Josh Metellus Reacts to Questionable PI Call, Breaks Down Pick Six in Detail

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Josh Metellus Reacts to Questionable PI Call, Breaks Down Pick Six in Detail

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Josh Metellus Reacts to Questionable PI Call, Breaks Down Pick Six in Detail

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In the first half against SMU, Michigan struggled to put the greedy Mustangs away, as the Dallas-based team hung around, keeping things interesting just before halftime.

SMU was down 14-7 and driving, and was aided by a questionable pass interference call on Michigan safety Josh Metellus, which advanced the Mustangs from a 2nd and 17 from their onw 49 all the way to the Michigan 36. There were only seconds left on the clock, and it looked like SMU was going to be able have the chance to convert the drive into points, cutting into the deficit just before halftime.

The moment was frustrating for Metellus, as it seemed as if he hadn’t even touched the receiver.

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Josh Metellus was called for pass interference, but felt like he never interfered with the receiver’s ability to catch the ball.

Though he would make good on the call on the very next play, it still stung for a moment. But, Metellus did his best to keep a short memory and put the penalty call behind him.

“I was mad for like…2 seconds,” Metellus said. “Because, in my defense, I feel like I didn’t – pass interference. But, I just knew I had to brush that play off, just play the next play. And once I made the pick, I knew I made up for that. I just had to get into the end zone.”

But on the very next play, Metellus got redemption.

He jumped the route of a pass thrown by SMU quarterback Ben Hicks and took it back to the house for a touchdown, with time at the half expiring.

It was an impressive run where he made several cutbacks, and Metellus remembers the whole play as if it were in slow motion,

Asked by WolverinesWire about the play, he broke down how it all shook out.

“So once I caught it, I seen Devin Gil,” Metellus explained. “He looked at me, he turned and gave a little head nod, like let’s go. I seen him turn, and I seen the quarterback – and I see, alright, so he has the quarterback. We’ll just try to stay on the sideline, because I’m pretty sure he could kick the quarterback out. And I looked inside to see who else was coming, and I seen Aidan (Hutchinson) and Mike Dwumfour and Devin Bush all get good blocks on most of the offense. So I knew I could get close to the end zone and after that, it would be what I could do, because it was a long play. I knew everybody was tired.

“Once I seen the quarterback dive outside, I cut back and I seen the running back – he came, he dove low. I was able to step back and run behind the two linemen who were running. It was just, who wanted it more – me or 84? And I just got into the end zone.”

It was a pivotal play, as it not only took points off the board for SMU at the half, but it also put the Wolverines up 21-7 heading into the locker room. Michigan would end up winning the game 45-20, but it was Metellus’ pivotal, heads up play that was the catalyst for the maize and blue storming ahead.

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