Hype, Excitement Surrounds Buckeyes for Night Game With Virginia Tech

By Tim Shoemaker on September 4, 2014 at 8:35a
Night Games at the Shoe
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When eighth-ranked Ohio State takes the field Saturday against Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes will run out of a brand new tunnel in front of what likely will be a new Ohio Stadium-record crowd.

It's a primetime showing against the Hokies which will have countless recruits and more than likely feature NBA superstar LeBron James on the sidelines. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday this weekend's matchup with Virginia Tech is "probably the biggest weekend of the year" in terms of recruiting.

"A night game at Ohio Stadium is awesome," Meyer said. "I remember back one day when I was here in 1986 or 1987 when they first started playing them and then last year was magical. We had Penn State and Wisconsin at night and it was one of the greatest environments I've ever experienced."

"I know our fans and our players feel even stronger than I do about it so that came up in our locker room about the night game and we're very appreciative about probably the largest Buckeye crowd to ever watch a game in that stadium."

Meyer has yet to lose a game at Ohio Stadium as head coach of the Buckeyes. In fact, he's yet to lose a regular-season game.

But the Hokies and their stingy defense will no doubt provide Ohio State with a difficult challenge. Meyer and the Buckeyes are hopeful playing at home under the lights will give them an extra boost.

“There’s always added juice at night and if you’ve never been in the stadium at night like some of the young guys and teams rolling into town it’s just a crazy experience," linebacker Joshua Perry said. "They added more seats in the stadium so I’m really excited about that and we’ve got kind of a tunnel to run out of now when we’re coming out of the locker room so that’ll be fun. You just get out there and you see all the fireworks going off and everybody’s hyped up, you gotta go out there and play assignment football still."

Perry was referring the nearly 2,600 added seats to the stadium which will increase the capacity from 102,329 to 104,851. Additionally, Ohio Stadium will feature permanent lights for the first time and the Buckeyes will also have a new tunnel to make their way onto the field.

“We’re very excited. We love playing under the lights, especially for the fans," linebacker Darron Lee said. "This is a primetime game, we’ve got a great team coming in and we’re just ready to go get the job done.”

Prior to Meyer's arrival, there had been just 11 night games played at Ohio Stadium with the first coming in 1985. Meyer has gone 3-0 thus far under the lights at home and the Buckeyes have three games scheduled for nighttime kickoffs this season. In addition to the Hokies, Ohio State will also play Cincinnati and Illinois under the lights.

Virginia Tech presents a difficult challenge for the Buckeyes and for Meyer to remain unbeaten at home and in regular-season games, the added edge from the crowd could play a role.

“There’s nothing like playing here at night, nothing like it," offensive tackle Taylor Decker said. "The city is gonna be packed, it’s gonna be loud and you know, fireworks, lights. It’s just an awesome environment and if you can’t get amped up for that then I don’t know what can excite you for a game."

"It was kind of weird not playing our first game at home, I’ll be honest. I always like traveling, but it was different. I can’t wait to come home, get back to our fans, go on the walk before the game and see everybody and just when we run out on that field it’s gonna explode.”

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OSUpawn's picture

I got chills reading this, I'm ready for this weekend.

Go Bucks

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

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jdagrava.1's picture

Yep... yea I'm with you there.  I wonder if Urbs needs an assistant?  I'm not nearly qualified for any technical position.  But you know, every great rapper needs a Hype Guy, right?  Can I be you Hype Guy, Urbs?!?!

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

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Son of Sevenless's picture

There is nothing better than Ohio Stadium at night.

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CC's picture

I've been to USC, Miami, PSU, and UF at night.  Objectively, none of them compare to a night game at the shoe.

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UpIrons's picture

I really feel like the night games give the team an edge. And let's face it, every bit helps against a stout VT team. I hope we dominate this one because I feel like we need a statement game without anyone being able to say "it was a weak opponent". Go Bucks!

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DaveStephens's picture

They only become weak opponents after​ they lose to the Buckeyes. 

The Dude abides.

THE's picture

Saturday nights all right for...A SHOWDOWN IN THE SHOE!

The night games really produce an electric vibe that can be felt. The whole stadium is just ripe to go ape sh!t when the home team does anything positive. 105k lubed up nuts. 

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OSUBias's picture

105k lubed up nuts

Let's keep it clean for the kids, now.

