We’re getting close to kickoff time and with the start of the regular season comes anticipation of The Game.
So with that in mind, let’s celebrate the No. 3, the margin of victory in The Game of the Century: OSU 42, Michigan 39 on Nov. 18, 2006.
OSU came in No. 1 in every poll. Michigan came in at No. 2. The winner would be assured of a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.
Like the game needed more hype, right?
Well, former Michigan head coach (and former OSU assistant) Bo Schembechler unexpectedly died the day before the game.
It was the first time The Game featured two undefeated teams ranked 1-2 in the country.
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In today’s edition, we celebrate number 14, the Ohio State’s margin of victory over Notre Dame in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl on January 1st, 2006, 34-20.
This game matched up Big
Game Girth Charlie Weiss against the plodding, we’ll-get-there-eventually Buckeyes under Jim Tressel. Ohio State managed to plod their way to 617 total yards. Quite a bit of that yardage and scoring came via non-plod big plays (Ginn Jr 56 yard TD reception, 68 yard TD run; Holmes 85 yard TD reception; Pittman 60 yard TD run).
For you keeping score at home, that’s four TD’s on 269 yards on four plays. Why mess around with ‘Red Zone’ offense when you can do that?
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The most important game of the season for any Ohio State fan or player is the annual season ending showdown against Michigan. Over the years the two teams have produced numerous unforgettable games with conference or national titles on the line and the 2005 showdown between 9th ranked Ohio State and 17th ranked Michigan was no exception. The Buckeyes entered Ann Arbor riding a five game winning streak and needing a win to claim a share of the Big Ten title while Michigan was on a four game winning streak and needed a win and a Penn State loss later in the day for a share of the conference title.
Ohio State would get out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a short run by Troy Smith midway through the first quarter however John Huston’s point after failed. Huston would make amends with a 42 yard field goal early in the second quarter to extend the Buckeye lead to 9-0. After a Michigan touchdown cut into the OSU lead, Huston made a last second field goal to give the Buckeyes a 12-7 advantage as the two teams headed to the locker room.
The second half got off to a bad start for the Buckeyes as they fumbled deep in their own territory on their first possession, giving Michigan great field position. While the OSU defense managed to limit the Wolverines to just a field goal, the momentum swung solidly in Michigan’s direction. The OSU offense continued to struggle and another miscue, this time a poor punt, once again gave Michigan the ball in OSU territory and this time they capitalized with a touchdown and a two point conversion to take an 18-12 lead late in the third quarter. The OSU offense finally got something going on their next drive but it was all for not as they missed a 46 yard field goal. The Wolverines got a chance to try a field goal of their own on the ensuing drive and they converted to extend their lead to 21-12 midway through the fourth quarter.
In today’s edition, we celebrate number 46, an Ohio State victory over TTUN on November 19th, 2005, 25-21. I could have selected another OSU win over TTUN, but the dynamics of this one are so satisfying.
The Buckeyes capped off a 9-2 regular season with another beating of Michigan, this time at Ann Arbor. The first half was a bit of a yawner as the Buckeyes took a 12-7 lead into the locker room. The Guys With The Funny Helmets then scored 14 consecutive points to take a 21-12 lead with 7:49 left in the game. Nine points, less than 8 minutes? No problem.
Notable plays in the comeback included the diving-across-the-goal line TD reception by Santonio Holmes (and subsequent B.S. unsportsmanlike penalty on him), and of course The Catch by Anthony Gonzalez with :39 remaining. Which set up Antonio Pittman’s off-tackle TD run to get the ‘W’.
Enjoy the highlights.
Today is #76 in our continuing Countdown to Kickoff series placing us squarely at Minnesota’s 2nd appearance on the list. On October 29th, 2005, OSU outgunned the Gophers, 45-31.
The Buckeyes and Gophers played to 14-14 halftime at but Ohio State pulled away with 28 2nd half points. Antonio Pittman (186 yds, 2 TD’s) and Troy Smith (216 yds, 3 TD’s) powered the offense, while Ted Ginn Jr. returned a KO 100 yds for another TD.
