COLUMBUS -- It has been an emotional week for Ohio State senior offensive lineman Pat Elflein.
From the Thanksgiving holiday to time with family, Elflein has seen a lot in the last seven days, but a good week ended on a great note, a 30-27 win over the No. 3-ranked University of Michigan Wolverines in double overtime at Ohio Stadium Saturday afternoon.
“Very emotional,” Elflein said. “It was an emotional rollercoaster this week. From Senior Tackle to Thanksgiving, I got to speak at the pep rally, and walking out on Senior Day as the last one, it was an emotional rollercoaster.”
The Buckeyes trailed for much of Saturday’s game, but scored 23 of the final 33 points to seal the win over Michigan and remain in the conversation for a berth into the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years.
Following the win over the Wolverines, thousands of the record crowd of 110,045 fans stormed the field to celebrate, and Elflein soaked up the moment with his family, including his mother, Lisa, sister, Heather, brother, Matt, and grandfather, Rich.
“That’s my motivation,” Elflein said. “On the field, I physically grabbed them. They jumped over the fence and I pulled them down, and that was just amazing.
“My grandpa was here. He hasn’t been to a game in a while and wanted to come to this game. Senior Day against The Team Up North, he got to see that. I got to talk to him a little bit and it was just very exciting. Very exciting.”
Elflein is one of the few players in Ohio State history to claim that in his five years in Columbus, he never lost to Michigan, and as such, is the proud owner of five pairs of the “Gold Pants” charms given to Buckeyes after each win over the Wolverines.
Elflein has given each of the previous four pairs of Gold Pants to his mother and sister to wear as necklaces and is happy to add another piece to the jewelry box.
“Coach Meyer said it in the locker room that this game is going down in history at Ohio State,” Elflein said.
“It kind of hit me then. It’s crazy to try and soak it in right then, and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone but my teammates, my coaches and my family.
“I couldn’t do it without my teammates, coaches. That’s truly incredible.”