I was privileged to be in the stadium for this game. The feeling in the Stadium after the pass interefernece call to extend our tying drive reminded me of the flag in the Fiesta Bowl in '03.
I was completely blown away at how our team rallied to win behind the heroic play of Kenny Guiton and the response of the remaining fans to support the team. The absolute euphoria after both the tying score and the winning score in overtime was beyond description.
Staying after to watch the Buckeyes dance to 'Buckeye Swag' and then sing Carmen with my mom was truly special. I don't know if I've ever belted Carmen with such gusto.
Granted, there are a lot of weaknesses on the team. We all know this. It is endlessly hashed out on these forums week in and week out. But there is definitely something special about a team that can win IN SPITE of its weaknesses. These wins, to me, are the sweetest. We are 8-0 and I believe that we can be 12-0.
A victory in adversity is a meaningful victory in my book. I have very few memories of the regular season in '06, where we slaughtered most of our opponents. However, there are many special memories for me from '02. I will never forget the winning fourth down pass from Krenzel to win versus Purdue. I will never forget the end of the Cincinatti game. And I will NEVER forget each and every play which lead to our victory in Tempe.
Say what you will about Fickell or any of the players on the defense, this team know how to come together when it counts. I have faith that these coaches can lead the team to great things. When push came to shove tonight, our defense stepped up and stopped Purdue when it counted and did it convincingly.
My point is that greatness is born from the crucible, and I believe that we will see awesome things from this team in the future. It was my pleasure to be in the crucibile with them this afternoon and wouldn't trade it for the world!
"Time and change will surely show how firm thy friendship, O - HI - O!"