The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer. Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player. Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th. Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins. To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.
Beanie’s sophomore year in 2007 cemented him as the best Ohio State back of the decade, quickly erasing many fan’s thoughts of Pittman and his outstanding career.
While many fans will remember Wells as the premiere back at Ohio State from the past decade, Pittman’s contributions should not be overlooked.
In fact, it would be a disservice to one of the best backs in Ohio State history if we did not acknowledge Pittman’s role in Ohio State’s excellence during the Tressel Era.
It 2004 Pittman arrived at Ohio State as a relatively unheralded freshman out of Akron, Ohio. He was thrown onto the field (perhaps a bit prematurely) almost immediately due to a lack of depth and a lack of production from the starters (in their defense, it was partly due to injury).
While Pittman was undersized and unprepared for the beating that backs take in the Big 10, when healthy and on the field, Pittman provided a spark to the worst rushing offense that Ohio State fielded in some time. Read More
If you’re like most football fans you probably play some form of fantasy football. It gives me the ability to have a rooting interest in any NFL game I watch. I also like to have hometown players on my team but since I live in Cleveland that’s not such a good idea. So if you’re an Ohio State fan and are playing fantasy you may like to have a Buckeye on your team. Here’s a quick look at OSU players in the NFL and what their fantasy prospects might be.
Troy Smith – Baltimore Last year his tonsils gave the job to Joe Flacco and he’s not getting it back anytime soon. If Flacco struggles or gets injured jump on the waiver wire and snag him. Other than that he’s not worth drafting
Antonio Pittman – St Louis Rams He’s number two behind Steven Jackson and won’t get many carries while Jackson is around. If you draft Jackson in the first round he’s worth picking up as a handcuff but other than that probably not draft worthy.
Chris Wells – Arizona Cardinals This is an interesting one. I had high hopes for his rookie season when I saw he was picked by Arizona, but since then I’ve become more skeptical. He missed OTAs to actually finish his spring classes and then suffered an injury early in camp. Meanwhile Tim Hightower has been putting on quite a preseason performance. What does this mean? I don’t know – could go either way. I would definitely draft him but I wouldn’t count on starting him until we see where the season is going. Still I predict quite a future in the NFL for Beanie.
Joey Galloway – New England Patriots Injured last year, now in New England behind Moss and Welker. Could see some production if he’s healthy, and remember it is Brady throwing the ball
Ted Ginn Jr – Miami Dolphins Lots of upside here. Year three is when lots of receivers blossom in the NFL. I’d draft him as my number 3 receiver. He hasn’t shown he can do it yet but this may be the year.
Anthony Gonzalez – Indianapolis Colts His third year in the league. Marvin Harrison is gone. This guy has sleeper written all over him. I predict 1200 yards and 10+ TDS. Don’t jump too soon – he’ll probably slip into the 4th round but he will be a first round worthy pick this year.
Santonio Holmes – Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl winning catch will make him go earlier in the draft than he probably should. Still he’s a good receiver playing for a championship team. Hines Ward is getting older and Holmes will take over main receiving duties eventually. Is this the year? Maybe but don’t overreach for him.
Michael Jenkins – Atlanta Falcons Defenses will be keyed on Michael Turner running the ball and the Falcons two main aerial threats – Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. This should leave lots of one on one situations for Jenkins. He’s developed into a deep threat and could put up some numbers this year.
Brian Robiskie – Cleveland Browns Last year I went against my better judgment and drafted a Brown. That Brown was Braylon Edwards. I learned my lesson. That being said Robiskie has great hands and runs good routes. Someone has to catch the ball in Cleveland. I wouldn’t be against having him as a backup but I’d be wary of anyone wearing brown and orange this year.
Mike Nugent – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Don’t ever draft a kicker before the last round. And Nugent may not even have the starting job in TB. Stay away.