Buckeye Battle Cry: What Ohio State Football Win Meant The Most To You?

Buckeye Battle Cry: What Ohio State Football Win Meant The Most To You?

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Buckeye Battle Cry: What Ohio State Football Win Meant The Most To You?


Here at Buckeye Wire, we agree on a lot of things, but just like family, we’re not immune to some mudslinging. Each week we bring you our Buckeye Battle Cry roundtables where each writer throws in his opinion on a topic. We’re going back to football and discussing what historical OSU win meant the most.


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Buckeye Battle Cry: What Ohio State Football Win Meant The Most To You?

Contact/Follow Phil Harrison

Wow, there have been a lot of them, but I guess I’ll start with the years in which I’ve been alive to see a national championship. That trims it down to 2002 and 2014 — but for me — I’ll stay with a win that technically occurred in January of 2003, with a sweater-vest wearing coach prowling the sidelines.

Yep, I’m talking about the win over Miami in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl that gave Ohio State its first national championship since 1968.

It was special first and foremost because it was the first national championship I got to witness despite so many oh, so close moments (1980 Earl Bruce and any of about half a dozen John Cooper teams come to mind).

Then, there was the fact that the ‘Canes were supposed to be unbeatable with the matchup with the “slow” Big Ten champion game a mere formality towards them stamping their place as perhaps the greatest college team of all time.

As if …

The game had drama, monumental plays that will live on forever in Buckeye lore, and of course controversy with the pass-interference to extend the game into double OT.

At the end of the day, Ohio State walked away with an unexpected and exhilarating victory over a whale of a team. And it marked the re-arrival of what we see Ohio State doing these days.

Contact/Follow Mark Russell

Definitely one of my favorite memories Phil! I’ll even pop in my commemorative 2002 Championship DVD every now and again just to relive it. But I’m going to go back a year earlier.

When Jim Tressel was hired, he promised that we would be “…proud of our young people, in the classroom, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the football field.”

The Vest held true to his promise as Ohio State jumped out to a 23-0 lead by halftime. I still remember watching The Game in my living room, alone and nearly jumping through the roof watching running back Jonathan Wells rumble for big play after big play.

The final score was closer than it needed to be, but OSU would hold on to knock of the No. 11 Wolverines 26-20, and Tressel kept his word and indeed made us proud.

Why this game? Well, I believe this was the game that put Ohio State in the drivers seat in the biggest rivalry in sports and set them up for dominance over the last decade and a half.

Contact/Follow Terry Johnson

I’ll go a little different direction. For those of you that don’t know, I live in the South. That’s why the most satisfying win for me was Ohio State’s victory over Alabama in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

From the moment I posted my column explaining how the Buckeyes’ 59-0 win over Wisconsin guaranteed them a spot in the field, all people wanted to tell me was that Ohio State had absolutely no chance. In fact, most readers that disagreed with the Buckeyes getting in over TCU and Baylor concluded our discussion by saying, “It doesn’t matter, Alabama will beat them all”.

Midway through the second quarter, I thought they were right. However, Ohio State went on a 28-0 run to take a 13-point lead in the third quarter. While Alabama rallied to cut the deficit to six, Ezekiel Elliot ripped an 85-yard run, which put the final nail in the Crimson Tide’s coffin.

This victory meant a lot to me for a couple of reasons. First, it destroyed the “SEC is the best conference in college football” narrative that many in the media kept repeating year in and year out (and some still do).

More importantly, it was a great story about perseverance. When the team lost Braxton Miller in preseason camp, it didn’t panic. After losing to Virginia Tech, it continued to work hard and get better every week. And, when it lost JT Barrett due to injury, it responded by defeating Wisconsin and Alabama – a team many thought was the most talented team in the country.

It’s hard to find a more meaningful win than that one. Whenever my kids think that they’re outmatched in sports, I’ll remind them of this story.

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