Michigan State sophomore defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson — the hero that scored the game-winning touchdown as time expired in Saturday’s shocking 27-23 win at Michigan — fractured his hip during celebration and is expected to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio said Jalen Watts-Jackson had surgery this morning. He fractured his hip on the tackle in end zone
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) October 18, 2015
— Eric Lacy (@EricLacy) October 18, 2015
Michigan was up 23-21 and 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter before Wolverines punter Blake O’Neill bobbled a low snap, was swarmed by Spartans, and had the ball pop free.
Watts-Jackson recovered the loose ball and ran 38 yards for the end zone, helping Michigan claim the 27-23 stunner. However, he was unable to celebrate with his teammates following the game, as he was immediately carted off the field and sent to the hospital.
“I feel for him,” junior defensive back Demetrious Cox told the Detroit News. “He was in the mix with the freshmen to play. I feel for him. It was a sacrifice I’m sure if he had to go back, he would make again.”
Watts-Jackson finishes the 2015 season with five total tackles, and, of course, a fumble recovery.