Shitter's full

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cw823's picture

Irony is your comment + your signature

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THE's picture

Humor. 

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avail31678's picture

I'm well aware of VT's typically tough defense.  They gave Alabama a tough game last year.  But how many starters are returning from last year on their defense (and their offense while we're at it)?  Does anyone know?

My anticipation is that JT and our offense might struggle a bit out of the gates.  But I'm hoping our revamped defense won't allow many points at all from VT and keep us right in the game until our offense does start clicking.  I am predicting a fairly low scoring affair.  24-13 good guys.

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Ben's picture

They are returning five but four others had prominent roles.  VT's weakness is the size of their LB's.  Overall the team is crazy fast.  They should give the O-line trouble more so in the second half.  Foster is a magician in game-planning at halftime.  Most yardage will come up the middle or a broken play with the qb running.  The DB's are some of the best in the country.  Very, very aggressive and like to jump the screen.  Could be a problem for Barrett.  Blitzing will be a major problem too.  Defensive formations and fake blitzing will force Barrett to really have to concentrate.  It's a concern.

The thing that worries me the most is VT's offense.  That Brewer kid (from Texas Tech) is the real deal.  I've seen some video on him.  He doesn't get rattled and nothing seems to make him lose his patience.  He is a good player.  Their two RB's, McKenzie and Williams are two true freshman that can really run hard.  Big kids with speed.  Their pad level is a little high at this point but they should be really good the next three years.  McKenzie is the one to watch as he has it all, including vision.  This is a very different team than VT has had in years.  It reminds me more of a traditional VT team with balance on both sides of the ball but some real playmakers at the skill positions.  This will be one of the more, if not most difficult game of the year.  I don't see OSU winning but...

Ben

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droessl's picture

My kingdom for Dontre to run the opening kickoff back. 

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BuckeyeFanInBoulder's picture

I always get scared when I see a game start with a Ginn...

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Sightlygrain6's picture

I'm super excited about the sky cam presentation. I can't wait to hear the place explode when we hit a big play.

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chirobuck's picture

well I have goosebumps now that will probably stay there until after the game, I'm driving down to tailgate and then going to a bar....anyone got any suggestions for where to watch it?

 
^ best post ever ^

BuckeyeMike74's picture

Chumley's has lots of big screens and great beer on tap. 

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TUNBUCK89's picture

New seats, new tunnel, new Ohio-Stadium crow record, and hopefully a new regular season consecutive wins record for Urban!!! Can't Wait!!!

bucks_4_life's picture

I've never been able to experience a night game in The Shoe. Hopefully that can change soon. I can only imagine what it would feel like to be a player on that field!

The juice is worth the squeeze

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Barnsey69's picture

Must.Do.This.

It is unbelievable.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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Otown Buckeye's picture

Let's just remind Taylor Decker our fireworks come ON the field.  

"because we couldn't go for three"

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NitroBuck's picture

I'm soooooo stoked!!  I can't wait for S-A-TUR-DAY...NIGHT!!!

Ferio.  Tego.

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UrbanRenewal's picture

Never been to a night game at the Shoe nor have I ever watched a night game at the Shoe on tv. This Saturday will be the first, I dunno what to expect. Been to a few noon and 3:30 games in October/November and I thought it was electric so this should be even better 

O-H born & raised

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JSTANBUX25's picture

How in THE WORLD have you never watched an OSU night game on TV with the user name UrbanRenewal!!?

How Firm Thy Friendship...O-HI-O

UrbanRenewal's picture

Been on night shifts for awhile! Always gotta find it on the radio. But I marked off for this Saturday and they gave it to me so I got tickets!

O-H born & raised

braneli's picture

So excited! I can't contain myself. Ahhhh!!!

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself."

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CC's picture

I just can't hide it.

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CTBuckeye's picture

This environment combined with a Buckeye win will undoubtedly result in some more committments in the coming days.

Looking forward to seeing who can't resist the lure of the greatest stadium, greatest fan base, and greatest team in the country!

"Because we couldn't go for three"

jdagrava.1's picture

I'm getting into that mode where, if anyone around me even mentions football, I'm gonna just flip this desk over and start doing up-downs...

"It takes a little something special to be a great player.  What you got in you, we're going to find out.  And if there's a touch of greatness in there, how cool would that be?"

