What more can be said? The classic story of anything can happen in a rivalry game came true again. On the most unlikely play ever, after the game was all but over with Michigan leading Michigan State 23-21 with 10 seconds left and the Wolverines lining up to punt. The Spartans, with nothing to lose, sent the house to try and block the punt but punter Blake O’Neill failed to properly handle the snap and instead of just falling on the ball, he tried to kick it and lost possession. Jalen Watts-Jackson had the presence of mind to scoop up the ball and run it back 37 yards for the game winning TD.
College football fans the world over were in complete shock. Everyone thought the game was over. The MSU staff was so sure it was over that they dropped the Paul Bunyan Trophy off at the Wolverines locker room just before the play. Michigan, for the most part was in control of the game and had the momentum despite not putting up the same type of numbers that State was.
Connor Cook led the way with 18-39 for 328 YDS passing and 1 TD. But the star of the night was redshirt freshman DB Jalen Watts-Jackson, who unfortunately, broke his hip on the game-winning play and had to have surgery.
MSU pulls off another win despite not playing their best football, we’ll see how the committee plays this out in the rankings, but for now MSU keeps bragging rights for the year and the Wolverines will try to recover from their second loss of the season as they have a bye week then they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Halloween day. The Spartans have the Indiana Hoosiers next weekend at home.
– Credits: Bleacher Report (Photo), ESPN (Statistics), and The SPORT Bible (YouTube Video)
– Melvin Jenkins Jr.