against Michigan in 2000. John Cooper's last game at The Horseshoe. I was 12 and wearing a huge cast after breaking my wrist at a Vans skatepark. I bought my first OSU hat at the Schott that day on the walk from our parking spot in the west campus lot. The stadium renovation was half complete. The old pressbox was still there and only the east end of C-Deck was expanded. Freezing cold day, especially since I was coming up from DC and was not used to that kind of chill in November. I was kept warm by my grandpa's long john's and an Ohio State scarf that my grandmother let me wear. We sat in section 12c and the wind was howling.
The Bucks stormed out to an early lead before falling behind on a big screen pass to Anthony Thomas and a bomb from Drew Henson. Bellisari had some bad turnovers, and I remember the home crowd could always sense when he was about to throw an interception. Michigan bolted ahead to a huge lead before the Bucks cut the game to one possession in the fourth quarter. There were two 4th and 1 possessions for the Bucks; on the opening drive and on their second to last possession while the game was still in reach. They gave it to Jonathan Wells the first time and he pounded into the endzone. They ran the exact same play on the other fourth down and Larry Foote stuffed Wells and sealed the game for the Wolverines.
OSU entered that game 8-2 with an outside chance of winning the B1G. But everybody who walked out of the stadium that day knew that Cooper was finished.
I had always been a big OSU fan on account that my dad was an Alum and that his whole family was from Ohio. And even though they lost that day I knew, right then and there, that this was the place where I wanted to go after high school.