Just go: Devin Smith comes up big again
September, 29, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Early in the game, Devin Smith started thinking there would be an edge.
At halftime the Ohio State wide receiver talked it over with his quarterback, and Braxton Miller agreed.
Now all they needed was an opportunity in the second half, and when it finally arrived, they took advantage of it together, just as they've already done a few notable times with the Buckeyes. They turned their big-play partnership into a game-winning touchdown in a 17-16 victory over Michigan State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
"I knew I could beat them deep," Smith said. "I was hoping I’d get something, but you know, [offensive coordinator Tom] Herman didn’t call it much. He called it at the right time and we made a play. I kept telling Braxton the sideline, 'Man, we’ve got to run a go route; they can’t guard us.'
"He put it right on the money."
Smith didn't even need to break stride after beating his man down the right sideline as Miller dropped an inch-perfect strike into his hands, with the sophomore receiver taking care of the rest on the 63-yard deep ball that erased a lead Michigan State had just claimed on its previous drive.
The highlight reel was already starting to get long for the collaboration between the multipurpose passer and his athletic target -- and now they've got yet another go-ahead, game-winning score to squeeze on there.
"That’s one of my favorite receivers," Miller said. "I’m always going to look for him."