-Urban F. Meyer

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JSTANBUX25's picture

I wish I worked with you.  I would have a very entertaining afternoon!

How Firm Thy Friendship...O-HI-O

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Clinger76's picture

I think I was at the game in 1985...... Was it against Illinois and Keith Byars ran out of his shoe for like 80 yrds? I kinda remember it being at night. I was like 8! That was my first "Shoe" experience!  Can't wait to be there this weekend with my brother!! Epic

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats, But if you take no risks, you will earn no victories."

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Barnsey69's picture

I was there...and it was a complete mind melt. Only game better, in my opinion, was the 1985 Iowa game when they were #1 and we knocked them off. 

Both were epic.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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Bags5150's picture

I was there for both as well.  The "Shoe" game was day against Illinois.  We were down 21-0 and came back.  Iowa was late afternoon into night and it poured down rain the entire time!

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth~Mike Tyson

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CC's picture

The UCLA night game was my first game at the Show (I think).  It was awesome, but USC was the best.

shortbus20's picture

1984     24-0  2nd quarter

Ohio State 45, Illinois 38
 

Setup  --  The week before, coach Earle Bruce’s sixth Ohio State team had fallen from first place in the Big Ten standings and from No. 2 to No. 8 in the polls with a 28-23 loss at Purdue. And the Buckeyes were well on their way to falling out of favor with Ohio Stadium fans when they fell behind Illinois 24-0 in the second quarter. But instead of getting down while it was getting booed, OSU decided to get going — one running back in particular.

Stars   --  Keith Byars wore a scarlet No. 41 jersey, but it’s possible he had a large “S” on an undershirt. The junior running back was simply super for the Buckeyes, rushing for a school-record 274 yards on 39 carries and tying Pete Johnson’s school record with five touchdowns. The bit players included OSU receiver Cris Carter (seven catches, 134 yards) and Illinois quarterback Jack Trudeau (313 passing yards, four TDs). 

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ThermalShock's picture

Ready to flip my desk over and run through a wall!! Jacked up!! Saturday night can't get here fast enough!

Barnsey69's picture

The night game atmosphere at Ohio Stadium is second to none. I cannot attend this one, but have been to several in the past, and consider myself blessed to have done so. With the notable exception of Vince Young (and the Matt Barkley anomaly), I really do think the atmosphere is incredibly intimidating to visiting QB's. I know Brewer isn't a freshman or completely inexperienced, but I do know he has never started in a game like this, and the Bill & Mary show is a poor warm-up for the experience. I also know he is neither Matt Barkley or Vince Young...not even close.

If you're going to the game, get loud, stay loud, and STAND UP the whole fricking time!

GO BUCKS!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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Citrus's picture

Yes! If you're going to the game (like me), you owe it to the team you love to add to the atmosphere and make it tough for the Hokies. I will be standing, but if sitting is your thing-fine, but when VT has the ball make as much noise as you can! This is our best opportunity to help the Buckeyes as fans! First, we can make it difficult for VT to run its offense leading to: burnt time outs, false starts, rattled players, missed assignments, and delay of game penalties. Second, this is a huge recruiting weekend! The louder it is, the better chance we have with these recruits. Thus, you can short term and long term help the Buckeyes.
If you don't like being loud or don't want to make all the noise you can, do us all a favor and give those tickets to someone that will. If you have children going to the game, kids are obnoxious and loud, encourage direct this energy against the Hokies. This way the Buckeyes benefit and your kids will be tired and ready for bed when they get home.

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Buckeye06's picture

Now to be fair, Vince Young did say this about the 'Shoe

"Ohio State, man, Ohio State was the loudest place I’ve ever played. The Rose Bowl is wider and more open, but Ohio State is more closed in and everyone is so loud and on top of you. You could hear all the little things people said about you. Man, that was the toughest place I’ve ever played.”

He came in and beat one of our best teams in recent memory, so props to him.  But the Shoe is a place people don't just walk out of with a win at night, or really any time

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Barnsey69's picture

Yes, I remember him saying that, and he played in a lot of stadiums against many great teams.

The sound is deafening, you can hear the crowd from miles away.

