Canadian Elic Ayomanor makes NCAA catch of the year, sets Stanford receiving record upsetting Deion Sanders’ Colorado

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Stanford University’s stunning 46-43 overtime upset of the University of Colorado captured international attention on Friday night, with a young Canadian serving as the focal point.

Receiver Elic Ayomanor, a sophomore from Medicine Hat, Alberta, caught the final touchdown in overtime in spectacular fashion, reaching over top of five-star defensive back Travis Hunter and pinning the ball to the defender’s helmet. The catch-of-the-year frontrunner tied the game at 43 and forced a second overtime, where Stanford prevailed by a field goal.

The heroic play was far from the only catch that Ayomanor made, as the Cardinals stormed back from a 29-0 halftime deficit against the media sensation coached by Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. The Canadian youngster hauled in 13 receptions for a whopping 294 yards and three touchdowns — shattering Stanford’s previous single-game receiving record of 278 set by Troy Walters in 1999.

The six-foot-two, 210-pound target was a consensus three-star recruit after moving south of the border to complete his high school career, finishing up at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. He chose Stanford over offers from 19 other FBS programs, including Notre Dame, California, Tennessee, and Ole Miss, but did not see game action as a freshman.

Ayomanor has since broken out in his second campaign, entering this week second on the team with 15 receptions for 207 yards and a touchdown in five games. Those numbers have now more than doubled thanks to the Cardinals’ highest-profile win. No other Stanford player had more than 39 yards from scrimmage in the game.