You would think that after beating Ohio State in 2021 that Michigan players wouldn't still be upset with a loss that happened back in 2016. But one just can't seem to let go of a controversial player involving Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.
Last week Barrett was asked about how bitter former Michigan defensive end Chris Wormley appears to be over a bad spot leading to a crucial first down in the 2016 edition of The Game. Barrett dismissed Wormley's grudge, telling him to "move on" from it.
"I'm glad my guy wasn't the referee, I don't know," Barrett said. "We don't have to discuss it, really. There's not really, double-takes. But yeah, we got a first down, we can move on. But he's not moving on. He should."
Since making that statement, Barrett and Wormley have been verbally sparring on Twitter. And fans of both teams are having all kinds of fun with the controversy:
The play in question was a controversial first down spot that set up a game-winning touchdown by Curtis Samuel in 2016. It was fourth down and would have sealed the win for Michigan if J.T. Barrett had been ruled short.
Instead, Samuel scored his touchdown on the very next play. The loss cost Michigan a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game and dropped them out of College Football Playoff contention.
Michigan avenged that loss this year en route to a historic season.
But it's clear that the pain of 2016 isn't going away anytime soon. Not for some players at least.
As for the Buckeyes, they're more than happy with how things turned out that day.