Ohio State overcame their mistakes and missteps, miscues and misfortunes, and road a 3rd string quarterback and Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 242 yards, all the way to the National Championship.
Ohio State’s third-string, that’s right, it bears repeating — their THIRD-STRING quarterback, Cardale Jones, was promoted to starter after misfortunate, season-ending injuries to the starter Braxton Miller and backup J.T. Barrett. The 250-pound third-year sophomore’s résumé includes three starts — a Big Ten title, a Sugar Bowl title and a 42-20 win over No. 2 Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Go Figure!
The Ohio State Buckeyes won the National Championship by defeating the Oregon Ducks 42-20 in a game that proved you can be down, but you’re never out. Oregon had the Heisman Trophy winner. Ohio had a 3rd string backup. But when they were down, Ohio State scored 21 unanswered points and never looked back as they ran all over and right through the Oregon Ducks defense.
Ohio State made their share of mistakes as they committed 4 turnovers – that’s four fumbles, and yet they still won by double digits. That, my friends, is an example of how not to get down on yourself and how not to beat yourself down just because you’ve made a mistake, or two . . . or three . . . or four.
So congrats to Ohio State. In last night’s game, they made mistakes. Some were really big, really bad and really bubble-headed mistakes. But they overcame every one. We all make mistakes, but we don’t all overcome and recover from them. And that’s the difference between an overcomer and an underachiever.
So, if you’re an overcomer, then you’ve come over some high hills and come through some low valleys. A mistake is not a dead end; it actually can lead to new beginning; it’s an opportunity to make an active revision to your life.
So take a page from the Ohio State Buckeyes: overcome every mistake you’ve made and every mistake you’ll make in this game of life by putting them behind you. You’ll have to. Because if you don’t, you won’t conquer what’s in front of you. So continue to forget about — and better yet, learn from — your mistakes on the way to your remarkable, wonderful win.