Michael Penix on final play: 'All I saw was opportunity'
Indiana had one heck of a way to start their 2020 football season.
After taking #8 Penn State into overtime, the Hoosiers decided to go for two after their touchdown and win the game instead of just playing for double-overtime.
It ended up paying off for them as quarterback Michael Penix dove for the endzone and got the ball across the pylon by just sheer inches.
The game ended with a 36-35 win for Indiana and marked their first win over a top 10 team since 1987. Even further, it was their win over a top 1o team at Memorial Stadium since 1967.
After the game was over, Penix was asked about that play and going for the win at the end. Here is what he had to say:
Penix: "In my mind, I scored. I knew it was a touchdown as soon as I did it. I told the team when they were reviewing it, I said, ‘Hey, it’s a touchdown. It’s a touchdown.’"
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) October 25, 2020
#Hoosiers QB Mike Penix Jr. on going for 2 and the win: "It wasn’t too much surprise. Coach Allen, he’s a competitor. He likes to go out and compete. The offense, we stuck together. We’re like, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get it. We have to dial in.’"
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 25, 2020
Penix finished the game with 170 yards passing on 19/36 completions. He also had one touchdown pass to go along with one interception.
Indiana’s next game will be at 3:30 next Saturday at Rutgers.