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Recruiting Biz

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

I am not a recruiting expert.  I am barely a recruiting novice.  There are many writers out there who are more competent.  But for our reader I just wanted to provide a little update for this week’s activity.

Ohio State landed two big recruits this week from the 2014 class.  Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, FL, espn #39 overall, and #4 receiver) chose the Buckeyes over Alabama and Miami.  Miami would have been a likely choice, as his hometown team.  It’s tough to turn down an Alabama offer too.  It makes me especially happy that he picked the Buckeyes since Alabama already has a receiving commitment from Cincinnati’s Derek Kief (LaSalle HS, espn #204 overall).  Apparently he liked the prospect of playing in Urban Meyer’s offense.

The commitment of Dixon came a day after Ohio State received news that Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, GA, espn #12 overall, and #1 linebacker) picked the Buckeyes over Alabama, Auburn, and Clemson.  Urban Meyer has had quite a bit of success recruiting in the South, of course he knows the area well.  McMillan is the fourth linebacker to pick Ohio State from the top 50 linebackers in the 2014 class.  The other three are from Ohio.

According to espn, this week’s activity bumped our recruiting class up three places to number eight, overtaking Auburn, Texas, and TTUN. has our rectruiting class at #7, has us listed at #3, and moved us up to #2.  There are still quite a few big names for whom Ohio State is in the hunt.  With only 19 recruits so far, we also have some more room in the class than some of the teams above us – not that certain southern teams care about oversigning.  Most of the remaining names on our wish list are from outside of Ohio, but there are a couple of players from Cleveland Glenville that we might still sign.

I will do my best (which is very little) to keep you apprised of the situation.

Retro Champions/Carroll Widdoes Was Robbed

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

There once was a Buckeye football coach named Carroll Widdoes.  He was born in 1903 in, like Manny Pacquiao, Corazon Aquino, Efren Reyes, and Tim Tebow, the Philippines.  He went to Otterbein College, then he became an assistant coach to a young man named Paul Brown at Massillon Washington High School and later at The Ohio State University.  When Brown joined the Navy in 1944, Widdoes became the Buckeyes’ head coach.  His team went undefeated in his first year (9-0), and went 7-2 in his second year.  Then he left and eventually became the coach and athletic director at Ohio University (which will confuse Brady Hoke to no end).

Here’s the thing.  Widdoes’ 1944 Buckeye team went undefeated.  They beat three teams in the top 20, two in the top 6.  They had on their team the pride of Parma Senior High School, Les Horvath, the Heisman Trophy winner that year.  They had some of the same players who won the 1942 national championship, including Les Horvath.  They also were playing at the same time as Army’s dominant team (which included future Heisman winners Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis), with whom they were retroactively given a share of the title.  But Ohio State doesn’t officially claim it.

Well I think we should.  Maybe it’s the disappointment of losing the Big Ten Championship this year.  Maybe I’m just trying to grasp at something positive.  But I think we should claim it.  We were undefeated and beat three top teams.  The only decent way to compare the teams is not great for us, but it’s not damning.  We both played Pittsburgh that year.  Army won 69-7, while OSU won 54-19.  Plus there’s a little bit of a conspiracy involved.  Ohio State’s All-Americans from the 1942 title team Lin Houston and Gene Fekete (and probably others) joined the army and did not play for the Buckeyes in 1944.  Now I’m not saying that the Army Black Knights football team started World War II to better their chances in the football world, but…..

There are precedents for claiming retroactively applied titles.  All polls and rankings before Frank Dickinson named Stanford champion in 1926 (with the brief exception of Caspar Whitney’s rankings from 1905-1907, each of which crowned Yale champion) were retroactively applied.  Here is a list of cases where schools only had retroactively applied titles and they officially claim them:

1926 – Alabama:  BR, CFRA, HAF, NCF & PS

1926 – Navy:  BS & HS

1927 – Texas A&M:  SR

1927 – Georgia:  BS & PS

1930 – Alabama:  CFRA & SR

1944??? – Ohio State:  NCF & SR

1950 – Kentucky:  SR

(Polls and systems used in abbreviations above:  Billingsley Report, Boand System, College Football Researchers Association, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, Poling System, and Sagarin Ratings.)


