In one of the most bizarre scenes we’ve ever encountered watching football, the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium opened up like the Red Sea.
Ohio State held pat on its own goal line while Wisconsin attempted to cut into the Buckeyes’ lead. The Badgers raced in for a touchdown but not before an Ohio State player’s leg wedged under the turf and exposed the velcro holding Ohio State’s endzone together.
A groundskeeper raced in to make sure the playing surface was safe for the players before they could return to play.
He quickly became the story of the night.
Lucas Oil Stadium Field Manager Eric Harlow has a bachelor’s degree in turf grass management from Purdue.
He was previously a groundskeeper for the Phillies & Nationals. pic.twitter.com/RO2ZiFnWmK
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 3, 2017
Although he has a name, no one on Twitter called him “Eric.” The Twitterverse exploded with mentions of “Turf Guy,” which seems apt considering he literally has a degree in turf grass management, according to Rovell.
Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 27-21.