He more than made up for it later in the first quarter with a highlight-reel interception.
The junior took advantage of a hurried overthrow by Broncos' quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen as he skied for a one-handed interception.
"That was sweet," senior linebacker Jairus Jones said. "It has to be top-10. That was a great pick."
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi agreed with Jones' assessment and went a little bit deeper.
"If that isn't in the top 10 all weekend, I don't know what is," Narduzzi said. "It probably should be the number one play in the country. That was an unbelievable catch."
When told the praise Narduzzi had to offered, Drummond laughed and smiled.
"Well, thanks Coach Narduzzi," Drummond said. "I watch ESPN, so that would be cool, but I wouldn't be mad if it wasn't on there."
Head coach Mark Dantonio said he got a quick look at the play on the scoreboard and said it isn't a new thing for Drummond.
"Great play," he said. "But he's made those in practice, too. He's a good player."
Drummond said the secondary works on making those plays constantly in practice.
"We work on deep balls all the time," he said. "It was just me seeing the ball in the air, jumping and it just happened to stick to my hand."