Honestly, it was really difficult for me to pick this week’s play of the game. All I can think about is that one UNTIMED PLAY that led to the upset win for Central Michigan. But, I’m going to try my best to follow the advice of Coach Gundy, and move on.
Now, before we completely put this controversial “loss” behind us, let’s talk about how Devante Averette found himself involved in the play of the game for the second straight week.
The Cowboys had found themselves in a tough spot. Mason Rudolph had just thrown a very inaccurate pass to James Washington on what I think was supposed to be a fade route... but from the pass, who knows?
OSU needed a stop, or better yet a turnover, and Ashton Lampkin and Devante Averette were there to deliver. Lampkin and Averette both lay a big hit on Central Michigan running back Devon Spalding stopping him in his tracks. On the hit, Lampkin is able to strip the ball loose and then Averette makes the heads up play to recover the ball.
This gave the Cowboy offense great field position and allowed them to take the lead late in the game (and we all know the way it eventually ended...).
Lampkin made the great play to not only go for the tackle, but to try and get the ball back for the Cowboys. Then, the determination and field awareness Averette shows to make the hit, realize the ball is out and then recover the loose ball... is simply incredible.
Hopefully this great play can take your mind away from the ridiculousness that followed, but if you’re are like me, I think it’s going to take some time to get past this.
The play earning honorable mention for this week is Mason Rudolph connecting with Jalen McCleskey in the first quarter for a 26 yard touchdown.
On to Pittsburgh.