clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Top 10 Plays of 2016: No. 6 - Irvin Charles Touchdown Catch vs Minnesota

The 2016 Big Ten Championship football season was full of big hits, breakaway runs, circus-like catches, and overall jaw-dropping plays. As a gear up to the highly anticipated 2017 season, we at Black Shoe Diaries have ranked our ten favorite and most impactful plays of last season. Up next: Irvin Charles’ touchdown grab against Minnesota.

Penn State v Indiana Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Irvin Charles didn’t see the field that much in his redshirt freshman season, and for good reason. He was backing up current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Chris Godwin. But the times he did see the field, he made the most out of his opportunities.

One of those times was in the second half against Minnesota, when he caught a pass and went for 80 yards and a touchdown. And given the circumstances, that play couldn't have come at a better time. Down 13-3, and engulfed in a sea of “fire Franklin” chants, Trace McSorley scrambled in the pocket, found an open Charles, who fought off a closing defender, and took it to the house.

This play sparked a comeback run in the second half to tie the game at 23, and the rest is history.

We have discussed Charles’ prospects at length in previous entries, but it bears repeating. With Godwin out to the NFL, Charles has an opportunity to become one of the go-to receivers on the team if he’s able to work on the deficiencies form last season (namely the multiple drops).

Here’s the play in all its glory, for your viewing pleasure.