After quarterback Joe Flacco connected with tight end Ed Dickson on an 18-yard touchdown strike on their first offensive play of the third quarter, Koch, who was holding for kicker Billy Cundiff, took the snap and ran through a hole created by the left side of the offensive line into the end zone.
The play gave the Ravens a 29-7 advantage en route to a 35-7 victory, but it also was interpreted by some Steelers as the Ravens’ plan to run up the score.
With Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward vowing after that game to “remember everything,” Koch said Thursday that the notion of retaliation never crossed his mind.
“I never even thought about that,” he said. “We went out there that game just to play our game, and the opportunity rose at that time. I didn’t feel like it was going to be a slap in the face. I just felt like it was there, and we might as well take advantage of it. We may never get that chance again, so take advantage of it. As far as retaliation, I’ve never really thought about that. We’ll just continue to do our jobs.”
Koch said he too has heard the accusations of trying to embarrass the Steelers, but he insisted that was not part of the team’s strategy that day.
“I heard a couple people saying that we were running up the score,” Koch said. “But like you just said, it would have almost been criminal if we hadn’t run it. There were only three guys over there, and anybody – including a lineman – could’ve run through that hole. It was just wide open, so take advantage of the opportunities you have.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun