Chase Complete: Best Half Ever

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SilverBullets4Life's picture

Agreed, best word to sum it up. That 39 yard touchdown pass to open the game was one of the most amazing things I will ever see with my own eyes. 

MACTE VIRTUTE

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chompchomp's picture

And I will never forget that look on Cardale's face.  Easy to say in retrospect, but that's when I knew it was on.

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tracyre's picture

Said same thig to the hubs.

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BluntedBrutus's picture

I predicted that they would take a long shot and catch Wisconsin off guard due to their thinking that there was no way that Urban would allow King Dolodale to go for a bomb first drive...never felt better being right :)

"Conversely, Urban Meyer and his players are an unstoppable army of football automatons that feel no emotion and win in any and every setting."

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timhbomb's picture

Bucks were what +4 going into that game right?  LOL

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Seattle Linga's picture

Shows how little faith Vegas and others had in Urban and Crew.

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BrutusB's picture

Take it easy on the persecution complex.  We were starting a third string qb with next to no experience.  Making us underdogs was perfectly reasonable at the time.

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Breakawayspeed's picture

Concur.  The only point of reference we had on Cardale was the Spring Game in which both he and JT could not hit a receiver in the ass with a base fiddle.  I was afraid it wasn't going to end well.  What an amazing turn of events!  In my defense, I can only echo what Urban said at his press conference...."Didn't see that coming."... 

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Squirrel Master's picture

actually, the way I remember the spring game, neither JT or Cardale had much of a chance to read the defense and make the play. Both offensive lines were pieces of what inexperience talent was available (I think there was 1 player with starting experience on each line). The spring game was a story of a defensive line having its way with the Oline.

but it is true that neither JT or Cardale were playing great too! I just remember JT running for his life everytime he dropped back for a pass because of Rashad Frasier. Goes to show how much a good Oline really does help a QB look better.

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NewPhilaFan's picture

In retrospect, it seems unreal that the Buckeyes were underdogs.  I didn't really feel that way but that is what the country felt based upon the spread in Vegas.  They were waiting all season to see the team that played VT reappear - BUT THEY DIDN'T.

This team did enough to win every game even the close ones.  However some of the close victories were not really that close.

Against Wisconsin, they put it all together and avoided the turnovers.  If not for the turnovers against the Tide, I believe that the first half against Bama would be the game we are talking about.  Saban said as much himself during the halftime interview.  He then repeated it after the game.

Let's Go Bucks

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bigbill992001's picture

And not just the TOs.   They made TONS of mistakes on offense and defense.   Be it Bosa's untimely penalties, blown coverage, missed fumble recoveries, big plays left and right, dropped passes, missed wide open receivers, JM's extremely poor decisions on punts.....etc.   And still they won.   Truly incredible.   GO BUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

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Mute's picture

Saban's post-game interview was great. Even when they were up 21-6 he knew they were still in a world of trouble

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Seattle Linga's picture

Nice read Ramzy - I have to believe after watching 12 Gauge's facial expression when they scored their first TD I think he knew this was going to be a great Buckeye football game.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture
Was Evan Spencer mocking the Sparty no fly zone right before the 12 Gauge Shuffle?
 
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Seattle Linga's picture

oooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh didn't notice that before brother - I'm thinking either YES or we are only Taking Off and the flight is gonna be a lot of fun!

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ohiobobg's picture

"12 Gauge Shuffle" - great name for it. I doubt He'll ever do that again!!!!

"you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning"

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Seattle Linga's picture

 I doubt He'll ever do that again!!!!

What... have another half like that or the 12 Gauge Shuffle BTW - I agree with your name for it.

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ohiobobg's picture

That goofy-ass walk off. My wife said that's something I'd do.

"you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning"

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ChicagoBuckeye10's picture

Nah that's definitely the "Zone 6" thing that he and the other WR's do.

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Oyster's picture

Made a coach quit too!  Don't forget about that.

"Those two, they're ruining this war, for all of us!"  MAJ Houlihan, when she was whining about Hawkeye and Trapper because they were simply having fun.

