Don Mattingly's nephew made a crucial interception for Oregon in CFB Championship
In the first CFB Championship game, the Oregon Ducks found themselves trailing, 21-10, at halftime to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Worse still was that they had to open the second half by kicking off to OSU. Luckily they had some good genes on their side in trying to even things up.
Seven plays into the first drive of the third quarter, the Buckeyes were threatening to expand on their lead, sitting comfortably inside Oregon territory with a fresh set of downs. Then, a bobbled ball found its way into the reach of Ducks linebacker Danny Mattingly ... nephew of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.
Don Mattingly's nephew just picked off a pass for Oregon...Danny Football..- Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) January 13, 2015
The next play was a 70-yard touchdown strike from Marcus Mariota to Byron Marshall. Suddenly the Ducks were back in business. They climbed all the way back to a 21-20 score, but surrendered a touchdown to close out the third quarter and another one a few minutes later. Ohio State went on to win 42-20.
Fun fact: Danny Mattingly originally gave a verbal committment to Notre Dame where he would have been a member of the recruiting class of 2013 along with Torii Hunter Jr. (son of MLB All-Star Torii Hunter) and Corey Robinson (son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson).