Chip Trayanum reflects on game-winning plunge: 'You live for runs like that'
Chip Trayanum had just 6 carries in Ohio State’s 17-14 nail-biting win over Notre Dame. However, he was the player at the middle of the biggest call of the game, plunging over the goal line with 1 second left on the clock.
After the thrilling victory, Trayanum addressed the rush to get the play lined up and ready to go on the field. Ohio State did not have a timeout with 3 seconds left on the game clock before the decisive play.
“It was definitely a rush to hurry up and get on the field, get the play call, and just get lined up and ready to go,” said Trayanum in his press conference. “It was just getting fast and executing. I had confidence in the play and I know my teammates had confidence in me.”
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Asked about the ensuing review of his play, Trayanum knew it was close but also knew he was 100% past the goal line. It’s the kind of moment he says you envision as a running back.
“I knew I was definitely in. It was close, but, as a running back, you live for runs like that. The nitty-gritty runs, the runs where you’re fighting with your body to stay up, make sure nothing touches,” Trayanum explained. “You definitely practice that and you envision that as a RB, but man, God is great. This feeling, it’s still surreel, but definitely a good Buckeye win to go into the bye week.”
Throughout his Buckeye career, Trayanum has bounced between the offense and defense before returning to his natural running back role full-time. He was asked about the gratification of that touchdown, and Trayanum noted how much it meant for the program to trust him with the season on the line.
“It meant a lot, just echoes the confidence my teammates and coaches have in me to give me the ball with the game on the line like that,” admitted Trayanum. “To keep our season dreams alive. At the end of the day, it means a lot that they have confidence in me like that. I just knew the job had to be done, simple as that.”
TreVeyon Henderson led Ohio State’s rushing attack Saturday night with 104 yards and 14 carries. However, Trayanum received the ball with the game — and potentially, the season — on the line. Now, the Buckeyes can head to a Week 4 bye to regroup for the remaining B1G slate.