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CALPOPPY's picture

Nope. That was all part of the conspiracy. Barry Alvarez told Gary Andersen to have the team lay down for the Bucks so that the conference could look better. GA was willing to do this because he is friends with Urban Meyer. Then Alvarez could get the Buckeyes into the playoffs due to his spot on the selection committee. GA didn't quit. It was all part of the master plan. This was all set up when Bert first left Wisconsin.

Some other words I left out of my conspiracy theory: the Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Kock Brothers, Chemtrails, 9-11, Global Warming, New World Order

Memento mori

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Oyster's picture

STOP CLOUDING MY JOKE WITH FACTS, (((POPPY)))!

"Those two, they're ruining this war, for all of us!"  MAJ Houlihan, when she was whining about Hawkeye and Trapper because they were simply having fun.

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osu78's picture

You Forgot PSU...JoePA..Refs stole the game...

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headina's picture

Don't forget false flag!!1!!1!!1!1!111!! :italics:

GO BUCKS

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Springslips's picture

You forgot about FEMA camps, reptilians, HARRP, and chemtrails. 

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Magic Conch Shell's picture

Pictured how Wisconsin fans felt during that championship game 

http://askmagicconch.com/#/ask Student at The Ohio State University

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Seattle Linga's picture

That GIF never ever gets old

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Knarcisi's picture

It truly doesn't. I always watch the kid with the blue and gold windbreaker on laughing his ass off. 

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Seattle Linga's picture

Never noticed that before - looks like he might be a UM fan

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Jcam3588's picture

While this up there for me personally given I was able to witness it, 36-0 in 68 against scUM, has to get the nod for numerous reasons, it may be the most iconic & impactful win of the greatest rivalry in CFB, on top of that 36-0 against the #4 TTUN automatically outweighs anything against any other team! Hahaha!

"Because I couldn't go for three."

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Stinson's picture

When I think about dominant first halves, I think Wisconsin 2014, Purdue 2010,  Florida A&M 2013, and this:

http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/092196aaa.html

(Cc: Mark May)

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bucknasty's picture

Chills. Thanks, Ramzy. Is it Labor Day yet????

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Hovenaut's picture

Somebody get this to Art Briles, stat.

No hard feelings, coach.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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CC's picture

Good point about being forgotten.  I've watched the Alabama game 4+ times and the Oregon game at least 3 times but haven't watched the most dominant game at all.

I almost can't come up with a better stretch of 4 games - Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon - you just can't draw it up any better.

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cplunk's picture

For this whole game I fluttered back and forth between bewildered exuberance and unrestrained glee. At one point I ran out on my balcony, threw my arms in the air and screamed "F' yeah!" to absolutely nobody, except possible one of my elderly neighbors walking their dog a block or two away. And I'm 43 years old. 

In one three game stretch that started here against Wisconsin, drove a stake into the SEC's heart and snobbishly pummeled college football's nouveau rich, I watched Cardale Jones, Zeke, and the rest this great team reach gently over my head and remove the 9,000 pound slow-B1G great SEC necklace I've had to wear for 8 years.

I have no idea if this was the greatest quarter in Ohio State history- it is a hell of a history- but I can say without doubt I've never had more fun and at the same time felt more relief in all my years of college football watching. Every thing that has pummeled my football soul for the better part of the last decade- the Ohio State can't compete in big games meme, the B1G is slow meme, the SEC is the NFL-lite- was taken out of the picture.

As a fan, I may never another more fun stretch of games.

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Buckskickbutt's picture

There were years where I didn't even think it was POSSIBLE to blowout a decent opponent

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BFGA's picture

This was not a fluke. This was an ambush.

Great line... I was so worried going into the game with a relatively unknown QB and coming off a less than stellar defensive performance against TTUN that I didn't even stop to think "wait... Wisconsin has no idea how good he is either"

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IGotAWoody's picture

I remember, during the week leading up to the B1G Championship game, hearing Gary Anderson talk about his son, who's a linebacker for Wisconsin, coming up to him and saying something like, "Dad, you need to see the highlights from Cardale's senior year of high school. This guy has got a rocket for an arm." My, how right that linebacker was.

