Off to the races: Michigan's Carlo Kemp accounts for impressive pick-six in 4th quarter of Hula Bowl
Michigan defensive lineman Carlo Kemp may have had the play of the Hula Bowl. For a brief period of time, it also kept his team in the game.
With 2 minutes to play in the Hula Bowl, Team Kai had a 15-7 lead on Team Aina and needed a 1st down put the game away. That’s when Kemp stepped up and kept his squad alive. Mississippi State quarterback KJ Costello tried to complete a short pass, but the Michigan defensive lineman was in the right place at the right time.
After corralling the ball, Kemp raced 64 yards to the end zone to pull Team Aina within a 2-point conversion of tying it up. It was an outstanding play in a critical situation for the Michigan lineman.
Below is the clip:
#TeamKai had the lead with 2 minutes left, they decide to throw the ball and KJ Costello gets picked off by Michigan DL Carlo Kemp and Kemp returns it for a 60+ yard TD! 😂😂😂😂 #HulaBowl pic.twitter.com/BXYqCeM8vG
— 🌹🏆 (@RespectDaBeard1) February 1, 2021
Unfortunately, Kemp’s efforts were not enough. Team Aina failed on the 2-point try and Team Kai held on for the 15-13 game. It was perhaps the final game in Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
Kemp ended the 2020 season with the Wolverines collecting 21 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 sacks and a QB hurry. Over the last four years in Ann Arbor, the lineman has totaled 81 stops and 10 tackles for loss.
While it didn’t come during the regular season, that pick-six has to be one of the most memorable plays of Kemp’s football career.