The Ohio State Buckeyes were oh so close to meeting the Florida State Seminoles in the BCS National Championship Game this past January instead of the Auburn Tigers. However, as we all painfully know, they couldn’t get over the hurdle of the Big Ten Championship Game against the Michigan State Spartans, and were instead relegated to the Orange Bowl.
With Carlos Hyde, one of the unquestioned stars of the Buckeyes for the past few seasons, off to the NFL to begin his career with the San Francisco 49ers, you would think that loss would be a distant memory with everything he has going on in his life and career at the moment.
Nope. It still bugs him.
“I actually still think about that Michigan State game and that fourth and one,” Hyde said Tuesday morning at an NFL Rookie Symposium youth football clinic.
Of course, the play that Hyde is referring to is the fourth-and-one with time running out and the Buckeyes down by three, where instead of the bruising Hyde getting the ball, Braxton Miller kept it and was stopped by the vaunted Spartans defense to seal the deal.
Hyde also knows that they lost out on a huge opportunity.
“Pretty much I feel like it was that one play or we could have been on our way to the national championship,” Hyde said. “I mean, you know, it’s a lesson learned.
Even with his life in the NFL now, you can tell that the Buckeye pride will never leave him.
You want more proof of that? How does he expect the Buckeyes to fair this year, even without him in the backfield?
“I’m expecting them to win it all,” Hyde said.