Michigan State's 17-14 win over Ohio State in November put the Spartans in the driver's seat for the Big Ten title and a College Football Playoff berth. It also snapped Ohio State's 23-game winning streak and broke the air of invincibility around the Buckeyes.
According to Spartans offensive tackle Jack Conklin, he and his teammates knew midway through the game that OSU was ripe for the picking. Speaking on Fox Sports' The Audible podcast with Bruce Feldman, Conklin said the Buckeyes returned to the field for the third quarter with a look of disinterest.
“The key turning point in that game was when we came out at halftime — it was really cold — and we came out running around stretching and we look over to their sideline and they’re all huddled around their heaters. It was actually that moment. A lot of guys said it after the game that was the moment that we were like ‘We’re gonna win this game.’
“It just didn’t seem like they were in it as emotionally as we were.”
You can listen to the entire clip of Conklin below on SoundCloud.