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OHBoy74's picture

On the ride home from Indy that night, I tried to comprehend the level of dominance the Bucks showed that night against a good opponent (ranked 13, with a Heisman candidate).  Nothing came to mind.  I have never seen anything like it and I don't know if I ever will. Total domination in every phase of the game.  An annihilation.  I remain in awe.

Had they handled the ball a little better against Oregon, the national championship game might have had a similar feel.   Instead the NC was just a dominating performance instead of a complete destruction of another team.

Haters gonna hate and Bert is gonna Bert.

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gunni070's picture

I'm right there with you OHBoy,  That ride home from the game was like floating on a cloud.

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Turning the ball over four (4) times and STILL beating your opponent by 22 points in a national title game is unheard of. It's ridiculous actually. By all football rights, the team that turns the ball over that many times will usually lose. Incredible.

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

The most fun (and relaxed) I have ever had watching a Buckeye football game.

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nburns18's picture

Fantastic as usual. "They went for three and they got it." Woody would be pleased. 

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

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Buckeyeball043's picture

I wish the night of Dec. 6th was repeatable.  Damn, that was awesome.

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UncleWilly14's picture

Through all of the success and glory, am I the only one that wonders what players that transfered from OSU in the past 3 years were thinking? Guys like Mike Mitchell (younger brother still coming) and Savon Pitman for some reason come to mind.... What about Noah Spence? Circumstances were different, but you gotta wonder what was going through his mind... Wouldn't mind reading a "where are they now."

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BuckGnome's picture

Add a Jamal Marcus in there too ....

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buckeye phi's picture

I watched that game with a group of fellow Buckeyes (which here in Florida is not always a foregone conclusion).  At a certain point early in the game, I remember looking around the room and noticing the silence and the looks of utter disbelief..  It was the good kind of disbelief, of course, but even the most 'homer-ish' among us hadn't expected that.

Coming off such a remarkable championship run, I can't wait to for next season to begin.  The spring game will probably be pretty interesting, in it's own right -

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Collier against Cardale. It will be interesting.

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DS117's picture

Great game, of course, but didn't Melvin Gordon "guarantee" that Wussconsin would win the game if they played again?  Also, one of the offensive players for Oregon, when it was brought up that OSU held them to 6 points in three trips to the red zone said that "Any other day, we'd have had 21".  Obviously there is a lot of delusion going around.  Just good old butt-kickin' went on.

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Nashville's picture

Yep. I don't much care for that. When you get your ass handed to you, own it. Acknowledge and appreciate the winner's performance. None of this passive aggressive bs. 

"You can never pay back, but you can always pay forward."

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osu78's picture

To which my coach would have said "but you didn't when it counted..."

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UncleWilly14's picture

To Gordon's comments, the poor kid was delusional... I could see if OSU pulled it out in late and won by ten, but that makes no sense... I don't think any team in the country could have beat Ohio State that night... Just my opinion.  

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Got to see this masterpiece painted in person with my son (at only $60 per ticket when you plan ahead a bit). I told him afterwards that he just saw one of the best ever performances by an Ohio State football team in a big time game. And you are so right - we really didn't have time to marinate in it as we made it back home the next morning just in time for the selection committee to announce the Bucks were in (another "victory" to savor!)

We were literally worn out by half time from all the cheering at Lucas Oil. Literally. Poor Bucky fans next to us had literally nothing to cheer about. Literally. They left slunk out at the half.

Kinda sensed something special was afoot after Cardale threw that first TD pass and he did that subtle little dance in your gif above. Great write up and theme as usual, RN.

*forgot to mention that it was extra special because it was against Wisconsin, and not Nebraska or Iowa, or whoever else is in that division. Not a fluke indeed - those pesky Badgers regrouped, sans coach, and went on to beat Auburn.

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RK84's picture

I think  i was in a zombue state the whole game, looking at my wife continually saying "is this really hapenning" and "are you serious?"

It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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flippin_nuts's picture

That 2001 edition of The Game was the Tresseliest of all time.

I love the word Tresseliest.

