ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It’s not that he finds it funny, but when De’Veon Smith looks back at Michigan State’s improbable 27-23 comeback win against Michigan on Saturday, all he can do is sit back and laugh when thinking of the final play outcome.
“The night and Sunday morning, I kind of wasn’t over it,” Smith said when asked about losing on the final play to his in-state rivals. “But now I am. I look back at it and just laugh about it, because it was a crazy play, a great play by them."
Adding: “It’s hard to describe,” Smith said when asked about how he laughs at the play. “I laughed at it in disbelief that it happened to you. Because you only see that happen to other teams and it just so happen to happen to our team.”
While he tries to laugh it off, Smith admits the outcome always remains the same every time he goes back an re-wathces the play.
“I have seen it at least four or five times,” Smith said. “And you think it’s a bad dream. You want to wake up from it. But you got to live with it.”
Needing a first down to secure U-M’s victory, Smith was unable to gain a key third down conversion, which led to Blake O’Neill’s infamous botched punt with 10 seconds remaining.
“I wish I could’ve got the first down so we wouldn’t have been in that situation. But God has a plan, so everything happens for a reason,” said Smith.
With no game this weekend, Michigan will get an extra week to prepare for Minnesota on Oct. 31.
“It’s a good and a bad thing,” Smith said when asked about timing of U-M’s extra week off. “Because you get to rest your body for a whole week and just focusing on one team for two weeks.
“Yeah, you want to get the taste out your mouth, but in way it’s a good thing, because we can go back and look at all of our mistakes and correct them all.”