That. Was. Awesome.
If Michigan-Ohio State served as the de facto appetizer of the upcoming college football season, then, man, are we in for a special treat this holiday season and beyond.
You've heard of "The Play". But for years to come, Michigan fans will angrily debate......"The Spot".
The epic 4th and 1 run by JT Barrett will be discussed forever, but this was not one of those games where you only had to see the final five minutes to know the entire story. Too often, we've seen big games, games prematurely dubbed "Game of the Century" without playing a down that don't even end up being the game of the day (looking at you, Albama-LSU 2011...both games). Ohio State-Michigan 2016 was not that game.
Simply put, it had everything. A questionable as all heck fake punt inside an own 30-yard line...
Jabrill Peppers doing Jabrill Peppers things....
But frankly, things weren't spicy enough for Michigan. Peppers was held to just 54 yards on the day, 45 coming on a single kick return, and became the target of OSU fans everywhere with Barrett outrunning him in this play here...
This being a game featuring Jim Harbaugh, of course Harbaugh-ian antics were in store. In addition to victimizing his team with a 15-yard penalty, which Ohio State capitalized on with their first offensive touchdown of the day on the very next, Harbaugh also made a victim of a poor innocent headset, which he humorously tried to put back on his head to no equal avail.
You don't talk about Fight Club, and for awhile, it looked like Ohio State and their fans would not, also by rule, be talking about Tyler Durbin, as the kicker missed two field goals, including one from a mere 20 yards that could've tied the game. Durbin, however, found redemption by nailing one from an almost equal 23-yard distance to send the game into an extra period.
Alas, what would a big college football game be without controversy via penalty flag...or lack thereof? After an even first overtime period, Michigan's ensuing drive to kick off double overtime stalled on this play...
And after The Spot...Ohio State wasted no further time, as Curtis Samuel punched it in for the winning score, and the celebration was on in Columbus.
To top it all off? Ohio State's spot in the College Football Playoff is nowhere near guaranteed, as Penn State, who owns the tiebreaker over the Buckeyes for the spot in the Big Ten title game, can advance with a win over 3-8 Michigan State.
Funny sport, that college football is. Funny in a cruel, nasty sadistic way...but funny. Oh, and exciting. You might want to add that one too.
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