Joe Kerridge had to explain even to his mom that it wasn't his fault.
It was Jan. 1, 2013, and Kerridge's Michigan Wolverines were taking on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl.
A battle of top 20 teams, South Carolina would eventually pull out a 33-28 victory, but not before defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, had perhaps the hit of the year.
Clowney burst through Michigan's offensive line to take down running back Vincent Smith.
While Kerridge was in on the play, he was the reason Clowney go through so quickly, even though his mom wondered otherwise.
Kerridge spent a total of four seasons with the Wolverines, appeared in 48 games with 18 rushing attempts for 121 yards and a touchdown.
He also collected 17 receptions for 123 yards.
Here are some of his college highlights (note: this guy is powerful):