John Ross III and Dante Pettis traded touchdown-grabbing highlights during last Saturday's 70-21 victory. We asked the UW receivers to break down and compare the spectacular catches.

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The Huskies stuffed a season’s worth of highlights into last Saturday’s resounding 70-21 victory at Oregon.

However, two plays stood above the rest and sparked a fun debate that began on the Washington sideline, locker room, film room and has spilled over into UW message boards and talk shows.

Who had the better touchdown grab – John Ross III or Dante Pettis?

First let’s set up the scenarios and examine the evidence.

Exhibit A: Ross does a toe tap.

Ahead 21-0 midway in the second quarter, Washington drove inside the red zone thanks to RB Myles Gaskin who had a 68-yard run to the Oregon 15. Two plays later, QB Jake Browning threw a strike over the middle to Ross who streaked past Oregon safety Reggie Daniels. The UW receiver leapt with the grace of a ballerina for the two-hand catch before landing his left foot in the back of the end zone before going out of bounds.

Ross’ take: “I did not see it (the back of the end zone). I tried to look down, but the ball was so perfect. I tried to make sure that I caught the ball first. We don’t work on back-of-the-end zone catches, but we always want to have awareness of where we are. Jake just put the ball in a perfect spot. … When I saw it later, I was surprised I actually got in. Because if you look at the film, when I caught it I kind of turned around like is it a touchdown? Then the called it a touchdown and I got pretty fired up about that.”

Pettis’ take: “I had a pretty good view of it and I swear he was out of bounds. I was like Ross, that referee must like you because I did not think he was in. Then I saw a picture of it and his toe was down and I was like how did he do that? Then I saw the film. His foot was about to go out and he pulled it back and tapped it on the ground. That was nice. … He had the better catch. It was (earlier) in the game. He went across the middle, juked a guy and caught it. That was my favorite catch of the game.”

You can see Ross’ catch in the video (below) at the 1:05-minute mark.

Exhibit B: Pettis channels Odell Beckham Jr.

Washington led 49-14 late in the third quarter when Browning and Pettis connected on their second touchdown. Pettis lined up wide right and cut right to slip past freshman cornerback Malik Lovette who reached out and grabbed the UW receiver. Pettis continued to the corner where he leaped and used his right hand to haul in a 10-yard touchdown grab despite tight coverage. Referees penalized Lovette for pass interference, which UW denied.

Pettis’ take: “We never really work on those, but that’s always something that wide receivers love doing – making one-handed catches. Before the games we’ll throw the ball around, but we never really practice it. … I just stuck my hand out and grabbed it. I had fun doing that.”

Ross’ take: “I’ve seen him do it multiple times in practice and the coaches love to say no one makes one-hand catches, but that’s just to get us working on catching with two hands. But that kid is underrated it amazes me because he shows up every week. … That catch was showing everyone, I’m here too. His body control on that catch was incredible. It was a pass interference call. He was falling down. He still managed to bring the ball in. And it was a clean catch. It was a perfect catch with one hand. And like I said, we don’t practice one-hand catches at all. Our coaches don’t promote that. We work on snatch catching, that strong physical catch. But he did what he had to do in that situation.”

The verdict: Of course, both UW receivers picked their teammates’ catch. So we went to Browning and let him decide.

Browning’s take: “I’ll give it to Dante because everybody loves giving Ross all of his love – 4.2 (speed) this and 4.2 that. But Dante came down with the one-hand (catch) while being held. And then gave them the and-one call too.”

But that’s not the final word on this debate. Let us know what you think.

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