Michigan State had Ohio State locked up in a one-point game in the third quarter on Saturday. Then, a horrible stretch of decision-making gave the Buckeyes a 13-point lead in the space of just a handful of minutes.
It started when it appeared Mark Dantonio called for an intentional safety — it was either intentional or the worst snap you’ll ever see. After the safety, the impending kick went out of bounds, handing Ohio State the ball at the 50-yard line.
Michigan State’s defense did an outstanding job of holding Ohio State in check, and forced a punt. But then the Spartans were backed up into their own end zone again, which led to the following disaster of a play call.
Michigan State deserved this pic.twitter.com/LxAMQ84PP8
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) November 10, 2018
Ohio State pounced on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Suddenly, the one-point game was a nine-point game.
But the disaster wasn’t yet complete. On Michigan State’s next possession, Rocky Lombardi made a bad decision to pitch the ball backwards, and it bounced off the hands of his intended target. Ohio State once again pounced on the ball, and that led to a field goal.
In the space of roughly three minutes of game clock, Ohio State’s one-point lead swelled to 13 points, sparking quite the array of reactions on Twitter.
Michigan State you take a safety to avoid a punt block for a Touchdown, then you're pinned back again and run a motion that hits the WR which gives Ohio State a Touchdown. You deserve to lose!!!!!!!!
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) November 10, 2018
We’ve seen Sparty slowly come apart a couple games this year. Today they’ve decided to accelerate the process to warp speed. Wow.
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) November 10, 2018
SPARTY WITH AN ALL TIME TRIFECTA. 3 plays in a row…intentional safety snap, snap off WR for a defensive TD, and then bad option pitch.
— Jason Arkley (@JasonAmessenger) November 10, 2018
Sparty throwing the game? pic.twitter.com/0UjfSR3cb3
— Michigan Por Vida (@MichiganPorVida) November 10, 2018
SPARTY YESSSSSS pic.twitter.com/eCz8Zhe0SL
— Jeañña (@jeannathomas) November 10, 2018
Looks Like Sparty will let tOSU off the hook. pic.twitter.com/iyTQDRYpW7
— Phil Dailey, M.Ed (@PhilDailey) November 10, 2018
It's ok Sparty… pic.twitter.com/n52b9bdNjF
— 〽️ THE VICTORS 〽️ (@DOUGCZAR2) November 10, 2018