In 1968, Woody went for two because he couldn't go for three. These Buckeyes would make him envious: Three title games, three Heisman finalists, three memorable victories. They went for three and they got it. 

Poetry, man.  Nice. 

...and Michigan still sucks.

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mugbucket's picture

+1 for Tresseliest. 

I'm stealing that one bro.

Despite the high cost of living, it still remains popular.

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SpielmanForPres's picture

The game was fixed. It's so obvious.

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flippin_nuts's picture

I loved seeing Cardale Jones after that first touchdown pass.  I distinctly remember noticing how huge his smile was.  He looked like a little boy on Christmas morning.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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huntinwabbits's picture

I don't even know what kind of comment to type to this. Fitting, since I didn't have words to say during and after that game either. Just. Wow.

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tundra1's picture

The title of this article might have to be changed...

":30 for Eternity" and "Best Half Ever" sound so permanent.  Knowing how well Urban can motivate his team...we might see the first half on September 7, 2015 set some new records. :-) 

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BuckGnome's picture

I totally agree.  Blacksburg is going to be razed to the ground that night.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

The over/under for the game was set at 56 points; the Buckeyes would eclipse that on their own.

Paging Elias Sports Bureau: Has this ever happened in a shutout?

Three title games, three Heisman finalists, three memorable victories. They went for three and they got it.

As the Buckeyes laughed, the world laughed with them...

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tundra1's picture

Not sure about college, but the first NFL game I thought of when you asked your question actually fit the bill...

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/198511170dal.htm

(The team that won that game was pretty talented, too...)

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Seattle Linga's picture

3M that's genius - Is that you?

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Haha! What gave it away, my bear hat?...

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JLBNYC's picture

What's the most dominant half of football Ohio State has ever played? You just saw it. The best chance of ever seeing anything like it again is probably still on your DVR.

It is indeed still on my DVR, along with the MSU game, the Sugar Bowl and National Championship game, as well as various post-game coverage on the last two games.  The Wisconsin game helps me get to sleep at night- so peaceful to see the Buckeyes stomp an opponent on a big stage!  They should release it on DVD.

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dwcbuckeye's picture

Totally agree here.  I prefer to actually rewatch this game than the NC game.  This is as pure as a performance as we will likely ever see. 

The rebirth of the Silver Bullets

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Calpoog's picture

Well said. The moisture in my eyes increased significantly.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

While watching that 1st half against Wisky, I suddenly had this odd feeling that I wasn't really viewing a live Ohio State game on TV, but was in REM sleep and my Bucknut brain in full overdrive with the chimera of pure domination over a quality opponent. And then I woke up for halftime.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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shadybuck's picture

amazing read ramzy, i remember being confident that we would win this game by a couple TDs, but no on saw 59-0 coming, i remember going out to the bar that night and talking to my friends about it that i wanted to take on bama knowing that this team had what it took to beat anyone who stepped in front of them, i remember watching espn the next day and punching the air and shouting alone in the living room of my apartment when the announcement was made

what a flood of feelings and emotions in that 16 hour span, thanks for this trip down (recent) memory lane and the perspective that we probably dont fully appreciate yet

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d1145fresh's picture

I was at the game. Some Wisconsin fans next to me left about half way through the second quarter. Two young kids sat with their father. I kept telling the kids it wasn't too late to become Buckeye fans. I hope they took my advice.

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BUXHUNTER's picture

I was there with my wife and daughter, we all hugged people we have never met or will ever see again. Such an epic domination, what an honor to behold. I agree with this story as told and feel it was the deciding (game) factor in our National Championship year.

BEAUTIFUL BABY!

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niblick's picture

Ramzy, again, love your work and your style.  SUPERB piece!!!

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Buckeye BadDog's picture

And the congregation said... AMEN!

“But admit there was no splendor in all the bright array
Like the glory of the going when Chic Harley got away.” -James Thurber

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn!" -Woody Hayes

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SaltyD0gg's picture

I said it right after the game. I've waited my whole life to see the Buckeye play a game like that.

Pain of Discipline

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Take Your Pick

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rider1's picture

I suppose you can argue about whether this is the best half ever; what I think is unarguable is that this half began the best 3 game stretch in Buckeye history!

