John Glenn football coaches Michael Dunlap, Brad Barclay and Doug Joy went to last weekend's Michigan State vs. Notre Dame game hoping to see a good college football game and their former quarterback and punter Aaron Bates. They got a little bit more than expected though, when Bates, now a senior and football captain at Michigan State, threw the game-winning pass on a fake field goal attempt during overtime.
"I said to Coach Barclay right before they kicked it that I was a little nervous and he said, 'Why, you think they're going to fake it?' and I said 'No, I just hope they get the hold down,'" reports Joy.
While none of the coaches were expecting the play, coach John Kelley explains that when he saw what was happening while watching the game at home he had no doubt that Bates could make it work. "I've seen him since he was a just a youngster. He's always been so competitive and such a hard worker, I wasn't surprised that he could pull off a play like that on the national stage," said Kelley.
The three coaches who were at the big game almost missed it as well. "We debated on whether to go to that game or not because we had a JV game that night and we wouldn't get to spend much time up there... but it was pretty worth it when we got there," says Joy.
Of course, Dunlap arrived at the game in full Notre Dame attire. Being the fan that he is, he couldn't have been particularly pleased that Michigan State came out with the win either. "I told myself I'd root for Aaron when he was in there, that he'd punt well, hold well. It just happened to be that he was throwing a pass to beat my beloved Irish," Dunlap explains.
Even though he may have wished it had happened against a different team, Dunlap and the other two coaches all congratulated Bates after the game. Joy says of their brief conversation, "There were 10 New Concord people there. I think he was glad we were all there to see that."