Michigan State trainers told ESPN's Heather Cox that William Gholston had merely had his wind knocked out against Ohio State, but the video shows the damage was much worse than that.
Based on postgame developments, Ohio State-Michigan State might've been the most taxing game of the year. We have Ohio State accusing the Spartans' Jack Allen of eye-gouging, MSU briefly claiming it had gotten doctored game film from the Buckeyes, and whatever's coming next.
During the game, however, there was watching Ohio State's Braxton Miller wriggle out from under William Gholston's motionless body after the MSU pass rusher got drilled in the skull by teammate Isaiah Lewis.
Gholston went back into the game shortly after, with Heather Cox reporting Michigan State's assessment: he'd just had his wind knocked out. He was not hit in the lungs. He was hit square in the brain.
OSU LT Jack Mewhort said he didn't know if William Gholston was knocked out, but he did see him breathing.— Tony Gerdeman (@GerdOzone) October 1, 2012
I've had my wind knocked out before. You probably have, too. The most recent time I can remember came when I fell out of a tree and landed on my back. I did not lie on my back, completely limp. Instead, I felt that if I didn't squirm and groan and make as big a scene as possible, I'd never breathe again. It feels like you're missing both your lungs all of a sudden.
William Gholston did not have his wind knocked out. He's perhaps Michigan State's best player, so it makes sense they'd want him back in the game as quickly as possible. But he did not merely have his wind knocked out.
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