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RobbyBuckeye1968's picture

I was at that game in 68.  It was on my 18th Birthday, November 23rd.  It also led to a National Championship against Southern Cal and the throat-slitter.  But I have to agree, and I haven't missed a game since 68, that the Wisconsin beat down was the most impressive ass-whipping I have ever witnessed.

There are two types of people in the world. Reasonable people and unreasonable people. Reasonable people are those people who agree with your point of view. The rest of the bastards are unreasonable.

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Buckeye BadDog's picture

For the past 40 years we have been like a very good Chemistry teacher. Last year we evolved into... well, Wisky knows. We didn't tell Wisky (or Bama, or the Ducks) who we are now... but now they know our name - and they FEAR US.

“But admit there was no splendor in all the bright array
Like the glory of the going when Chic Harley got away.” -James Thurber

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn!" -Woody Hayes

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Maestro's picture

42-7 against PSU in 2013 was pretty dominant.

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AJBor41's picture

BEST HALF EVER, which then led to excessive drinking due to the relief we all felt, playing pool at a neighbor's house, accidentally putting a hole in his newly finished man cave ceiling with the cue...and he's a former player... but it's all good... Go Bucks!

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

In 1968, Woody went for two because he couldn't go for three. These Buckeyes would make him envious: Three title games, three Heisman finalists, three memorable victories. They went for three and they got it.

Might be the most brilliant paragraph I've ever read on this site.  I can't think of a much better half than what the Buckeyes had in that game.  It was a "why even bother playing the second half?" type of first half.

Class of 2010.

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HayesTresselMeyer's picture

It wasn't an actual half, but I also loved the 36-7 run we put on Bama. 

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BuckeyeForever's picture

From that awful loss to Florida through the championship win over Oregon, the Buckeyes accumulated 88 wins, thousands of points, a national championship - and played one nearly-flawless half of football when it was the only possible way to save their season.

Is that 88 wins with or without ncaa sanctions?

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ohiobobg's picture

1995, was in Cedar Rapids. Bet a buddy $100.00 we'd win by 35. He wrote the check at half-time. Needless to say - "VOID"!!!!!

Dammit, Cooper.

Hayden Fry: "Well, I guess our 1st string is better than their 2nd string"......

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Crumb's picture

It was nearly perfect I can only remember one play that wasn't great and it's not even worth mentioning.

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bucks_4_life's picture

Ramzy, your writing is equaled by no one! Thank you for that walk down memory lane. I'm gonna spend the rest of my night rewatching three of the greatest games I've been privileged to see.

The juice is worth the squeeze

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Toilrt Paper's picture

HONESTLY.....was there anyone who REALLY believed Ohio State had a chance of making the Final Four going into that game? If REALLY honest, who thought Ohio State had much better than a 50-50 chance of just winning the game, by let's say a Field Goal.. Truth be known Ohio State needed every one of those 59 points and the defense to play like the old Silver Bullets. Remember what Urban said when he took his seat for the post game BTN interview. "Where in heck did that come from!?!." The head coach was just as shocked as everyone else in the country. 

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HilliardJoe's picture

When JT went down I felt horrible.  I figured we could hold on to win the game but thought we would lose to Wisky and then have a rough bowl game.  I was thinking we already lost Braxton this year and JT stepped up and then he goes down.  I felt bad for the team because they had come so far since VT and now an injury was going to take away a Big Ten title.

Watching the BTCG was like a never ending parade of presents on Christmas morning, each better than the last.

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The Rill Dill's picture

38-0 at halftime.  Unbelievable feat.  Awestruck.  Watched it again a couple of days ago------may never be matched.

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buckguyfan1's picture

Still riding that high.  

Simplify...

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selmer862's picture

I just happened to rematch it in its entirety late last night. Sometimes, when I rematch a game with the benefit of hindsight, it seems different than it did live. But not the Wisconsin game. It was a performance for the ages, and one I'll enjoy for the rest of my life. 

