Catching a game-winning touchdown pass would be a dream come true for any player at any level of football. On Saturday, that dream became a reality for Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh.
With less than two minutes to play and trailing 38-33, J.T. Barrett fired a pass into the end zone in an attempt to give the Buckeyes a late lead with time dwindling down. On the receiving end was Baugh, who was wide open for the go-ahead score.
Baugh, who ranks eighth for Ohio State in receiving yardage this season, caught the game-winning touchdown to help knock off then-No. 2 ranked Penn State in Columbus. And it was easily one of the top plays of the tight end’s entire career.
“For me, top three,” Baugh said, according to 247Sports. “I’ve only had six touchdowns. I don’t know, I’ve had some pretty good touchdowns. It depends on what you’re debating on. This one, I’d probably put it at one for the overall.”
On the year, Baugh has just 15 catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns, so being targeted in that situation is pretty unique. Even he was surprised his number was called.
“I never thought that they would throw me the ball for the go-ahead touchdown against Penn State,” Baugh said. “It feels good to be here. I never thought that I’d be talking to (the media) talking about a game-winning catch or go-ahead catch.
“Who would have thought that they would call my name for the game winner? But things change.”
Though is numbers aren’t eye-popping, Baugh has now caught a pass in 17-straight regular season games and has caught a touchdown pass in each of Ohio State’s last three contests.
But yeah, that one against Penn State probably feels a little different.