With Florida Loss, Ohio State Holds Longest Season Opener Win Streak at 18

By 11W Staff on September 3, 2017 at 2:58 pm
Urban Meyer

Ohio State's 49-21 win against Indiana on Thursday night gave the Buckeyes their 18th straight season opening win, which is now the longest such streak among FBS schools. 

Florida previously held the longest active streak with 27 straight season-opening wins, but dropped its first game of the season, 33-17, to Michigan without scoring an offensive touchdown. 

In the eyes of some, the record does not belong to the Buckeyes because of the 2010 season which was vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Ohio State defeated Marshall in a Thursday night game at Ohio Stadium by a 45-7 score to open what would be Jim Tressel's final season in Columbus. 

The last time Ohio State started a season 0-1 was 1999 when the Buckeyes dropped a 23-12 contest to Miami (FL) at the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The starting quarterback for Ohio State in that game? Austin Moherman, who was soon replaced by Steve Bellisari. 

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