One. One more day. Tomorrow is the 2013 kickoff.
As we get ready for an amazing season, let’s also celebrate number 1 via an epic come from behind victory over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium on November 10th, 1990, 27-26. Game narrative from Joe-S-U at The Buckeye 50-Yard Line.
Ohio State QB Greg Frey entered the game ranked #1 in Big Ten passing efficiency. The Iowa defense, led by nose tackle Bret Bielema would have none of it. Through 59 minutes of game time, Frey was 10-31, 175 yards, 3 TD’s, 1 INT. Not particularly good numbers.
Below is Joe’s narrative, which matches up with the sequence in the game highlight video.
The Buckeyes jumped offsides to spot Hujsak five yards, but he hit a low kick that Jeff Graham fair caught at the Hawkeye 48. Ohio State had no timeouts and 59 seconds to navigate the 48 yards, and on first down Frey rolled to his right to evade the blitz and fired over the middle to Olive for a huge 23-yard pickup. Frey then found Jeff Graham for 7, but in the middle of the field, and by the time OSU lined up again the clock had ticked to 24 seconds. A short throw to Scottie Graham was incomplete and the clock stopped at 18 seconds. With great protection on the next snap, Frey threw down the middle to Jeff Graham, who turned and lunged to the Iowa 3 with 13 ticks on the clock. The Bucks hurried to the line and with the entire Buckeye sideline signaling for Frey to spike the ball, Greg threw a corner route towards Jeff Graham that was incomplete. Fortunately, the clock stopped but only 7 seconds remained and what’s worse is that Graham had his man beaten and could’ve scored had Frey’s pass not sailed out of bounds.
Frey sent Bobby Olive wide right and had Jeff Graham in the right slot. In almost a mirror image of the play that beat Minnesota a year earlier in the record comeback, Graham broke towards the corner, but this time Frey locked in on Olive. The pass was high but Olive made a leaping grab and landed just inside the endline for the touchdown. One second remained on the Kinnick Stadium clock and Ohio State led for the first time all day at 27-26 as bedlam broke out on the Buckeye sideline. A dead ball unsportsmanlike flag was thrown, but who really cared? To prevent any runback of a blocked extra point kick, Frey took a knee on the two-point conversion.
Iowa’s return of the ensuing squib kickoff produced 3 forward laterals and the final second burned off, giving Ohio State a dramatic upset and earning John Cooper his 100th career collegiate win.
As always, Vico delivers:
We have just 8 days to go, and for Day #8, I’d like to introduce a friend of mine.
Bobby Olive was a walk-on at The Ohio State University in 1988, and he quickly got a major role as a wide receiver under new head coach John Cooper. And it wasn’t too long before Ohio State fans quickly adopted him as their new hero.
In Week 3 of his freshman season, LSU came to Columbus with a 14-game on-the-road winning streak. The game was a battle through most of the first 3.5 quarters, but a lucky deflection gave LSU a 56-yard TD and a 33-20 lead with just under 4:30 to play in the game. Tiger fans began to celebrate their victory.
But the LSU fans didn’t see the freight train coming. Ohio State marched down the field and scored with 2 minutes left to make it 33-27. It was then the defense’s turn to rise up, and they did their job. They shut down two runs (followed by quick timeouts) and on 3rd and long, LSU threw incomplete. On 4th down, the Tigers chose to retreat and take the safety, making it 33-29.
On the ensuing free kick, Olive took the ball at his own 32 and began racing up the middle. At midfield, he made an amazing cut to his left and dodged three defenders before flying out of bounds at LSU’s 39. Ohio Stadium was on fire with excitement!
Just a few plays later….well, why not watch it for yourself? Courtesy of Our Honor Defend…..
The Buckeyes scored 16 points in under a minute and a half and they beat LSU 36-33.
But Olive wasn’t done with his heroics…..
Two years later, Ohio State was in Iowa City taking on the undefeated Iowa Hawkeyes. Iowa had visions of a Big Ten Championship and a National Championship (and they had the talent for both).
However, Iowa simply couldn’t put the Buckeyes away that day, and they barely led 26-21 with just over a minute to play. QB Greg Frey (who was 10 of 31 before the final drive) took the Bucks down the field and brought them to the doorstep. Then Olive did his thing one more time.
Again, courtesy of Our Honor Defend….
Olive went on the NFL and played for the Cleveland Browns before retiring after 5 seasons.
But we remember him fondly as a Buckeye, and today we honor him. Thanks, Bobby!
8 days left!!!
Bobby Olive was a wide receiver for the Buckeyes from 1988-1991. Freshman year, he got his shot after making the team as a walk-on (he was recruited by Earle Bruce, then had to fight for his spot under John Cooper). Made two HUGE catches for OSU….caught the game-winning TD against LSU in 1988 when we were down 13 points with 2 minutes to play, and caught the game-winning TD at Iowa with one second left on the clock in 1991.
He spent 5 years in the NFL and now is the head coach of the Canton Legends, an arena football team in Canton, Ohio.
Yesterday, I got the chance to talk to him about this year’s Buckeyes and what he sees in the near future.
His comments about Michigan State were pure Scarlet and Gray. He doesn’t see a snowball’s chance in hell for the Spartans, and when I asked about the historical factor of 1998, he scoffed. He blamed that entire defeat on John Cooper. Cooper called off the dogs and relaxed, and it cost the Buckeyes a National Championship that day.
“No way will Tressel ever let that happen to one of his teams,” were his exact words. He also made it clear to me that Cooper didn’t understand the Big Ten and he certainly didn’t understand Michigan.
Now, we all know that as fans of the Buckeyes….but isn’t it comforting to know that the players know it too???