Emeka Egbuka breaks down Ohio State's clutch 3rd-and-19 conversion
Emeka Egbuka delivered one of the major plays of the game during Ohio State’s thrilling win over Notre Dame. If not for a clutch reception on 3rd-and-19, Chip Trayanum’s goal line plunge with 3 seconds remaining never happens.
During a Wednesday media session, Egbuka was asked about what went into that play. He admitted it’s one the offense works on every week in case it’s ever needed, and that practice time paid off.
“That’s a play that we practice pretty much every week, every Friday we go over that play just in case. You never know when you might need it,” said Egbuka via Eleven Warriors. “Unfortunately, you never get to practice it at that magnitude so you kind of have to be ready to step up in that moment. Just kind of like you said, Kyle (McCord) and I were on the same page when it comes to that play and just able to execute it.”
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As for the catch itself, Egbuka admitted he doesn’t remember it. The catch ultimately came down to years of practice and preparation so that instincts take over.
“I can’t tell you what it’s like because I don’t remember it. It’s just something that happens,” Egbuka said in reference to the catch. “You’re just out there playing football. You’ve been playing football since the second grade and at those moments like that, you’re not really thinking it’s just sort of second nature to you because you’ve put yourself through the training and practice to do it. It just kind of happened naturally.”
When it was all said and done, Egbuka led the Buckeyes with 7 catches for 96 yards and the crucial first down. While Marvin Harrison Jr. will continue to draw a lot of attention, Egbuka is a star in his own right and is prepared to capitalize in these moments.