Tyler Johnson completes incredible diving catch to keep Tampa Bay drive alive
B1G defenders are used to seeing Tyler Johnson make these sorts of grabs in clutch moments!
Johnson had a memorable career with the Golden Gophers, finishing his career in 2019 with another strong performance. He finished his Minnesota career second on the school’s all-time list in receptions with 213 and set the school’s record for receiving yards (3,305) and receiving touchdowns (33).
Despite those numbers, Johnson fell to the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft when Tampa Bay drafted him. He also registered just 12 catches during the regular season while playing alongside a star-studded lineup with the Buccaneers.
Regardless of his sparse opportunities in the regular season, Johnson kept a drive alive in the fourth quarter Sunday night with this acrobatic catch. After running a sharp comeback route, Johnson had to spin and dive to snag the low-flying bullet from quarterback Tom Brady.
This catch was far from simple, but Johnson made it look easy, converting the third-and-11 to keep Tampa Bay’s drive alive:
Tyler Johnson: Highest-graded WR in CFB last season
— PFF College (@PFF_College) January 18, 2021
UNREAL catch by Tyler Johnson 😲 @Buccaneers
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 18, 2021
The Buccaneers would finish that drive off with a go-ahead field goal to make it 23-20 in the fourth quarter.
Johnson is not the only former Gopher to show out in Sunday’s game. Antoine Winfield Jr. also came up with a clutch forced fumble to allow Tampa to tie the game at 20-all.