From 1953 to today, no one has claimed a title when it was only given by retroactively applied polls or rankings.  But some SEC schools claim their retroactive titles.  Why can’t we?

Big Ten Championship and Stuff

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

There is too much talk right now about which teams should be playing for the national championship.  Many wise folks, Urban F. Meyer among them, are focusing on the task at hand:  Winning the Big Ten Championship Game.  As can be seen in a perusal of Ye Olde Buckeye’s previous posts, we like to look back at history and the record books when writing about football.  This is no exception, except that the history of the Big Ten Championship Game only goes back to 2011.  The previous two Championship Games (comprising the entirety of the Championship Game’s history) have been won by Wisconsin.  This has been extremely annoying, considering the seasons we’ve had the past ten years or so.  It’s not The Game (and nothing else is), but we still want our names all over that list of Big Ten Championship Game winners.  Here is our chance to get the ball rolling.

As for our illustrious opponents, we do have some hatred stored up for them.  Again, this will never be in the same realm as The Game, but there is some hatred.  Switching over to the personal memoires:

I was a student at The Ohio State University (established in 1870) in 1995.  I was at home in Dayton watching in horror as T8-3TUN spoiled our perfect season.

I was a student at The Ohio State University (established in 1870) in 1996.  I was in Haverfield House watching alone with building rage as T7-3TUN spoiled our perfect season.

I was a student at The Ohio State University (established in 1870) in 1997.  I was in the Big Shit House watching David Boston tussle with the traitor Charles Woodson, hoping that we would take our turn at spoiling a perfect season for them.  Hatred was cemented.

But I was also a student at The Ohio State University (established in 1870) in 1998.  I was in East Lansing for a volleyball tournament while our football team’s perfect season was spoiled by Sparty down in Columbus.  Our team and Michigan State’s team (along with some random Notre Dame players) went to a room with a tv in their athletic facility between our volleyball games.  We were mocked the rest of that terrible day.  Even when we stopped at Subway on the way home, we were still wearing our Ohio State warm-up gear and were made fun of by some very unprofessional sandwich artists.

So, it’s nowhere near the history, hatred, and intensity of The Game, but we do have some recent history with Sparty playing the spoiler.  This game is huge.  And we want our names on that Stagg Championship Trophy.  Go Bucks!

The Game, a History

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

To the uneducated who don’t know why The Game is the biggest, most important, and most significant rivalry in American sports, here’s a little history lesson that doesn’t even include the passion and hatred that are and will always be present.  This is a list of the combatants going into The Game undefeated or ranked in the top 5 since the Poll Era began in 1936 [+ a couple of notable games]:

2013 – us (#3), they are 7-4

2012 – us (#4), they were 8-3 – we won 26-21

2006 – us (#1) & them (#2) – we won 42-39

2003 – us (#4 with one loss) & them (#5 with two losses) – they won 35-21

2002 – us (#2), they were 9-2 – we won 14-9 + a national championship***

1997 – them (#1), we were 10-1 (#4) – they won 20-14 + a national championship***

1996 – us (#2), they were 7-3 – they won 13-9

1995 – us (#2), they were 8-3 – they won 31-23

1993 – us (#5 with a tie), they were 6-4 – they won 28-0

1992 – them (with two ties), we were 8-2 – we tied 13-13

1991 – them (#4 with one loss), we were 8-2 – we won 31-3

1989 – them (#3 with one loss), we were 8-2 – they won 28-18

[1986 – them (#6 with one loss), we were 9-2 (#7) – we won 26-24]

1980 – us (#5 with one loss), they were 8-2 (10) – they won 9-3

1979 – us (#2), they were 8-2 (#13) – we won 18-15

1977 – us (#4 with one loss) & them (#5 with one loss) – they won 14-6

1976 – them (#4 with one loss), we were 8-1-1 (#8) – they won 22-0

1975 – us (#1) & them (#4 with two ties) – we won 21-14

1974 – them (#3) & us (#4 with one loss) – we won 12-10

1973 – us (#1) & them (#4) – tied 10-10 (both ended 10-0-1)

