One of the greatest games of this past college football season was when Michigan State stunned defending champion Ohio State on a game-winning field goal in a rain-soaked game in Columbus, 17-14, but one man wasn’t particularly surprised at the outcome.
That man is Spartans offensive tackle Jack Conklin who, appearing on Fox Sports’ The Audible with analyst Bruce Feldman, said that Michigan State knew that they had the Buckeyes beat at halftime.
Conklin further elaborated.
“The key turning point in that game was when we came out at halftime — it was really cold — and we came out running around stretching and we look over to their sideline and they’re all huddled around their heaters. It was actually that moment. A lot of guys said it after the game that was the moment that we were like ‘We’re gonna win this game.’
“It just didn’t seem like they were in it as emotionally as we were.”
For those who don’t remember, the Spartans and Buckeyes entered halftime of that game tied 7-7. It was clear from start to finish that Ohio State’s coaching staff had no idea how to handle the heavy rain and cold winds, so much that the idea of trying to establish the passing game with J.T. Barrett was thrown out the window.
Rather, they tried to kill the clock by running the ball against a strong Michigan State run defense, and the Spartans’ confidence was just sky high after shutting down Ohio State’s strong offense.
Thus, it’s like Conklin said. The way that Michigan State was playing, it was like they knew that they could beat the defending champions.
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