Managing Editor Terry Johnson reacts to Ohio State’s come-from-behind victory against TCU.
The Ohio State Buckeyes rallied to defeat TCU 40-28, proving that they’re a national championship contender.
Let’s be honest: it looked like OSU was going to lose this game in the third quarter. After all, TCU had a 21-13 lead, and its defense looked like it was taking control of the contest. To make matters worse, star defensive end Nick Bosa went down with a “lower abdominal” injury. With both of those factors working against the Buckeyes, everyone – from the TV commentators to the fans in the Twitterverse – began to ask, “how will Ohio State respond to this adversity?”
The answer to that question: with the swagger of a champion. Rather than hang their heads after falling behind, the Buckeyes responded quickly. Parris Campbell took a quick pass from Dwayne Haskins for a 66-yard touchdown. On the following possession, Dre’Mont Jones intercepted a shovel pass for a pick six, putting the OSU back in front for the first time since the second quarter.
After that, the Buckeye special teams got into the act, blocking a punt to set up another touchdown. While TCU answered with a TD of its own, Haskins marched the Buckeyes 75 yards in eight plays to take another double-digit lead.
With the victory, Ohio State proved that it’s one of – if not the – best teams in the land. It went on the road (this was not a “neutral” site, Arlington is approximately 15 miles from TCU’s campus) and defeated a top 15 team. More impressively, it managed to do so even when things weren’t going right, and the team didn’t look like it was going to catch a break.
That, my friends, is the difference between a good team and a championship squad. The true measure of great team is how it responds to adversity. Usually, a couple of bad breaks are enough to derail a good team. However, a championship squad overcomes any type of misfortune, and finds a way to win.
Ohio State proved on Saturday night that it can win in any environment and given any set of circumstances – even against a top 15 opponent.
If that doesn’t sound like championship caliber squad, I don’t know what does.