Justin Gilbert returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown to give OSU a 14-0 lead in the first quarter Saturday at Iowa State. But Gilbert wasn’t satisfied. He wanted more.
So in the third quarter, after teammate Tyler Johnson picked up a fumble at the OSU 46-yard line and started weaving toward the goal line, Gilbert gave chase. And started yelling for the ball.
Johnson eventually reached the end zone, a 54-yard return that gave the Cowboys a 45-20 lead. And Johnson eventually ratted out his teammate, telling the media after the game about Gilbert’s in-play request.
Gilbert on Monday came clean.
“I didn’t know that we had all the blockers in front of him like we did,” Gilbert said. “I seen a lot of red jerseys around him. I thought he was going to get tackled. I was hoping that when he was going down, he could pitch the ball to me and we could get to the ESPYs at the end of the year. But he managed to take it all the way. I’m happy for him.”
Most defensive players would be thrilled with one touchdown. Was Gilbert getting a little greedy?
“I wouldn’t say greedy, just a guy wanting to make plays,” Gilbert said. “Caught up in the moment. But he got in, so I’m happy for him. It played out well.”
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