In today’s episode of the tBBC’s Countdown to Kickoff series, we come to #74 a more recent game. The feature game is the November 3rd, 2012 smoking of Illinois, 52-22.
After a tight 1st quarter (7-6, OSU) the Buckeyes effectively put this game away in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Illini 24-0. Drew Basil kicked off the big quarter with a 31-yard field goal, then worked on extra points as Carlos Hyde (2 TD) and Rod Smith (1 TD) did the heavy lifting in that quarter.
For your viewing pleasure.
In today’s episode of tBBC’s Countdown to Kickoff series, we are at #75; another Minnesota Golden Gopher appearance on the countdown list.
On October 27th, 1990 OSU rolled the Gophers, 52-23. It may seem that I’m picking on the Gophers, but I’m not. It’s just that they are “Minnesota Nice”, so they are well represented on our list.
Buckeye quarterback Greg Frey energized the offense with 257 yards passing and 3 TD’s.
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.
We are at #77 in today’s episode of the tBBC’s Countdown to Kickoff series, that means Rice was on the short end of OSU’s 1996 season opener, 70-7.
The Buckeyes had to replace Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, QB Bobby Hoying, TE Rickey Dudley and WR Terry Glenn. They did so, in a manner, with Pepe Pearson (119yds, 3TD’s/Michael Wiley (3TD‘s), John Lumpkin (1TD) and David Boston (1TD). Oh, and backup QG Joe Germaine threw 3TD passes.
Ohio State out-gained Rice 632-218 in total yards, so we’d be remiss to not mention the defense’s impact on that game as well.
In today’s episode of the tBBC’s Countdown to Kickoff series, we are at #78, which features the Buckeyes in their never-say-die comeback win over Minnesota on October 28, 1989, 41-37.
Coach Cooper’s Buckeyes were down 31-0 with 4:29 remaining in 1st half before getting on the board to trail 31-8 at the half. OSU rode the late 1st half momentum in the 2nd half, scoring the winning touchdown with less than a minute to play. They tied the record for largest deficit overcome for this win. And managed to commit 6 turnovers during the game.
In today’s episode of the tBBC’s Countdown to Kickoff series, we are at #79, which can only mean the point total of the November 4th, 1989 beat-down that Ohio State put on Northwestern, 52-27.
Coach Cooper had the running game going in Evanston, with three Buckeyes hitting 100 yards. They were Dante Lee (157 yds, 3 TD’s), Scottie Graham (102, 1) and Carlos Snow (100, 1).
Our friend Vico talked about this matchup over at OHD (even had video of it before it got taken down), and points out a couple of other tidbits-
Northwestern has always been an interesting matchup for Ohio State; from the “doormat” status they held early on, through the Gary Barnett successes and the 2004 upset of Coach Tressel’s team, to the great things that Pat Fitzgerald is doing now. I’m among many who believe that the game in Evanston may be one of OSU’s toughest this coming season… although I’d prefer to relive the 1989 events.
Nope, not that one…
With kickoff of the 120th season of Buckeye football mere hours away, it’s time to celebrate being on top.
As St. Woody once said, “Without winners, there’d be no civilization.”
And he should know. At the end of the season, The Ohio State University left the field as the number one team in the land seven times, five of them under Coach Hayes’ watch.
The other two championships came under Coach Paul Brown (1942) and Coach Jim Tressel (2002), the last of which was the culmination of a 14-0 season.
Tomorrow, as we sit back to watch the scarlet and gray begin yet another quest, let’s enjoy the moment as much as the monument they are striving for.
Polls, BCS systems, Congress, television networks, and others may have opinions on who the number one team in the land is, but for the young men who strap on their helmets, it’s only important to be the best one play at a time.
The rest will work itself out.
.Oh, OK- Here’s a video of #1 Boom Herron against MACh1gAAn…
Two days before kickoff. 48 hours. Are you ready?
In keeping with the tradition of our countdown format, we bring you a player who has worn #2 for the Buckeyes. But Jeebus, who to pick???? Oh, the hell with it…..let’s just do a series of our #2 legends!
Our final honoree of the day, the legend himself, Cris Carter!
There is nothing more that can ever be said about Carter. He was a legend while in a Buckeye uniform, and he stayed that way throughout his NFL career. We thank him for all the amazing catches, and we honor him to this day all over Buckeye Nation.
And if you ask Vico over at Our Honor Defend, he’ll show you a picture of me on ABC from the 1987 Ohio State-Michigan game, which shows me going nuts in Ann Arbor wearing a Cris Carter jersey.
But this year, we’ll be thanking the entire Carter family for being loyal to Columbus. Carter’s son, Duron is a freshman WR on the team. We all can’t wait to see those magic Carter hands in action again.
One additional note – Carter is on the short list for the NFL Hall Of Fame next year. If he makes it, The BBC will be hosting a party in Canton Ohio for all Buckeye fans! We promise!
Thank you, Carter family!
2 days to go!!!!