For Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius), it was the first college football game he’s ever seen live. For Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) it was the first time he’s witnessed an Ohio State-Michigan game in person.
They both came away with a one-word answer when asked about the Buckeyes’ 26-21 win Saturday over the Wolverines.
Berger, who picked up an Ohio State offer this week after a stellar junior season at outside linebacker, was downright amazed.
A lifelong fan of the Buckeyes, he had eyes the size of swimming pools following the game.
“It was unbelievable,” Berger said. “The atmosphere and the game were ridiculous.
“It was definitely a lot more then I expected. I didn’t realize the step up from high school football to college was that much, the size and the speed was eye-opening. They play their hearts out. They sell themselves out. I’m still in awe.”
That says a lot considering Berger played the best of the best this high school season and finished with 90 tackles -- 39 for loss -- and 8.5 sacks.
For Glover-Williams, Division-I programs have been high on the sophomore dual-threat quarterback for a while.
As a sophomore, Glover-Williams rushed for 1,810 yards and 22 scores on 243 attempts and was 75-of-154 for 1,114 yards with 12 touchdowns.
He has seen the Buckeyes play Nebraska this season, but even he sat in amazement after Ohio State finished an undefeated season at 12-0.
“It was a big rivalry game,” Glover-Williams said. “But this one was lot more fun. Just seeing the guys pulling for each other was amazing. It’s a game in the future I won’t forget.”