1972 – them (#3), we were 8-1 (#9) – we won 14-11

1971 – them (#4), we were 6-3 – they won 10-7

1970 – them (#4) & us (#5) – we won 20-9 + a national championship***

1969 – us (#1), they were 7-2 (#12) – they won 24-12

1968 – us (#2) & them (#4 with one loss) – we won 50-14 + a national championship***

1961 – us (#2), they were 6-2 – we won 50-20 + a national championship***

1957 – us (#3), they were 5-2-1 (#19) – we won 31-14 + a national championship***

[1955 – them (#6 with one loss), we were 6-2 (#9) – we won 17-0]

1954 – us (#1), they were 6-2 (#12) – we won 20-7 + a national championship***

1949 – them (#5 with two losses), we were 6-1-1 (#7) – we tied 7-7

1948 – them (#1), we were 6-2 (#18) – they won 13-3 + a national championship***

1947 – them (#1), we were 2-5-1 – they won 21-0 + a national championship***

1944 – us (#3), they were 8-1 (#6) – we won 18-14 (Carroll Widdoes was robbed of a title!)

1943 – them (#4 with one loss), we were 3-5 – they won 45-7

1942 – them (#4 with two losses) & us (#5 with one loss) – we won 21-7 + a national championship***

1941 – them (#5 with one loss), we were 6-1 (#14) – we tied 20-20

Ye Olde Miscellanea

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Just a couple of footballing thoughts on this busy (for me) Wednesday.

Looking at this week’s lineup of contests for the remaining undefeated teams, we were struck by a fact that, try as we might, we are unable to ignore due to prevailing opinions among the media outlets.  Our position in the polls, relative to the other relevant undefeateds, is likely to take another hit this week.  Our Buckeyes are currently just barely above Baylor in the BCS (.8869 to .8856), just below Baylor in the AP (1351 to 1343), more acceptably above Baylor in the USA Today Coaches (1404 to 1386), and a single point above Baylor in the Power Rankings (whatever that is).

Alabama takes on a decent but outmatched FCS team in UT Chattanooga (nicknamed the Mocs, after the water moccasin snake, the moccasin shoe, and a Cherokee tribesman were deemed offensive), Florida State plays a crappy Idaho Vandals team, and Ohio State plays Indiana, who will likely give us more problems than they should.  Fresno State shouldn’t have much of a problem with New Mexico, but Northern Illinois might have a little difficulty with Toledo.  That leaves Baylor, who plays #10 Oklahoma State (9-1).  That means it’s all up to Baylor.  They can either likely move above Ohio State in more polls, or they can drop below a few one-loss teams.  I’m hoping for the latter, but expecting the former.

We also noticed the 2015 ESPN Junior 300 list.  It’s still very early for this class, and not much has happened.  But we couldn’t help but notice that TTUN already has some commitments in ESPN’s #2 (an athlete from Florida), #17 (a running back from Kentucky), and #73 (another athlete, this one from Ohio).  So far Ohio State has one commitment from the class in #54, an athlete from Canton McKinley.  Again, it’s early.  We continue to be amazed, though, at the admirable job of recruiting they do.  They must be good at it, considering their only selling point is that they were really good in the first half of the 20th Century.

How Many Championships Ya Got?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Today we are merely presenting information, more than offering any opinions.  This week’s lazy research leads us to regurgitate information straight from Wikipedia to your plate in a compiled and easy to read format.  Do with this information what you will.

But first, by way of introduction, here’s a little description.  In our pursuits to bring football history to the masses, we occasionally check a quick (and possibly error-laden) reference source:  wikipedia’s page on College football national championships in NCAA Division I FBS.  This page presents a lot of information.  We usually pay attention to the main item, a list of national champions by year and by poll.  But we occasionally look below at the other lists.  Today we decided to focus on these lists, and compare them side by side.  We were first inspired to do this when we noticed that Michigan State is recognized to have four national championships, but Sparty claims six.

