According to former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, the Buckeyes were “one play” away from having a chance to play for a national championship last season. Hyde, speaking with reporters at an NFL rookie event Tuesday morning, said he still thinks about it over six months later.
Which play, you ask? With less than six minutes to play against Michigan State in last year’s Big Ten title game and the Buckeyes trailing, 27-24, head coach Urban Meyer elected to keep the ball in quarterback Braxton Miller’s hands on a crucial 4th-and-1 play from MSU’s 39-yard-line. Miller was stuffed for no gain, and many were upset that Hyde – a workhorse back all year – wasn’t given the opportunity.
Here’s the play, if you don’t remember the situation.
Michigan State went on to score on its next possession, putting the game out of reach for the Buckeyes. OSU then lost the Orange Bowl to Clemson in early January.
Earlier in the interview, Hyde also said that he believes that his former teammate Miller will win the Heisman in 2014. It’s clear that while he’s sour about the way his OSU career ended, he still has plenty of faith in the program moving forward.