LJ Scott, Michigan State
I will forever remember LJ Scott’s final carry of the 2015 Big Ten Championship game. From the beginning, the game against Michigan State was a true Big Ten smashmouth slugfest.
Both teams went at it with each team occasionally striking a good blow, but Michigan State had yet to score a touchdown when they got the ball with just under 10 minutes remaining.
I remember thinking, worst-case scenario, the Iowa football team gives up a touchdown and they have 3-4 minutes to get in to field goal range to tie it up and take it to overtime.
What happened actually managed to be worse.
The Spartans put together a 22-play drive that lasted over 9 minutes and went 82 yards for a touchdown. Scott received 14 of his 22 carries on that one drive alone. 10 of the last 11 plays in that drive went Scott’s way and with the ball just a yard from the endzone, the Iowa football team did everything it could to keep Scott out of the endzone, but in the end, it wasn’t enough.
On a play that will forever stick in my mind, Scott was essentially wrapped up short of the goal line on his third-down carry before managing to spin, extend his arm and score the game-winning touchdown to send Michigan State to the College Football Playoff.
I think Scott may actually be my least favorite person on this list. He was a battering ram who couldn’t be stopped.