STANFORD -- Kodi Whitfield's amazing one-handed grab might be the greatest catch in Stanford history, even if it isn't the most-watched Cardinal highlight this season.
Whitfield's reception Saturday against UCLA has approximately 60,000 page views. Barry Sanders' 16-yard screen catch-and-run against Washington State has 1.3 million.
"I think it's because they play the same position," Whitfield joked of Sanders and his Hall of Fame father.
In terms of degree of difficulty, it's no contest.
Whitfield, whose father, Bob, was an offensive lineman for Stanford and three NFL teams, had 10 career receptions before his third-quarter touchdown, which propelled the Cardinal to a 24-10 victory.
The 6-foot-2 sophomore sprinted down the left side and was closely guarded as he approached the end zone.
With the 30-yard pass from quarterback Kevin Hogan bearing down, Whitfield jumped, turned his right hand outward, snared the ball and cradled it to his body before hitting the field.
"Ridiculous -- absolutely ridiculous," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "But he lost some cool points when he stood up (to celebrate) and dropped the ball."
Shaw, a former receiver, marveled at Whitfield's ability to control the ball with one hand while his arm was completely outstretched.
"You just hope you get a hand on it and tap it to yourself," Shaw said. "Rarely does the thing stick."
The play generated dozens of congratulatory text messages and drew a positive response from UCLA. Reserve quarterback Jerry Neuheisel, who played with Whitfield at Loyola High in Los Angeles, joked: "You never made a catch like that for me."
It was the No. 1 college football play Saturday on ESPN and the No. 2 play overall, behind Shane Victorino's grand slam, which sent the Boston Red Sox to the World Series.
But Whitfield said his father was focused on other aspects of the game when they chatted afterward.
"He said, 'How did you miss that block on 97 power?' "
Cajuste is second on the team in catches (21) and touchdown receptions (four).
Shaw didn't rule out the possibility of Anderson playing against Oregon on Nov. 7.
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