Ohio State head coach Ryan Day kept the receipts.
Interviewed after his team pulled off a stunning last-second win on the road against Notre Dame, the fifth-year head coach didn't hold back calling out all the people that doubted his team heading into the top 10 showdown in South Bend, including former Fighting Irish head coach Lou Holtz. Holtz, who guided Notre Dame to its last national championship, said on "The Pat McAfee Show" that the Buckeyes were not physical enough, and that's why they've lost high-profile games during Day's tenure. He also said Notre Dame is "a better team."
"I’d like to know where Lou Holtz is right now," a fired-up Day said. "What he said about our team, I cannot believe. This is a tough team right here! We’re proud to be from Ohio! It’s always been Ohio against the world, and it’ll continue to be Ohio against the world!
"I love those kids, and we got a tough team!"
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Day added the Buckeyes' toughness was the key in the win at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday night, completing a comeback victory with a last-second touchdown.
"Everybody's questioning these kids all the time! We had one bad half the last couple of years! That's it! Everybody wants to question these guys! These guys are warriors right here to come back and win," Day said. "I'm emotional about this for a reason. A lot of people question these kids and say a lot of things about them. I love them. When someone attacks your family, to come in and win like this, is special. It's a great win for our program and a great win for Ohio State."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ohio State coach Ryan Day calls out Lou Holtz after last-second win