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Penn State Football: Grant Haley Talks About Game Winning Score

by on October 23, 2016 4:15 AM

At the end of the day few plays in the history of Penn State football will have been more important than the combination of Marcus Allen's blocked field goal and Grant Haley's 60-yard return to give Penn State a 24-21 lead and eventual win over No. 2 Ohio State.

Pete Giftopoulos' interception in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl. 

Issac Smolko's reception on 4th and 15 against Northwestern in 2005.

Tamba Hali's sack fumble of Troy Smith in 2005.

Allen Robinson's late catch against Michigan in 2013.

There are more because all-time lists are impossible to settle on, but the point remains the same. With just over four minutes to go in regulation Penn State was staring down a 45-yard Ohio State field goal attempt. A make and the Nittany Lion would have to score a touchdown behind 24-17 to tie the game. A miss and it was still and Penn State would still be a touchdown away from victory.

But then Marcus Allen leaped into the air and Haley grabbed the ball. And the rest was quite literally, history.

"To be honest I didn't even watch the field goal," tight end Mike Gesicki said after the game. "And then I heard everybody go nuts and I turned and me and DaeSean (Hamilton) was sitting next to me and I go, Oh my God, Oh my God, and he just took off. And I knew he wasn't going to get caught, it was close but I think he got tired in the end."

"He told Billy Fessler at the beginning of the week that 'I'm going to make a play at the end of the game and score and touchdown and we're going to win it' and I don't know what it was but I guess he was right."

Here is what Haley had to say about the play.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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