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Jelani Scott

J.J. McCarthy’s Touchdown Dart Against Ohio State Sparks Debate After Questionable Review

The latest chapter of the vaunted Michigan-Ohio State rivalry added a moment of controversy to its lore on Saturday following an unbelievable play by Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy.

With No. 3 Michigan (11–0) leading, 7–3, in the second quarter, McCarthy fired a 22-yard strike to receiver Roman Wilson between two OSU defenders on third-and-10 for a touchdown.

An official review followed McCarthy’s sensational TD pass as it appeared that the ball may have been picked off by Buckeyes cornerback Denzel Burke, who met Wilson head-on. The review ultimately resulted in an official ruling of a touchdown, sparking a debate online over whether McCarthy’s dart should’ve stood as a score or been reversed to a turnover.

As video of the debated play circulated online, the highlight quickly turned into a point of contention, with some fans flooding the “That’s a TD” trend on X, formerly known as Twitter, in defense of No. 2 Ohio State (11-0). And, given how heated the storied rivalry is, the debate will likely rage on long after the final whistle:

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