Former Michigan Star Still (Justifiably) Salty Over 2016 Loss To OSU

Former Michigan Star Still (Justifiably) Salty Over 2016 Loss To OSU

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Former Michigan Star Still (Justifiably) Salty Over 2016 Loss To OSU


J.T. was short, and a former Wolverines All-American wants you to remember that.


Former Michigan Star Still (Justifiably) Salty Over 2016 Loss To OSU

Jourdan Lewis, the former Wolverine, now with the Dallas Cowboys, is outspoken.

He was an integral part of the team’s resurgence under head coach Jim Harbaugh and one of the league’s bigger trash talkers.

And he always had the play to back it up.

But, what happens when you seemingly earn the right to advance to college football’s grand stage, but flip-coin officiating kills your dream?

That’s what happened to Michigan in 2016, as the Wolverines took a double-digit lead over their arch-rival, Ohio State deep into the fourth quarter. Late in the game, Michigan had a chance to ice the game, but couldn’t get a ground game going against the Buckeyes vaunted front seven. OSU got the ball back, and the maize and blue had seemingly forced a three-and-out — but hold on! There’s a flag on the play.

The officials called pass interference on safety Delano Hill, despite the ball seeming to be uncatchable. Ohio State marched down the field and tied it up, sending the game into overtime.

The teams traded touchdowns, and Michigan started 2 OT with a pivotal pass play to WR Grant Perry, which would have gotten the Wolverines first down yardage. But he was visibly held on a catchable ball. Yet, no call. They went on to kick a field goal.

On the Buckeyes ensuing possession, Michigan seemed to have stopped QB J.T. Barrett dead in his tracks on 4th and 1, but the field judge marked the ball past the line to gain — and it couldn’t be conclusively overturned on replay.

Michigan went to the Capital One Orange Bowl while the Buckeyes advanced to the College Football Playoff.

Okay, long setup there.

Now, residents tend to boast about the best their state has to offer, and for those who live in Ohio currently, they’ve had some recent success with their sports teams, namely the Cleveland Cavaliers. One Twitter user posted the merits of the Buckeye State, naming all of those who came from Ohio, and Lewis, who was absolutely shutdown at corner in the aforementioned version of The Game, replied, reminding everyone that one time he was in Ohio, he nearly achieved his dream just to have it ripped away.

On the other hand, Lewis is a staunch supporter of athletes in Detroit, having recently thrown a camp for high school aged football players back in his origin city over Memorial Day weekend.

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