It was a career-defining moment for Michigan football wide receiver Cornelius Johnson. Somewhat streaky as a wideout,
the Wolverines called his number against rival Ohio State, facing a third-and-long, and in dangerous territory, down by 11 on the road.
Quarterback J.J. McCarthy faced heavy pressure, dumped it off to Johnson in the flat,
and Johnson took it from there, breaking several tackles en route to the end zone to put the maize,
and blue back within striking distance.
Michigan went on to win, 45-23, in Columbus, but that play was the one that started the momentum on the way to what ended up being a drubbing.
On Wednesday, Johnson spoke to Jon Jansen on the ‘In the Trenches’ podcast about that first touchdown catch,
and shared what was going through his mind in that moment.
“First of all, just like coming into that game in general, it’s just a mindset,” Johnson said.
like I was thinking to all about all the matchups all comes down to this, you know, it’s exactly that point where it’s like it’s a requirement,
you got to beat Ohio State to advance to the championship and advance to the playoffs — that’s just a requirement. And that was my mindset come into the game.