VIDEO: Dragons WR Richter earns spot on SportsCenter Top 10 with acrobatic catch
MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Moorhead didn't earn the victory against No. 1-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, but the Dragons garnered national attention.
MSUM sophomore wide receiver Jake Richter made an acrobatic, bobbling catch over a defender on the sidelines that made ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 plays.
Richter's grab also made ESPN's Top 10 college football plays for the week.
"I never would have thought it would blow up like that," said Richter, from Detroit Lakes, Minn. "In the end, I wish we would have pulled out the win as a team."
MSU-Mankato scored a 42-20 victory, but Richter's 23-yard catch in the fourth quarter at Alex Nemzek Stadium had Richter's phone and social media buzzing.
"A lot of family and friends texted me," Richter said. "They were blowing up my phone. My mom especially."
Doreen Richter, Jake's mother, sent out group messages to family and friends with a video clip of the highlight.
Richter credited Dragons sophomore quarterback Jakup Sinani for giving him a chance to make a play, throwing the ball up with Richter, who was locked in man-to-man coverage down the sideline. The ball hit a defenders helmet and popped up into the air. Richter kept his concentration and secured the ball as he was falling out of bounds. The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Richter kept a foot in bounds as he made the catch.
"I tried to reach over the top of him," Richter said. "I tried to reel it in, it just bounced all over the place. ... I've watched the film and I didn't show much emotion after the catch. I really didn't think about it too much."
The Dragons sideline erupted after Richter made the catch on a second-and-5 play. He finished the game with eight catches for 86 yards.
Richter is the second MSUM receiver to earn on spot on the SportsCenter Top 10 in the past four seasons. Former Dragons wide receiver Cory Ambrose caught an improbable 15-yard touchdown pass on the final play in a dramatic MSUM 30-28 victory at Concordia-St. Paul during the 2015 season.
"We made a miracle happen," Ambrose told The Forum a day after his clutch game-winning catch.
The Ambrose catch, from quarterback Jake Hodge, happened the season before Richter joined the program.
"That was the year before I got here," Richter said. "I remember seeing that, too. That was crazy."