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Winning Touchdown Snares College Football Play Of The Week

Nov. 24, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Wide receiver Billy McMullen's late-game leaping catch, while fighting to stay in bounds, gave Virginia a 34-30 win over Maryland and earned the "Compaq College Football Play of the Week," judged by a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters. The play was chosen among entries from the 12th week of the college football season. The play can be seen on the web at www.ncaafootball.net.

With 26 seconds remaining in the game, and the Cavaliers trailing 30-27, quarterback Dan Ellis found McMullen in the end zone. Ellis lofted a pass in McMullen's direction and the 6-4 freshman used a superior height advantage to outleap Terp defensive back Tony Okanlawon to haul the pass in and touch his left foot to the ground in the end zone before falling out of bounds.

McMullen led the team this season in receiving yards (483) and yards per reception (17.2), and tied Kevin Coffey for the team lead with 28 receptions. He also finished second to Coffey with six touchdown catches. His 28 receptions are the most in school history by a freshman, breaking Herman Moore's record of 24 catches in 1988.

McMullen won the ACC Rookie of the Week Award three times, the most by any rookie this season.


 

 

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