Last week, Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich was speaking with the media about whether or not quarterback Shea Patterson should return for his senior season. In the course of his reply, he expanded his answer to include what happened against Ohio State last month, and how that result should not discourage anybody from becoming — or staying — a Wolverine.
“I would say to any recruit or any potential guy that sees maybe what happened in the Ohio State game or is persuaded against coming here because of that, I would say that alone is a mirage and what we’ve built here is a powerhouse,” Winovich said.
“That’s the Michigan I’m leaving. A Michigan that is headed in this trajectory where the sky’s the limit.”
Winovich calling the results of The Game ‘a mirage’ sparked plenty of conversation, but he doubled down on his beliefs.
“We didn’t have our best game that day, obviously, I don’t think anybody wouldn’t say that,” he said.
“It wasn’t us. It happened. It is what it is and we’re going to look it in the face. It wasn’t us being way worse than Ohio State, we just had a bad day and they capitalized on it. Just like we’ve been doing, we’re coming back stronger and we’re going to remember this next year.”
On Tuesday, Ohio State’s prolific social media team finally responded to the mirage talk, borrowing a skit from Saturday Night Live to get the job done.
Check it out.
Was it just a mirage? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/BqnwmOPTdl
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 11, 2018