“It stopped all the thought of coach Mac being gone. We still thought about him, but it was, ‘OK, he’s somewhere else. We’re going to go and get the win and we’re going to do it with what we have.”’
What they do have is a stellar quarterback, David Fales, who led the nation in completion percentage in the regular season. The dart-throwing transfer started strong and finished stronger in the wind and cold at RFK Stadium, completing 33 of 43 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns.
Fales led the drive that set up Austin Lopez’s 27-yard field goal with 4:43 remaining, and De’Leon Eskridge’s 1-yard run with 2:34 left provided the insurance. Fales was an unknown when he arrived on campus in the spring, but he quickly became the offensive leader the Spartans needed.
“He was like that puzzle piece that was able to make everything come together,” Johnson said.