The Sunday night showdown between No. 9 Notre Dame and Florida State will be one that many college football fans will remember for a long time. The Fighting Irish may be the team that starts their season 1-0 after a 41-38 win in overtime, but it’s the Seminoles’ backup quarterback that walks away with the ultimate win. Hawaii native McKenzie Milton came into the game in the 4th quarter after Jordan Travis needed to exist for one play due to his helmet coming off. However, Milton not only stayed in for more than one play, he led a touchdown drive that cut Notre Dame’s lead to 38-35. This was the Mililani High School alum’s first game since November 23, 2018 after suffering what many thought would be a career-ending knee injury.
WELCOME BACK TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL, @McKenzieMil10‼️ The Mililani HS alum led this TD drive to cut Notre Dame’s lead to 38-35 in his first game since Nov. 23, 2018. pic.twitter.com/wdbbP0Pv38
— ESPN Honolulu (@ESPNHonolulu) September 6, 2021
McKenzie Milton’s mother is going through a WAVE of emotions right now. What a comeback story by her son. pic.twitter.com/gfQ6MsXbp4
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 6, 2021
@McKenzieMil10 😌😌. HE BUILT FOR THIS
— VAVAE MALEPEAI 🇦🇸 (@vavaeee) September 6, 2021
McKenzie Milton is one of the all time great sports comeback stories. This is fun to watch.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 6, 2021
McKenzie Milton > Rudy. There, I said it.
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) September 6, 2021
McKenzie Milton, on a surgically reconstructed knee, has now outrushed the entire Clemson offense
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 6, 2021
Now it’s in overtime, @McKenzieMil10 has proven his worth in 10 minutes, legendary 🔥🏈 https://t.co/ogXcrWmfTt
— RJ Hollis (@arejayhollis) September 6, 2021
McKenzie Milton is the man all of us kids who were told “you won’t play again because of this injury” needed to look up to. https://t.co/dEzeGILrXA
— Ian Thompson (@Ian_Thompson42) September 6, 2021
So who’s playing McKenzie Milton in the inevitable Disney film ? @McKenzieMil10 🤙🏽 pic.twitter.com/NmR3IvVFFD
— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) September 6, 2021