"You don't win when you're too damned happy, and I like to win"--Woody Hayes

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

I guess what I find more amazing is the timing of it. Any lesser performance in victory we probably miss the playoffs. It was the perfect storm of talent hitting their stride, Cardale becoming the man in 1 week of practice, the tragedy with Kosta, the slights in the polls and the Vegas line and the fact that everyone was just tired of getting crapped on all season for the VT loss. I hope we see another performance like that someday but I wont hold my breath. It doesn't happen often obviously.

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novabuckeye's picture

A great article about a great half...and game!  One of my fondest memories involves Gus Johnson.  I was sitting a few rows down and a few yards over from the broadcast booth and looked back and over when there was a commotion raised by other Buckeye fans in front of it.  I don't know what they had been doing/shouting, but in response a smiling Johnson leaned out and did the O-H-I-O with his arms, and everyone in the vicinity cheered.  It was confirmation of just how dominant the Buckeyes had been to that point.

Go Bucks!

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Spivan's picture

I don't have cable so couldn't DVR it, but I did stream it, and downloaded it the following day.

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Knarcisi's picture

I'll be honest.  Our defense had still been shaky in weeks leading up to this game. Very shaky. It was somewhere between 31-0 and 38-0 that I was convincing myself that they couldn't come back on us. 

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TheMinnesotaBuckeye's picture

And a few weeks late the same Wisky team beats Auburn in the bowl game. Incredible.

I was at the M*chigan game and the mood of the crowd leaving the Horseshoe was somber. Felt like we'd lost, because of JT getting hurt. I never could've imagined what the next three games had in store.

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Buckeyeincleveburg's picture

Yes sportswriters were calling the UM game a pyrric victory because of the loss of JT.  Little did they know.

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

I think a real turning point was when they went/left the services on that dreary Wednesday afternoon for Kosta. I think that the reality of something larger than football really hit home in their minds that day. From that point on, you could sense a different demeanor about them and it was buzz-saw city going forward. I recall thinking to myself that if the defense plays as tough as the offense, no one would beat them. I agree with Urbz assessment, all 9 units were all on the same page. Cardale Jones, Cardale Jones, Cardale Jones, baby. National title. O-H...........

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

...I-O! GO BUCKS!

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Consider this as well: it had to be our most dominant half ever to get us into the playoff.

And it was.

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va_buck's picture

          Waking up on Sunday, I had to ask myself, "did that really happen?"  I had never seen the good guys dominate another team that way.  I attribute it to the defense thinking that they had lost their security blanket (the offense when JT went down).  As a result, everyone played their position.  The D-line bought in - especially the DE play where on previous occasions, their zest to make a play and run around the tackle created lanes.  In the Wisky game they formed a wall a drove their O-line back in unison.  I was so impressed at how hard they played the last few minutes making sure that the zero stayed in tact (Urban knew what he needed to get into the playoff).  Great article once again Ramzy. 

VA_Buck

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Crumb's picture

Going into that game, me and my Dad were just hoping the Buckeyes could stay with em, and make it a fight. Bosa's score blew the roof off my house, then it became real. The route was on, and hope lived. "This was not a fluke. It was an ambush." That perfectly describes that game. And it took everyone, including Buckeye nation, by surprise.

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DirtyD1775's picture

This man can write an article!

"Because I couldn't go for three!"

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Zimmy07's picture

When Bosa scored I jumped up in the air & did the Urban Meyer double punch celebration.  (I really don't like Wisconsin).

I landed on and broke my supposedly unbreakable glasses frames - but I didn't care.

i'll never forget the Evisceration in Indy!

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norwich_tuttle's picture

I've never forget the announcer on that play...

Gordon lost it!   Bosa!   Touchdown!

Beautiful in its simplicity.

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TEAM_KRK's picture

I went to this game with three badger fans and was sitting in a primarily badger section. By the beginning of the 3rd my three friends were the only badgers fans left in the section. After listening them chant "fat dumb and slow Ohio" all the way to Indy I made them watch the entire game and Urban lift the B1G trophy.

