100 Teams in 100 Days: The 1926 Buckeyes Saw a Cow Win Homecoming Queen While Falling One Point Short of Unbeaten

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GoBucks10's picture

What a turnaround. Crazy to think extra points now are almost second thoughts in terms of conversion. It will be a shame to see the Wilce era end but it's time to turn the tide on that team. Great work, Remy!

There's no points for second place, gentlemen.

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bucksfan92's picture

My dad and uncles have often told me about how they remember when XPs used to be far from automatic.  They grew up in the '30s and '40s, and I think even to this day get nervous about some of those XP tries :)

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Poco Loco's picture

92-They still used the drop kick then.

a hard rock miner from Butte, Montana

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Buckeye_Actuary's picture

Maudine Ormsby was elected Homecoming Queen.

That rack though. 

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Baroclinicity's picture

Love these, as you know I would, Remy. Keep up the good work!

Priority #1:  Beat Michigan

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

An actual cow for homecoming queen?.....Guess you just can't make this stuff up.........

Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

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C-Deck's picture

A skunk almost made homecoming queen in 1954:

https://buckeyevoices.osu.edu/articles/2014/10/13/skunked/

"Hit them hard and see how they fall"

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Sav45age's picture

It seems like it was us who started the tradition of chicken shit Saturday with the Wilmington game one week before The Game, lol. 

Those southern schools recognized what a great idea it was and really ran with it!

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Poco Loco's picture

Great series. In the next two weeks some forgotten greats will appear.

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

Those bow-ties on the refs are the beast. Gordon Gee would be envious....

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bucksfan92's picture

Love the series, thanks for doing the research into these long-forgotten campaigns.  And can you imagine a coach not even showing up to a game nowadays in favor of scouting next week's opponent? 

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ibuck's picture

Would you really be surprised if Harbaugh did that vs someone like Appalachian State?

Oh, wait.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

What an astounding attendance contrast at the 'Shoe in consecutive weeks:

5,482 for Wilmington.

90,411 for TSUN.

TOSU faithful must have been getting pretty frustrated about losing so many annual contests in a row to TSUN. Coach Wilce had to have been on the hot seat by this juncture o his career.

Outstanding job, Matt. I learn something new with every installment you write (a COW for Homecoming Queen? Sheesh)!

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

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bucksfan92's picture

I'm not sure if TTUN was viewed as a rivalry yet, they had just re-entered the B1G a few years prior (1918 I think) and they had left before we joined. I would imagine most OSU fans viewed TTUN as superior team and probably wanted to go to see them and hope they'd see OSU pull off an upset.  From what I understand, Illinois was really our first "rival" in the conference since we played them every year, and often the last game.  We were probably still in a transition period of shifting from viewing in-state teams as rivals and starting to develop true rivalries with B1G teams.

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

If a rivalry can be also be determined by the number of fans who show up for a game, I'd say TSUN had achieved rivalry status by 1926. If a Michigan game could put 90,000+ butts in the seats in the 'Shoe, I think that's enough evidence right there.
 

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

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countrybuckeye's picture

I think it would be more like Clevelanders going into the Factory of Sadness to watch the Panthers or the Broncos -- to see what Championship caliber football looks like

“Save yourself and relax during every game. I recommend a fine bourbon.”

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bucksfan92's picture

This game certainly would be a huge draw for OSU fans, but I seriously doubt that a losing streak to them would have put Wilce in jeopardy.  At this point in time I am fairly certain he was the only OSU coach that had ever beaten them.  Thanks to Wilce, and St John's push to get OSU into the B1G, OSU football moved ahead rapidly during his tenure.  By the time he left, we had improved to the point where we could compete with them and the other B1G teams.  That set the stage for the lofty expectations in the coming decades.

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