The first couple of weeks of the college football season are typically full of blowout games resulting from lopsided matchups.
One of last Saturday’s most inspiring highlights happened in a game that wasn’t close between a big-name Big Ten team and one from the bottom half of the MAC.
Michigan State was beating Bowling Green 28-3 in the third quarter when Spartans junior cornerback Tyson Smith intercepted a pass by Falcons quarterback James Morgan and ran it back 38 yards for a touchdown. It was the knockout blow in State’s 35-10 victory. Continue reading
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Jalen Watts-Jackson, S, Michigan State (NCAA): Surely you’ve seen the play by now, but you may not know anything about the player who finished it. Michigan was ahead 23-21 with 10 seconds left against cross-state rival MSU and was being forced to punt. The Wolverines’ punter couldn’t handle the snap and lost the ball, which landed in the hands of Watts-Jackson, who ran it back 38 yards for a touchdown as time expired. Unfortunately, Watts-Jackson dislocated his hip during the play and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher while the celebration went on around him. That injury will sideline him for the rest of the season. Watts-Jackson is a redshirt freshman safety who doesn’t start for the Spartans, and in Saturday’s 27-23 victory he didn’t record a tackle or any other stats before that fumble recovery and score. With one play, he became a legend in East Lansing and a likely ESPY nominee, plus he kept MSU’s undefeated record intact and kept them in the national championship playoff picture. Continue reading