So, below you can find a chart that compares all the schools that have at least two recognized national titles, followed by the number each school claims (and the difference, if any), then a total of every time a major poll has chosen them national champion (and the difference), and finally each school’s total amount of AP and Coaches Polls titles (and the difference, since the AP Poll’s inception in 1936).  For descriptions of what they consider to be “recognized” titles, “major” polls, or anything else, please see the link above.  They describe oddities like the fact that Georgia, despite officially claiming two titles online, lists five championships in their football media guide.  We’ll have to take the Great Wiki’s word for it.

Schools   & Their Recognized Titles Claimed Titles All Major Poll Titles AP & Coaches   Titles
Princeton 26 28 (+2) 28 (+2) 0 (-26)
Yale 18 26 (+8) 27 (+9) 0 (-18)
Alabama 14 15 (+1) 19 (+5) 10 (-4)
Notre Dame 13 11 (-2) 22 (+9) 8 (-5)
Michigan 11 11 16 (+5) 2 (-9)
USC 10 11 (+1) 17 (+7) 7 (-3)
Pittsburgh 9 9 11 (+2) 2 (-7)
Harvard 8 7 (-1) 12 (+4) 0 (-8)
Ohio State 7 7 14 (+7) 5 (-2)
Oklahoma 7 7 17 (+10) 7
Minnesota 6 7 (+1) 7 (+1) 4 (-2)
Penn 6 7 (+1) 6 0 (-6)
Army 5 3 (-2) 5 2 (-3)
Miami 5 5 9 (+4) 5
Nebraska 5 5 11 (+6) 5
California 4 5 (+1) 5 (+1) 0 (-4)
Georgia Tech 4 4 6 (+2) 1 (-3)
Illinois 4 5 (+1) 5 (+1) 0 (-4)
LSU 4 3 (-1) 8 (+4) 3 (-1)
Michigan State 4 6 (+2) 6 (+2) 2 (-2)
Penn State 4 2 (-2) 7 (+3) 2 (-2)
Tennessee 4 6 (+2) 7 (+3) 2 (-2)
Texas 4 4 9 (+5) 4
Auburn 3 2 (-1) 5 (+2) 2 (-1)
Cornell 3 5 (+2) 5 (+2) 0 (-3)
Florida 3 3 5 (+2) 3
Lafayette 3 3 3 0 (-3)
Florida State 2 2 7 (+5) 2
Georgia 2 5 (+3) 5 (+3) 1 (-1)
Mississippi 2 3 (+1) 3 (+1) 0 (-2)
Texas A&M 2 3 (+1) 3 (+1) 1 (-1)

Of note, Princeton, Yale, et al, have many titles, but none since 1936.  Alabama, Notre Dame, TTUN, USC, and Pitt also have nine or more titles, but TTUN only has three since 1936 and they and Pitt only have two each recognized by the AP.  Cue Mark May and Taylor Lewan tears.  Anyway, stats for the sake of stats.

The Ignored Undefeateds

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Bye Week=Weak Post

As everyone knows, and as was highlighted in the first part of’s recent article, Ohio State needs help.  Even an undefeated, Big Ten Championship Game winning Ohio State will need help to make it into the National Championship game.  Blame the B1G’s poor performances against teams from other conferences.  Blame Ohio State’s weak non-conference schedule.  Blame Ohio State’s losses in 2007, ’08, ’09, and ’12 bowl games.  Gene Wojciechowski’s above mentioned article even says that we might struggle to stay above Baylor if we both end up undefeated.  Baylor!

Sad as it is, especially during such an impressive undefeated run, this is the current situation and perception of Ohio State football.  We think it’s ridiculous.  But, rather than talk about that or try to convince our reader (who has no say in these matters) otherwise, we’re going to look at the history books.  Since the 1950 dawn of the “consensus” national champion, which other undefeated and untied teams have been left out of the national champion discussions?  We’re glad we asked.  Here’s a list of undefeated and untied teams who were not recognized as consensus national champs.  Many were chosen by a minor selector or two, while some weren’t chosen by any selectors at all.  Alabama (’66) received a retroactively-applied championship, whatever that means.

