Big Ten Championship: Ohio State, Wisconsin destroy turf, gets fixed midgame

By Alex Butler  |  Dec. 3, 2017 at 11:54 AM
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Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A field manager made it possible for the Big Ten Championship to continue Saturday, when he heroically fixed torn up turf in the end zone.

Erik Harlow has since been identified as the man who kept the game going. The Lucas Oil Stadium field manager dove into action with 12:39 remaining in the contest.

Wisconsin running back Chris James scored on a one-yard touchdown run to tighten the game at 24-19, with Ohio State in the lead. But during his run, a huge chuck of the turn came loose, spraying rubber pellets everywhere.

It looked like a turf explosion.

Harlow ran onto the field with a bucket of more pellets and poured them onto the field's injury. He smoothed down the surface and reattached it. Harlow also used a rake.

The internet took notice of his ability to perform in the clutch.

"Shoutout to this guy fixing the turf all by himself.... anybody wanna help a guy out???" Houston Texans star J.J. Watt tweeted.

Watt was watching the game in support of his former team, the Badgers.

The Buckeyes went on to win the game 27-21. Purdue Sports Turf confirmed the mystery man was Harlow, who lists his job as a field coordinator at Lucas Oil Stadium on his Facebook page. Harlow has had grounds crew stops at Purdue Athletics, with the Washington Nationals and with the Philadelphia Phillies.

"Eric Marlow, you are a true friend to the crown. Dilly Dilly my friend," Watt tweeted.

The Indianapolis Colts are on the road this weekend for an AFC South clash against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Indianapolis doesn't return home to Lucas Oil Stadium until Dec. 14 for a game against the Denver Broncos.

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