It was a great college football game and a total slugfest between two high-powered offenses. The teams went back and forth all night, trading blows before the Buckeyes ultimately came out victorious 40-30. Northwestern wasn’t the only losers on the night though. For those that follow the world of sports betting, they saw what turned out to be a detrimental blow to the Vegas sports books.
The line for the game was -5.5 for Ohio State, which means the Buckeyes were favored by five and a half points over the Wildcats. In the final seconds on the game, with the score 34-30, Northwestern was set to beat the spread, which would have made all the people who bet for Ohio State losers.
But on the Wildcats’ last-second attempt at a comeback, they tried a lateral play and this is what unfolded.
Northwestern’s attempt at a big play resulted in a fumble that went into the end zone and the Buckeyes recovered, giving them a touchdown causing Northwestern to lose on the bet.
This crazy turn of events was estimated to have shifted over $100 million from Vegas sports book back to the gamblers, a monumental change of events and a loss that Vegas rarely suffers. Announcer Brent Musberger, an avid gambler, noticed immediately.
“There are some folks who are celebrating and there are some folks saying ‘you gotta be kidding me’,” said Musberger as the play unfolded.