Despite what the NCAA might say, I see the 2011 season as the season that didn't happen (minus Wisconsin).
Yeah, my now-wife and I were watching it in the lobby of my dorm, and I think I turned it off halfway through the 4th. Walked her up to her dorm with my OSU lawn chair (don't know why I had that). I just remember her saying, "Don't throw it," as she walked up the stairs, so I waited for her to go in the door before I chucked that chair about 15 feet.
Also, yes, that loss to Texas summed up our defense in 2006-08. Close but never good enough. Always falling apart at the most inopportune times.
If Urban didn't win it in 2012 or 2014, he's never going to win it. And I'm alright with that. We'll rack up national titles and the rest of the B1G can fight over best coach not at OSU.
My almost 3 year old loves the Disney version of Tarzan. Recently introduced him to Remember the Titans. I wasn't sure if he would sit through it, but he loved it. Made me excited, because it's one of my favorites.
My first date with Mrs. Cp was the evening of the Illinois game. Needless to say, I did not have a good afternoon. She said that she watched the game with her friends praying they would win so I wouldn't be in a bad mood. Surprisingly, I was able to not be upset about it while we were out. Funny side story - my roommate was good friends with her before we started dating and suggested she give me a chance. She asked "Who?" and he answered, "The guy that dresses like Jim Tressel." Funny enough, that North Carolina girl knew who he was.
Yeah, I mean, for all the talk about us getting blown out again by an SEC team, we were 2 plays away from being a tie ball game. And I'll say the same thing I said yesterday about the FL game, why did we stop feeding Beanie?
Our zone made Leak look like a pro bowler that night.
Just watching some of the first half highlights, I had a few observations. Why did Pittman have so few carries? Averaging over 6 per (including a score) and he only gets 10 touches? Same thing happened against LSU the next year with Beanie. Also, our zone was so soft. I just remember Leak picking us apart all night long.
Or make the 6th field goal. Or catch the TD pass. Or make the tackle for a safety on the kickoff. Or quit flip-flopping quarterbacks. Or...
Me too. I felt like I could have easily run out on to the field and caught it, as long as it hung in the air. Such a gut-punch. Feel bad for Hamby, though. People gave him way too much grief for one play in a game in which any number of plays would have won us the game.
I've said on this site many times that the '05 team was the best in the nation by the end of the season. For whatever reason (partly due to Troy's suspension), it was like Tressel forgot about all the weapons we had and how to call plays for them for 1/2 of the season. He drove the Ferrari like a Taurus, and it cost them a shot at the title. By year's end, they were hitting on all cylinders, and were a complete team.
Agreed. That Iowa loss was awful. I remember the revenge game in '05. It was my last season as a student, and other than Texas, there was no game I wanted to be at more after the way they blew us out. Loved it when Carpenter sacked Tate for about the 6th time and he spiked the ball and got a penalty. We were in their heads that game. Also, as ugly as that game was, it was worth it to get Smith on the field. And man, 2005 should have been our year. I still think by the end of the season we would have beat USC and Texas. Shame it took us half the season to get our offense going.
I could not get mad when we lost to Wisconsin in '03. I felt like it was almost deserved after what Reynolds did to Sorgi. I also believe that we at least get to play for the national championship with Clarett in the backfield that year. Ross was just not even close to being on the same level.
Did that at the end of the Oregon game 2 years ago with my 1 year old. You never know when it will be another 34 years between championships...
Yeah, the fans had been through so much since the '68 title. The drought hung over the town like a huge weight. I remember how each win was like exercising the demons of past seasons. The celebration when we won was unlike anything I have seen since. That weight was something that the 2014 team didn't have on their shoulders, and to me, is the only thing that makes me favor the 2002 team over the 2014 team.
As I have confessed before in our yearly confessionals, this ttun loss did me in for the rest of the 90s. My mom, an OSU alum, had never liked Cooper. By '95, I had been into college football for a good 3 years, and I loved the Bucks, but I definitely shared her sentiment. I vividly remember going to Senior Tackle on Black Friday, and chanting "Ed-die! Ed-die! Ed-die!" with everyone else there. With the heartbreak that happened the next day, though, I was done with Cooper coached Buckeye teams. While I hate that I bailed on the team for 5 seasons as a teenager (cheering for the nerds of Northwestern instead), I also saved myself a lot of heartache. It's weird for me to hear about those late 90s games now. I wasn't invested in them like I have been for the last 15 seasons. Part of me is glad that I didn't have to have my heart ripped out each year, but part of me misses being able to commiserate with everyone who stuck it out. Props to everyone who did. Much to my shame, my 11 year old self couldn't do it.
Agreed. 1995 was the straw that broke 11 year old me's back. I had grown to love the Bucks by that point. After Biakawhateveritis shredded us, I was done with the Bucks until Cooper was gone.