Arizona Wildcats senior Jake Glatting, who struggled as a punter last season and lost his starting job this year, made a football memory for a lifetime on Saturday.
With Arizona lining up for a 44-yard field goal on fourth-and-7 on the first drive of the second half, Glatting, the team's holder, fielded the snap and took off running to his left, with kicker Lucas Havrisik running further outside to take a potential option pitch.
Glatting, a former quarterback/defensive back/punter at Thunderbird High in Phoenix, never gave up the ball. Didn't have to. With tight end Jamie Nunley out front blocking his man, and another Oregon State defender making a move to take away the pitch, Glatting kept the ball on the play called "Blue."
"It's been five years since I've really done any running on the field with the ball in game-like situations, so it's a little new," he said. "My goal was to get the first down and hang on to the ball."
Glatting gained 8 yards for the first down and held on to the ball.
Coach Kevin Sumlin said Monday he thought the play was going to go for a touchdown, and Glatting can see his point, because he could have cut up field sooner. No matter. Arizona eventually scored a touchdown on the drive to take a 21-7 lead and begin to take control of the game en route to a 35-14 victory.
"If you watch the film, you can see. There's a huge hole; I potentially could have scored," Glatting said. "A few years ago with that quarterback instinct still at its peak, I might have seen that hole a little sooner."
Arizona brought in Cal graduate transfer Dylan Klumph to handle the punting this season, but Glatting retained his role as the holder.
"Being able to do something like that was really cool," he said of the trick play.
"It was cool just getting to the sideline and having everyone be really excited. It's a feeling that you get when you smack a really good punt. I had a couple of those last year. But it's a little bit different when you're getting a first down ...
"Hopefully, it will happen again -- once, two, maybe three more times this season. We'll see."