It is a most decided advantage for our team.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

Barnsey69's picture

Also, I found that if you buy a drink in one of the cardboard/paper cups, mix in your choice of smuggled hooch, consume beverage, then remove the bottom of the cup. Viola, instant megaphone. It seriously amplifies your voice. A lady asked me to stop using it one time...I gave her the Wayne Brady Choke-A-Bitch sleeper hold, and continued my vocal assault. Point being, that cup was loud enough in an already very loud stadium to annoy the unseasoned lamo fan in the adjacent seat.

I also felt a little bit like MacGyver, so that was cool too.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes!

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BucksLoverInPGH's picture

Your whole comment just made my day.  Hilarious!!

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BuckeyeJAK's picture

So excited to get there and take it all in , taking Friday off to get a jump start.

Mark May is a mental midget

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Tampabuckeye85's picture

I know it wasn't really effective the Times it was used but I'd like to see the diamond formation pop out. Just think about it. Dontre and Devin outside, Eze in the back field with Jalin and Curtis lined up to each side of JT. That seems like a pretty scary set up considering everyone of them could take it to the house.

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bucks4nuts's picture

email Tom.. That would be great.

"To The House"

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d5k's picture

We showed some double H back sets with no backs and a lot of RB+H sets with both in backfield.  Usually with 3 backs one of them is going to block...

In other words, Jeff Heuerman is no slouch.

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stonybull's picture

Oh what heights we'll hit... on with the show this is it!!!!!!

What a long strange trip it's been

Tampabuckeye85's picture

Its just me but I would do 1 back yard play with that set up. Fake the hand off to Curtis to the left and pitch to Jalin to the right he then has the option to keep, pitch to Eze or hit Devin or Dontre down field. Too many people to cover and I'm not sure they could stop it.

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tampabuckeye20's picture

Hey Guys. Long time reader, first time poster. I am originally from Dublin, Ohio but moved to Florida when I was younger.  I am flying up tonight from Tampa with one of my buddies for the game. Sadly he is an Auburn fan as that is where he went to school. We agreed to check out eachothers favorite teams stadiums/towns to see what both were all about, and unfortunately we went to the Auburn vs Georgia game last year and I believe we all know how that one ended. I am determined to show him that it isn't just in the south where folks get down.  I was wondering if anyone could provide us with any campus bars or good spots to hit for some cocktails and beers for thursday and friday, and then if there was any good tailgaiting spots or bars to hit before the game saturday. Any feedback is much appreciated and thank you in advance for any help.

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JSTANBUX25's picture

Eddie George's Grille for Thurs/Fri then Varsity Club for pregame...both on campus.

How Firm Thy Friendship...O-HI-O

tampabuckeye20's picture

And now I just realized I need to change my user name haha sorry Tampabuckeye85

73buckeye's picture

I can't wait!!! Big screen is tuned, beer is cold, and couch is warmed up, ready for 3+ hours of comfy sittin.  

ernie

buckeyeradar's picture

The boys are back in town!

Buckeye in Texas

Bleeding-Scarlet-Grey's picture

Someone better text BRUTUS I'm already standing!

Without lies there would be no truth!

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BoFuquel's picture

It's a gray day. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

TURD_BUCKET's picture

I hope OSU continues to schedule night games every year. Better TV ratings, better exposure, helps recruiting, fans love it, and I'm sure the players get a charge out of it also! The 'Shoe has permanent lighting now so bring on 3-4 night games each year!  GO BUCKS!

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

steveoz49's picture

Coach Meyer has yet to lose a regular season game as the Head Coach of the Buckeyes.... and he's NOT about to start now!

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

I'm certainly amped up for the game and can't wait. I have yet to experience a 2009 USC "loud" game but I've got the feeling that it would take a top 10 team coming into the Shoe playing us at night to get the crowd that amped up. That....or a top tier SEC team. Then Urban would be really surprised how rockin' the Show can get.

Hitman61's picture

I took my son (age 19) to the OSU vs Wisky game last year, his first OSU game. It was rocking the entire game. He thinks this is typical of EVERY game. I'm sure all will be amped up on Saturday night. Expectedly to a lesser extent vs K. St. GO BUCKS!

LebBuckeye

BuckeyeCollector's picture

Wish I could be there. I will be at the Kent State game which will be fun but the atmosphere wont be quite the same as at night in prime time.

"I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever." -Braxton Miller

TJ1's picture

New tunnel is just awesome. Love the frontage sign and the Buckeye Leaf and Block O underneath.  Can't wait for Saturday night!