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FitzBuck's picture

There have been 1,120 halves of Ohio State football since the second half of that 1968 rout of Michigan, and you will fail to find one comprehensively better than the first half of the 2014 Big Ten Championship game

I was there.  I got tossed at the end of the 2nd QTR right before Bosa scored.

As I walked through the "tunnels" I looked at all the sad Badger fans and remembered how miserable I was after losing to MSU the year before.  I considered offering words of encouragement.  Instead my drunk ass yelled O H until I got an I O.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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BELLEFONTAINEBUCKEYE's picture

Great write up as usual Ramsy! Mman just choked on his dumbfuck sandwich and will chime in on the 2015 attendance prognosis as soon as he gets a drink.

IMADELOUSYPICKS

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KDearthVader20's picture

I was at that game. Our whole section was in shock. Like cartoon jaw dropping to the floor. My dad was crying tears of joy saying it was the most amazing thing he'd ever seen. 

Do or do not. There is not try.

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Kernfan's picture

OSU only scored 29 points in the second half in the 1968 UM game, although it was 36 straight points by the end of the game.  Between 29-0 over 4th ranked team and 38-0 over 13th ranked team, I would call it pretty even.

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Davep160's picture

And just think...Jerry Kill was the coach of the year.

The lord of brevity.

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smk6086's picture

Normally I watch games in the basement on the big tv.  This game I tried something different.  I watched, WITH MY WIFE on the living room tv sitting in the kitchen, on hard wood chairs.  All I can really remember aside from the game is my wife saying, "what is going on here?", "can I get a cushion for this chair?" (Answer was no) and showing her a tweet from Elika that stated, "Everyone return to you where you were for the first half, thanks the management".  I told her it I wasn't the only one.  We sat in the same seats Jan 1st and Jan 12th. 

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NEWCOMERSTOWN's picture

Without knowing what would come later, I remember going to bed that night thinking I'd just experienced the most amazing, unexpected, thrilling game I had ever seen.  I was so wired I couldn't sleep.  The next morning, I was back at the TV early watching it all over again. Thank you for bringing it all back to me.

You Win with People

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SLVRBLLTS's picture

Ohio State was now up 14-0 and the best running back in the country had yet to make a dent.

We have two different ideas of who is the best running back in the country.

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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buckeyeradar's picture

I've seen a lot of football in my 66 years and turned to my wife and said "That was the greatest game I've ever seen." Thanks Ramzy!

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

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buckeyeradar's picture

I also remembered saying to my wife "After that first half we'll see how good a coach Meyer is if he can keep up the momentum."  She looked at me with her WHAT face and said "WHAT!"

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

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falloutboy89's picture

Great piece Ramzy! Greatest game I ever saw too. Cardale's smile and overall body language was a sight to behold.

I'm going to have to watch the game again tonight now. You know what that means. Sugar Bowl tomorrow and the Natty on Saturday!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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ChazBuckeye's picture

What a gem!  I especially loved the BS about the 'targeting' by Corey Smith...talk about a dichotomy.  

It is time!!!!!

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BroJim's picture

Most of the time I stop reading your stuff half way through, but I finishes this article and liked it. Nice work!

I season my simple food with hunger

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stantmann's picture

Wait a minute, how'd you know it was still in my DVR?

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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zhamilton05's picture

I can't add much that hasn't already been said, but back in January I pored through Phil Steele's 2014 game scores for comparison. He assigns a number based on not just yardage or quality of opponent but total efficiency & dominance in a single performance. The Buckeyes' blowout of Wiscy was by far the highest score of any team all season, and the Oregon game was also in the top 5. Just amazing to watch!

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mrmozambique's picture

And I saw it in real life...most people think those games are boring...the Buckeye fans were on fire that night. We all stayed until the bitter 59-0 end. As one that witnessed our dismantling by UF in 2006, it gave me great pleasure to have UFM on our side this time.  

--started at the bottom now we're here--

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Magic.

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

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tracyre's picture

Ramzy, if this wasn't the qtr u were referring to my head woulda done the Linda Blair spin. What an insanely epic day. Ur recap was so damn good. And so true. We never did really take the time to digest that! Thanks for this beautiful walk down short term memory lane!

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