This play is one Michigan would like to forget quickly.
The Wolverines are leading Michigan State late in the third quarter, but this play was not a reason for that lead. In fact, Michigan is thankful this awful play only ended in a penalty.
Trying to catch the Spartans off balance, Michigan lined up with Dylan McCaffrey at quarterback and Shea Patterson out wide. After the snap, McCaffrey threw a backwards pass to Patterson.
That is when everything blew up. Patterson’s option down the field was covered up, along with McCaffrey getting knocked down in the backfield. In desperation, Patterson simply hurled the ball out of bounds but also short of the line of scrimmage.
It resulted in an intentional grounding penalty:
Worst. Trick. Play. Ever. pic.twitter.com/zs2i2FOzDo
— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) November 16, 2019