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Thanksgiving: A One Time Ohio State Thanksgiving Tradition

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November 26, 2020 at 9:00am
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Happy Thanksgiving
OHIO STATE ON THANKSGIVING
YEAR OPPONENT LOCATION SCORE
1890 KENYON H 10–18
1892 KENYON H 26–10
1893 KENYON H 8–10
1894 KENYON H 20–4
1895 KENYON H 12–10
1896 KENYON H 18–34
1899 KENYON H 5–0
1900 KENYON H 23–5
1901 KENYON H 11–6
1902 INDIANA H 6–6
1903 INDIANA H 16–17
1904 CARLISLE INDIANS H 0–23
1907 OHIO WESLEYAN H 16–0
1912 MICHIGAN STATE H 20–35

Note: This is an annual piece that runs every Thanksgiving.

Long before the NFL claimed Thanksgiving as its day to play football, Ohio State competed on Turkey Day during its inaugural season of 1890. In fact, the Buckeyes played 14 times on Thanksgiving between 1890 and 1912. All of the games were home games.

The Buckeyes' first Turkey Day game was during the inaugural season of 1890 against Kenyon, who won 18-10. The two schools played on Thanksgiving nine more times over the next 12 seasons with the Buckeyes winning the Thanksgiving series 6–3.

Ohio State's last Thanksgiving game was a 35-20 loss to Michigan State in 1912. The Buckeyes are 7–6–1 on this holiday and have outscored their opponents 191-178.

Time To Dine
THANKSGIVING COMPETITION
OPPONENT RECORD WIN % TOTAL POINTS AVG. SCORE
KENYON 6–3 .667 133–66 15–7
OHIO WESLEYAN 1–0 1.000 16–0 16–0
INDIANA 0–1–1 .250 22–23 11–12
CARLISLE INDIANS 0–1 .000 0–23 0–23
MICHIGAN STATE 0–1 .000 20–35 20–35
         
TOTAL 7–6–1 .536 191–178 14–13

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the company of your family, friends and loved ones...in whatever manner you are able to connect today.

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