said after the game. "I heard the roar and looked up and saw Dane with it in the endzone. I guess I kind of threw him an alley-oop."

Sanzenbacher told the Lantern afterwards that he was simply trailing the play and following the instincts he's acquired playing with Posey.

"I expected (Posey) to go up and get it to be honest because I've seen him do it 1,000 times," Sanzenbacher said. "I just wanted to put myself in position that if it didn't happen maybe I could get a tip-off, and it came right to me."

That 58-yard touchdown pass made it 24-14 in favor of OSU with 9:58 left in the fourth quarter, all but sealing the fate of the Nittany Lions as OSU scored 35 unanswered points en route to winning 38-14.

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