Now it’s official; the Lions will not go through another winless season. After beating the Chicago Bears 37-34 in OT, Lion fans can exhale: whew!!! No 0-16.
What is becoming a surprising story of this college football season is the Memphis Tigers. The Tigers, who play in the American Athletic Conference are now 6-0 after beating Ole Miss 37-24. This is a program that went 5-31 the previous three years. They are led by quarterback Paxson Lynch, who is suddenly getting a lot of attention from NFL teams as a top QB prospect at the next level. Lynch, who is 6 ft. 7 and 245 pounds, had an outstanding day passing for 384 yards, completing 39 of 53 passes for three touchdowns in beating the 13th rank Ole Miss from the mighty SEC. This victory puts the nation on notice that Memphis is a team to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
After trailing the entire game and perhaps looking at their first loss of the season, the Spartans recovered a bobbled punt by Michigan punter, Blake O’Neil to score a touchdown to win 27-23 on the last play of the game. The Spartans hung around in this one to be in a position to win it. Some may call it luck. Maybe or maybe not call it that. I was always told that luck is the result of being prepared for a situation when the opportunity presents itself. Sophomore safety, Jalen Watts-Jackson happened to be in that position to be the hero today. It’s kind of bittersweet for him as he was injured on the play in the end zone.
“This is something you tell your grandkids about. I’m at a loss for words,” said Michigan State freshman safety Grayson Miller, who came flying in to hit O’Neill as he scrambled to pick up the bobbled snap.
The majority of the national sports media as well as the local ones, predicted Michigan State would fall to the Wolverines in this one, but the Spartans did what they have done so far this season; find a way to somehow win the game. What is very apparent is that the Spartans have yet to play what they consider a perfect game where all facets are clicking (offense, defense and special teams) and also have a healthy team to do it. The Spartans play Indiana at home next Saturday, then will have two weeks to heal. No matter how you call this one, the bottom line is: at the end of the day, Sparty is still unbeaten at 7-0 and tied with Ohio State for first place in the East Division of the Big 10 and will still probably be ranked in the top ten in the polls.