DAPHNE, Ala. – The last place Michael Geiger, all 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds of him, wanted to end up was at the bottom of a pile of Michigan State football players. The junior kicker booted through a 41-yard field goal as time expired and then sprinted away from a swarm of celebrating Spartans after #9 Michigan State upset #3 Ohio State 17-14 on Saturday to snap the Buckeyes’ 23-game winning streak.
Playing without injured star quarterback Connor Cook on a rainy and windy day at Ohio Stadium, the Spartans took control of the Big Ten East, barged into the thick of the College Football Playoff hunt, and very likely ended Ohio State’s chances to repeat as national champions. With a victory next weekend at home against Penn State, the Spartans will clinch a spot in the Big Ten championship game.
For its impressive performance against #3 Ohio State, #9 Michigan State has been voted this week’s unanimous winner of the United States Sports Academy’s Game of the Week. No. 10 Baylor’s 45-35 victory over #6 Oklahoma State came in second and #17 North Carolina’s 30-27 win over Virginia Tech was third.
An eminent national panel of 17 former and legendary coaches and administrators, chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award by ballot.
At the end of the season, the best College Football Game of the Year is chosen from the pool of weekly winners. Past winners of these memorable games have included stunning upsets, conference championships, and BCS National Championship games.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winning school.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.