2012 – Ohio State, 12-0 (Obviously doesn’t count, but we’re still pissed.)

2010 – TCU, 13-0 (no selectors)

2009 – Boise State, 14-0 (no selectors)

2008 – Utah, 13-0

2006 – Boise State, 13-0 (no selectors)

2004 – Auburn, 13-0 (no selectors), & Utah, 12-0 (no selectors)

1999 – Marshall, 13-0 (no selectors)

1998 – Tulane, 12-0 (no selectors)

1994 – Penn State, 12-0

1993 – Auburn, 11-0

1975 – Arizona State, 12-0

1970 – Arizona State, 11-0

1969 – Penn State, 11-0

1968 – Penn State, 11-0 (no selectors)

1966 – Alabama, 11-0

1962 – Mississippi, 10-0

1961 – Rutgers, 9-0 (no selectors)

1960 – Missouri, 10-0* (lost to Kansas, who used an ineligible player), & New Mexico State, 11-0 (no selectors)

1954 – Oklahoma, 10-0 (no selectors) (in the midst of their 47-game winning streak)

1952 – Georgia Tech, 12-0

1951 – Maryland, 10-0, & Michigan State, 9-0

1950 – Wyoming, 10-0 (no selectors), & Princeton, 9-0

The Dark Side of Ohio State Football History

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

WARNING: Not an Entirely Pleasant Post to Read

As we were informed this past weekend, our Ohio State Buckeyes’ 63-14 handling of Penn State was the Nittany Lions’ worst loss in 114 years.  And, as always, that got us thinking.  What was Ohio State’s worst loss?  So we decided to delve into the murky depths of the record books and look through all of Ohio State’s losses.  We did not relish the task.  We obviously like to dwell on our highlights, of which there are many.  But, without further ado, the bad stuff:

As our illustrious colleagues at Eleven Warriors pointed out, this past weekend’s game marked the first time Penn State had given up at least 40 points in three straight games, it was the first time they’d given up 50 points since 1988, and it was the most points they’d allowed in a game since 1899.

So.  Here we go.  The last time we gave up at least 40 points in three straight games was…never.  It has not happened.  We’ve come close three times.  Last year we allowed 38, 49, and 22 points in three straight games, but they were all Buckeye victories.  In 1989 we allowed 42, 29, 34, and 31 in four straight games, which were two losses and two wins.  And back in 1893 we allowed 38, 42, and 30 in three straight losses.

The last time we gave up 50 points was in the 1994 Penn State game that everyone was talking about this past weekend, since it was a mirror image of this year’s game.  Why couldn’t we out-do that score, even by one point?  Oh well.  Before that, the last time we gave up 50 in a game was in The Game in 1946, when we lost to TTUN 58-6.  Just out of curiosity, we also looked and found that the last time we were shutout was also in The Game in 1993, when we lost 28-0.  In fact, as this exercise painfully reminded us, there were many, many uncomfortable scores in the history of The Game.

Now on to our worst losses.  We looked especially at all 56 of our losses of more than three touchdowns in our 124-year history.  [I told you this might be painful.]  Not surprisingly, our worst loss ever was against TTUN.  It was an 86-0 defeat in 1902.  That was by far the worst defeat in our history.  But this article doesn’t end there!  If you dare to continue, we will show you some more of our ugly losses.  Happy Halloween!  Besides the aforementioned losses to Penn State in 1994 and TTUN in 1946, we only had three other losses by 40 or more points going back to our worst loss in 1902, also already mentioned.  Those three losses were 40-0 to TTUN in 1940, 40-0 to TTUN in 1905, and 46-0 to Illinois in 1904.

