KALAMAZOO, MI – The Western Michigan football team received extra coverage Saturday, when it’s ESPNU broadcast of the seven-overtime game against Buffalo ran well past its expected end time.
The national attention continued into Wednesday, when CBS Sports Radio host Jim Rome welcomed WMU running back Jarvion Franklin on his show to talk about playing in the fourth college football game to reach a seventh extra session.
“That game was totally unreal,” Franklin told Rome. “The thoughts that come to mind when I look back is that the other team kept matching us tic for tac, but what I know about us is that we’re not going to give up.
“It was kind of comical, especially to us on offense because we loved the fact that the pressure was on us the entire time. We were kind of sitting back and enjoying it, but we were also like, ‘Wow, it just keeps going on.'”
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Asked about the physical toll the game took on Franklin and his teammates, the senior compared the seven overtimes to playing two games in one day.
“Physically, it’s just like playing a whole other football game,” he said. “I know we had some guys that clocked over 120 plays, and that’s incredible.
“I’m glad for my sake I didn’t reach that, but at the same time it does take a toll on your body, and you just have to remain mentally strong and remember all the things you did in the summer time in that experience.”
In a postgame interview, Franklin attributed his endurance to running up the hill and the bleachers surrounding the Waldo Stadium field, and he reiterated the significance of that summer training to Rome.
“In the midst of all that work (in the summer), I’m sure if you ask anyone who’s an athlete and does stuff like that, you never know if you’re really going to need the extra work,” he said. “In a game like last Saturday, I’m glad it…