However on one dynamic play, all the energy 109,733 fans could generate went flat as Paysinger broke loose down the left hand side of the field and hauled in a Dennis Dixon pass and 85 yards later the Ducks retook the lead for good and eventually won the game 39-7.
For many that follow Oregon football, that 85-yard scoring play alone could enshrine Paysinger into a hall of great plays. Rank it right up there with The Pick, Kenny Wheaton's interception against Washington, or The Run, Maurice Morris' touchdown romp in the Fiesta Bowl or even one of Paysinger's other famous grabs against Oklahoma that proved to be the winning score last year at Autzen Stadium.
Paysinger is a fifth year senior and all the hard work and dedication is paying off. So far this season he's the team's leading receiver with eight catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He also has two rushes for 14 yards and a touchdown against Houston, although that play looked suspiciously like a pass and was ruled a lateral. Last year Paysinger was the team's fourth leading receiver with 34 catches for 451 yards or 13.3 yards per catch and three touchdowns.
Paysinger has put in the time it takes to arrive at this point. The Long Beach (Calif.) native played at Wilson High School and was a Long Beach Press-Telegram first team Dream Team honoree a Mr. Football State Player-of-the-Year nominee by Cal-Hi Sports.
Standing 6-2 and weighing 208, he is known as a big, physical receiver that fits perfectly into the spread offense the Ducks utilizes. He has been clocked at 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has a vertical jump of 34.5 inches. During the off-season he led all receivers in the squat with an impressive 445-pound effort.
He has been the most consistent receiver among a very talented group at Oregon. He seldom drops a ball and he can run for extra yards after making a catch. The big catch in the Big House will be long remembered, but don't be surprised if there is more to follow.
Just before practice on Tuesday, Brian Paysinger took time to talk with eDuck about being a playmaker and the hard work and perseverance it took to get there.
Paysinger Talks About The Hard Work
Hard Work Paying Off For Paysinger
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