Notable in the 1800’s were a 49-0 loss to Western Reserve University (1898); three straight losses to Oberlin (44-0), West Virginia (28-0) and Cincinnati (24-0) in 1897; two losses to Oberlin (50-0 and 40-4 in 1892) with three wins of 62-0, 80-0 and 32-0 in between them; and, of course, our historical-marker-advertised loss to Wooster in 1890.  That game, a 64-0 loss played at Recreation Park (now around Schiller Park in German Village) was our first home game ever.  Our first game overall was a win at Ohio Wesleyan.

Now, hopefully that will be enough talk of losses for a long time.

Let’s talk now about Not National Championships.  Why didn’t Ohio State receive any crystal footballs between 1916 and 1917?  We were undefeated from our win in the November 6, 1915 Indiana game to the October 26, 1918 Michigan Game.  And we were undefeated and untied from that same Indiana game in 1915 to the tie in the November 24, 1917 Auburn game.  No big deal.  We have seven recognized national titles.  And we will have more.

Then there was the span from the October 21, 1899 Ohio University game until the November 10, 1900 Case game (which we won 24-10) where we didn’t surrender a single point in 13 untied games.  Where’s the love, pollsters?  They were busy lovin’ on the Ivy League and Fielding Yost.  Actually it was probably because we finished the 1900 season 8-1-1, and the 1899 season 9-0-1 with a tie against Case.  Or that we were 2-5 in the 1898 season.  And that was without TTUN on the schedule.

Anyway, let’s finish on a high note.  Did anyone happen to mention to Mark May that Ohio State beat Pittsburgh 72-0 in 1996?  No?  Well someone should let him know.

Ohio’s Mr. Football

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

As we watched with delight as Missouri beat up on Florida this past Saturday, we felt a slight tinge of pride knowing that an Ohioan was ripping apart the Gators for 295 yards of passing.  Not merely an everyday, run-of-the-mill Ohioan, but 2011’s Ohio Associated Press Mr. Football Award Winner Maty Mauk.  Not only that, but it was Mauk’s first start since his #1 ranked Kenton High School team lost the 2011 Ohio Division IV State Championship to Norwayne.  You know, Norwayne High School from Creston, Ohio, whose colors are scarlet and gray, but their mascot is the bobcat.

Anyway, we were suddenly struck by the thought that we might possibly play Mauk’s Missouri team in a bowl game.  Unlikely, but it could happen.  And this got us thinking about the last time our Buckeyes played a bowl game against a former Mr. Football from Ohio, this one named Ryan Brewer.  Yep, he’s the Game Cock from Troy who ran all over us and defeated us in two straight Outback Bowls.  So we decided to compile a list of all the Mr. Footballs since Ohio adopted the award in 1987.  And below you can find some information about each one:







Mitch Trubisky Mentor North Carolina Possibly in 2017


Maty Mauk Kenton Missouri Maybe in a bowl game


Akise Teague Youngstown Ursuline Cincinnati No


Erick Howard North Canton Hoover Akron Did not play 9/3/11 game


Erick Howard North Canton Hoover Akron ditto


Bart Tanski Mentor Bowling Green No


Brandon Saine Piqua Ohio State -


Delone Carter Copley Syracuse No


Tyrell Sutton Archbishop Hoban Northwestern Lost 2005, 06, 07, & 08 by combined score of 205-34


Ray Williams Cleveland Benedictine Toledo via prison No (Don’t think he played 2009)


Ben Mauk Kenton Wake Forest & Cincinnati No


Maurice Clarett Warren G. Harding Ohio State -


Jeff Backes Upper Arlington Northwestern Lost 2002, 03, & 05 Won 2004


Bam Childress St. Peter Chanel Ohio State -


Ryan Brewer Troy South Carolina Beat us in the 2001 & 2002 Outback Bowls


Tony Fisher Euclid Notre Dame No


Derek Combs Grove City Ohio State -


Andy Katzenmoyer Westerville South Ohio State -


Charles Woodson Fremont Ross TTUN Won in 1995, 96, & 97


Curtis Enis Mississinawa Valley Penn State Lost in 1995 & 96 Won in 1997


Marc Edwards Norwood Notre Dame Lost in 1995 & 96


Derek Kidwell Fostoria Bowling Green No (Not in 1992)


