1. Jonathan Kim kicks the game-winner to pull off the upset
What has been the most pleasantly surprising aspect of Michigan State’s 2-0 start? If the answer for you isn’t the defense, it has to be Jonathan Kim becoming a revelation at kicker.
Through two games, Kim has made a 47-yarder with ease and then doinked in a 52-yarder against Richmond. A year ago, Michigan State couldn’t even kick an extra point-length field goal to beat Indiana in the final home game of the season to make a bowl. Yeah, we’re not going to harp on that loss but if Kim was around last year, the Spartans would have been bowling.
Michigan State finally has a legitimate kicking game.
And the Spartans will need it on Saturday.
With the game tied and Michigan State driving in the final minute, the Spartans will get to the 24-yard-line with five seconds left before calling a timeout. Kim will line up for a 41-yard field goal and a chance to become a hero in East Lansing. Not even an icing attempt by Kalen DeBoer will throw the North Carolina transfer off as he’ll step up and nail another impressive kick right down the middle.
The team will carry him off the field in celebration as the Spartans pull off the huge upset of No. 8 Washington, 34-31.