You May Have Missed This Very Special Play in the Western Michigan University – USC Football Game
Never has one point meant so much. As USC put the game away in the 4th quarter, the extra point kick still made a difference.
Sometimes you see this happen at a youth game or occasionally high school but rarely at this level. Jake Olson, blind since age 12 was given the opportunity to snap the ball for the PAT in University of Southern California’s home opener against the Western Michigan University Broncos.
It is an awesome feeling, just something I’ve been working for, to get out there…It was exciting, it was fun, it was a moment we’re all going to remember for a long time.
-USC long snapper Jake Olson
With only 3:13 left on the clock, USC scored a touchdown and had essentially put the game out of reach by a score of 31-48. Before the extra point try, the coaches conferred and Jake Olson strapped on his helmet and put his arm of the back of the holder Wyatt Schimdt and trotted out onto the field. Jake is the backup long snapper for the Trojans. Jake has been blind since age 12. Schmidt led him to the line of scrimmage and the referee lined Olson up over the ball and blew the whistle.
Never has one point meant so much.
It’s something I really want people to look at to be inspired. We live in a world, in a society that, you know, that seems to want to tell people what they can and cannot do a lot of times and so, I preach that ‘It’s up to you, The only thing that can stop you is you.’
Click play on the video below to see the exhilarating play and the uplifting post-game interview with Olson and Schmidt.
Western Michigan University may have lost the game but they showed a lot of heart hanging with the heavily favored USC Trojans for much of the game and definitely showed class on this 1 point play that meant so much more.