There are a lot of methods to countdown to the upcoming faculty soccer season, although none could also be extra in style than naming the very best participant at school historical past by jersey quantity.
We have determined to do one thing a bit completely different, although, and shall be counting the times till Ohio State’s season opener towards Notre Dame on Sept. 3 by the variety of factors the Buckeyes scored in a few of their best victories.
For instance, Ohio State scored 48 factors in its win over Utah within the Rose Bowl again in January. That sport was highlighted when there was 48 days remaining within the offseason.
We perceive that this strategy will not enable us to do a every day countdown, particularly with increased level totals, however we’re hopeful that wanting again at a few of the extra notable video games at school historical past will construct anticipation for the upcoming season.
With that stated, let’s proceed the countdown…
Ohio State 31, Miami (Fla.) 24 (2OT) – Jan. 3, 2003
Working again Maurice Clarett scored the go-ahead landing and Ohio State’s protection saved Miami (Fla.) out of the top zone because the Buckeyes captured their first nationwide title in 34 years with a 31-24 double-overtime victory over the top-ranked Hurricanes.
“It was identical to two heavyweight fighters slugging it out,” head coach Jim Tressel stated after the sport.
Ohio State – which entered as 11.5-point underdogs towards the defending nationwide champions, who had received 34 straight video games – led 14-7 at halftime after turning two Miami turnovers into touchdowns in a span of 78 seconds.
Kicker Mike Nugent added a third-quarter discipline objective to increase the Buckeyes’ result in 10 factors earlier than the Hurricanes minimize it to 17-14 on a nine-yard run by working again Willis McGahee, who suffered a ugly knee harm early within the forth quarter.
After a missed defensive holding name and incorrect ruling on a accomplished cross that will have allowed Ohio State to expire the clock within the fourth quarter, Miami despatched the sport to time beyond regulation with a 40-yard discipline objective from kicker Todd Sievers as time expired.
The Hurricanes went forward with a seven-yard cross from quarterback Ken Dorsey to tight finish Kellen Winslow Jr., then appeared to cease the Buckeyes on a 4th-and-three from the 5-yard line when quarterback Craig Krenzel‘s cross to broad receiver Chris Gamble fell incomplete.
Whereas Miami’s gamers and followers started celebrating, discipline decide Terry Porter threw a late flag and known as cross interference name on cornerback Glenn Sharpe. The controversial name gave Ohio State the ball on the 1-yard line, and Krenzel ran it in from there to tie the sport once more.
“He was holding me. He was in my facemask and my shoulder pads,” Gamble stated. “I used to be ready for the flag, however he form of hesitated. I did not see him going for the flag and I assumed, ‘He ain’t going to throw it.’ Fortunately, he did, and I am like, ‘Whew.’”
5 performs later, Clarett’s six-yard rating put the Buckeyes forward for good. The Hurricanes had an opportunity to drive a 3rd time beyond regulation with a 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line, however linebacker Cie Grant blitzed and compelled Dorsey to throw up a desperation cross, which was knocked to the bottom by linebacker Matt Wilhelm.
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The win marked Ohio State’s sixth by seven factors or much less that season, together with 10-6 at Purdue, 23-16 at Illinois in time beyond regulation and 14-9 towards Michigan on consecutive weeks to succeed in the title sport. It additionally gave the Buckeyes their seventh nationwide championship in program historical past.
“We have at all times had the very best rattling band within the land, now we obtained the very best rattling group within the land,” Tressel stated.
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