Top Five Ohio State Moments Under Urban Meyer So Far...

Top Five Ohio State Moments Under Urban Meyer So Far...

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Top Five Ohio State Moments Under Urban Meyer So Far...


Urban Meyer has already been in Columbus for six years and created some pretty amazing memories already. Here are the top five moments of the Meyer era at Ohio State so far.


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Top Five Ohio State Moments Under Urban Meyer So Far…

Boy does time fly. It seems like only yesterday that Urban Meyer was standing at the podium at an introductory press conference as the new head coach of Ohio State.

That was 2012, and this is now — six seasons later. What we’ve seen in that time is at least a share of the East Division of the Big Ten every year, a couple of College Playoff appearances, several bowl wins and a national title.

Here are five of the most memorable moments of the Urban Meyer era so far.

 No. 5 – The 12-0 2012 Season

We didn’t know it at the time of the hiring, but Ohio State would be slapped on the wrist with a postseason ban for Meyer’s first year in 2012. That in addition to installing a new system with players not recruited by Meyer should have resulted in a transition year.

In retrospect, the only transition was one from a killer of a program, to a beast of one. In what may have been Meyer’s best achievement in his coaching career, he got a team with slightly above average to buy in, play above their talent grade and finish with an unbeaten season. We still wonder what would have happened had Ohio State been able to face off with Notre Dame for the national title.

No. 4 – The Double OT Win Over Michigan in 2016

It’s been six years since Michigan has been allowed to have nice things, but that was almost interrupted in 2016. That team has been the best team to face the Buckeyes during the Jim Harbaugh era to date, and it had OSU on the ropes early in the second half.

Truth be known, the Maize and Blue had outplayed Ohio State through two and a half quarters and should have likely salted the game away. But the Buckeyes began to wear down the nation’s best defense and began making plays and was able to tie the score late with a FG to send it into OT.

There was of course the controversial fourth down spot (if you are a Michigan fan), but it all ended on the next play with Curtis Samuel running around left end and through the Michigan D to win it 30-27 in double OT.

No. 3 – Penn State Comeback In 2017

The Nittany Lions roared into Columbus as the No. 2 team in the country, and were looking to take the driver’s seat in the race for the Big Ten East and potential berth in the College Football Playoff.

Penn State jumped on Ohio State thanks to penalties and mistakes, and before you knew it, the Buckeyes were in 17 point hole that looked insurmountable.

But aside from the mistakes, Ohio State had controlled the game flow and continued to move the ball at will on the Penn State defense. Then finally, Ohio State stopped making mistakes and instead made big play after big play in a furious fourth-quarter comeback to win 39-38 on a J.T. Barrett pass to tight end Marcus Baugh.

There’s a good chance you still have this game sitting on your DVR to watch when the time calls for it.

No. 2 – National Title Win Over Oregon in 2015

It was a part of the 2014 season that only Hollywood could dream up, but the national title game was actually played on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas against an Oregon team that was on an absolute roll.

Those Ducks seemed unstoppable on offense, just coming off of a thrashing of No. 3 seed Florida State and seemed to be on pace for the same against Ohio State when it went straight down the field to score on its first possession.

But this 2014 team was one for the ages.

The Buckeyes found their mojo on defense, and plenty of big plays on offense to turn the game around and run away with it. Ohio State made Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariotta have a headache of a day and won 42-20 for its first national title since 2003.

No. 1 – Sit Down Alabama

Ohio State demolished Wisconsin in 2014 Big Ten Championship Game to sneak into the first ever College Football Playoff as the No. 4 seed. Behind the prize door stood big bad Alabama  as the No. 1 seed in one of two semifinals.

Nobody gave the Buckeyes a chance, and the Tide looked to be on its way when it raced out to an early lead. Lost in the despair however, was that Ohio State was moving the ball on Alabama, just stalling or turning the ball over when it got into scoring position.

Once the Buckeyes calmed down, it was clear that they were the better team — and in the end — Ezekiel Elliott and company put a temporary stop to the collective Alabama fatigue the nation was dealing with — winning 42-35 to set up the national title coronation against Oregon.

 

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