Bobby Hoying St. Henry Ohio State -


Robert Smith Euclid Ohio State -


Robert Smith Euclid Ohio State -


Buster Howe Zanesville Ohio State -

Of the 24 Ohio high school football players who have won the award, eight went on to play for the Buckeyes.  The rest were either not good enough to make our squad, or they just weren’t right in the head*.  Most of the unfortunate ones either never beat or just never played the Buckeyes.  But here are some who did both, and some other notables.

* Scientific fact

Marc Edwards (Notre Dame) lost to Ohio State in 1995 and 1996.  Curtis Enis (Penn State) also lost to us in 1995 and 1996, but he beat the Buckeyes in 1997.  Then there was that jerk (who, by all accounts of some of our friends from Fremont, was a “nice guy”) who selfishly took his talents up north.  We can’t remember how he fared up there beyond Toledo.  And we certainly can’t remember that terrible day in 1997 when we travelled up to the whore of a city and were stuffed into that shit hole of a stadium to watch that terrible game, then almost got into a fight with some of their fans in a McDonald’s…..but we digress.

Ryan Brewer (South Carolina) beat us in the 2001 and 2002 Outback Bowls.  In 2001 he ran for 107 yards and had 92 yards receiving, while scoring three touchdowns, one of which was thrown by Phil Petty, the last quarterback to beat us in two straight games.  He was the MVP of that game, and John Cooper was fired after it.  In 2002 he was less effective, with 61 yards rushing and 17 yards receiving.

Jeff Backes (Northwestern) lost to us in 2002, 2003, and 2005, but beat us in 2004.  Backes intercepted Justin Zwick’s pass in the end zone, a pass which would have tied the game.  He also had three kickoff returns for 79 yards.  Finally, Tyrell Sutton (Northwestern) also lost to us in 2005, then again in 2006, 2007, and 2008.  Poor Mr. Sutton’s Wildcat teams lost to the Buckeyes by a combined 205-34.

That seems to be all instances.  We might still play Mauk in a bowl game.  And, depending on how his career goes, we might play Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina) in the 2017 season.

Ohio State v Iowa, an early history

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Ohio State has a favorable 46-14-3 record against Iowa.  But the Buckeyes and the Hawkeyes did not play each other until the 1922 season, even though they were both in the Big Ten since 1913 (Iowa started in 1900).  Many of these early Big Ten seasons for the Buckeyes were split between Big Ten opponents (only Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Northwestern for their first five Big Ten seasons) and their former in-state Ohio Athletic Conference foes.  We won the Big Ten for the first time in 1916, and again in 1917.  Then Ohio State added TTUN in 1918 (The Game was first played in 1897, then from 1900-1912, abandoned in Ohio State’s first five Big Ten years, then resumed every single season up to today), Purdue in 1919, Chicago in 1920 (another OSU Big Ten title), Minnesota in 1921, and finally our first game against Iowa in 1922.

The 1922 Iowa Hawkeyes were coached by Howard Jones, a former OSU coach (1910) from Excello, Ohio.  Coach Jones won five Rose Bowls as coach at USC (with a perfect five for five record), and five national championships as coach at Yale (1909) and USC (1928, 1931, 1932, and 1939).  Oh, and he also won three national championships as a player at Yale (1905, 1906, and 1907), never losing a game in college.  No big deal.  1922 was Iowa’s second straight Big Ten title, and they were in the midst of a 20-game unbeaten streak (longest in Iowa history), broken by eventual national champion Illinois, led by Mr. Red Grange (see my article).

We got our first victory over Iowa in 1926 (the Buckeyes and Hawkeyes played to a 0-0 tie in 1924), with a score of 23-6.  Then the two teams played off and on for the next 86 years, of course, with our Buckeyes managing to maintain a slight ~.750 win percentage advantage over our fellow four-letter-named state.  The end.  Go Buckeyes!