Usually sure-handed Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk thought he was headed to the end zone on a second-quarter catch Monday night when he got tackled by New Orleans Saints safety Pierre Warren and fumbled.
Following an initial ruling that Juszczyk was down by contact, Saints coach Sean Payton challenged the call and officials ruled that it was a lost fumble.
The former Harvard standout said that he had never lost a fumble in his entire football career at any level until Monday night's 34-27 win over the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
"To be honest, I really wasn't sure if it was a fumble," Juszczyk said. "I thought it was kind of up in the air. It's just something I have to do better. I had the ball in the wrong hand. It's something to work on.
"I was just trying to score, man. It's actually my first lost fumble of my whole football career. There's a first for everything."
Later in the game, Juszczyk caught another pass and wrapped it up with two hands before contact. He finished with three receptions for 21 yards and has 16 catches for the season for 175 yards and one touchdown.
While Juszczyk was talking Monday night, teammates started making jokes about Harvard and called the Crimson "trash." The Ivy League school is 10-0 this season.
Juszczyk shook his head and said, "Hey, all these guys are haters."