The Ohio State Buckeyes are a college football team based in Columbus, Ohio. They compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and represent the Ohio State University in the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. Ohio Stadium is their home field and has been in operation since 1922. Here is some trivia:
Buckeyes’ first rival was Kenyon
Ohio State lost its first game to Division I power Kenyon in 1893. The two-time national champions brought 4,000 fans to Shaffer Pool to watch their first-ever OAC championship game. The game was halted after Kenyon took control of the game in the second half. In addition to the loss, the crowd got so rowdy that a section of the fence around the playing field was ripped off. The game was halted until local police could calm down the crowd. The Buckeyes went on to win four of their next five games and improve to 2-2 on Thanksgiving.
The college was founded in 1824 to train clergymen. Today, it is a small liberal arts college that is surrounded by broad lawns and Gothic-style buildings. Kenyon has been an all-male school for most of its history. It was historically known for its academic excellence and is home to many famous alumni, including poet Robert Lowell and the novelist E. L. Doctorow, who spent one year at Kenyon in the early 1930s.
The Ohio State women’s team played Kenyon for the first time in OAC history. Their first game against Kenyon was a Thanksgiving Day contest. Kenyon hoped to take advantage of the holiday and play the Big Red in the afternoon. But Fisher’s team didn’t have time to rest after losing nine starting seniors last year. Instead, they focused on developing their rookies and fresh faces in the second half. Kenyon could not match Ohio State’s goal-scoring prowess, but the Buckeyes beat Kenyon by a score of 35-34.
Buckeyes’ greatest player is Griffin
When it comes to Ohio State football, few players have had more impact than Robert Griffin. The two-time Heisman Trophy winner rushed for over 5,500 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career. Griffin also set an NCAA record by rushing for at least 100 yards in 31 consecutive games. The Columbus, Ohio, native also became the first player to win the Heisman Trophy twice in college, in his junior and senior seasons. Griffin led Ohio State to four Rose Bowl appearances.
Griffin is the only player in Ohio State history to win back-to-back Heisman Trophies. He is the only player in college football history to win the trophy twice. He is also a former president of the Ohio State Alumni Association and spokesman for Wendy’s High School Heisman awards program. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Abercrombie & Fitch and Motorists Insurance. His athletic record is so impressive that he has been named the fourth-greatest player in Ohio State history.
Archie Griffin’s legacy is not only well-known, but also largely underrated. He rushed for a school record 5,589 yards and found 27 touchdowns. His name is etched into Ohio State football history and is the only two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy. The Buckeyes’ greatest player is Griffin
Buckeyes’ red zone touchdown percentage is 78.7%
While the Buckeyes did not reach the end zone all that often against Michigan, they did score points in the red zone on five of their eight trips. Stroud completed four of 10 passes for 39 yards, with 25 of those coming on the fourth trip, when the game was all but decided. The running game added 18 yards on six carries and Ohio State kicked two field goals. The Buckeyes’ red zone touchdown percentage is 78.7%, which is better than their overall percentage.
Although Ohio State’s offensive efficiency ranked No. 1 nationally last season, the Buckeyes could improve upon their red zone production. The return of C.J. Stroud should help, as he guided the attack last season. And with the emergence of Jaxon Smith-Njigba and TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State is likely to have one of the nation’s most talented offensive lines.
Despite this, the Buckeyes are struggling in the red zone. This season, they have failed to score a touchdown on more than half of their trips. Their red zone touchdown percentage is 78.7%, which ranks them No. 35 in the country. Only twice have they reached ninety percent in the last five games. Ohio State should not be a favorite against Alabama this week.
Buckeyes’ worst season is 2000
In 2000, Ohio State was in the national title game, but was blown out by the top-ranked Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes scored just 31 points in a game they never led and allowed Michigan to score 41 points. However, the offense continued, despite losing starting QB J.T. Barrett. Cardale Jones accounted for 143 points on the ground, with the only touchdown passing by Bellisari.
The game against Penn State was the most disappointing defeat in the 35 years of Joe Paterno as head coach. The Wolfpack started the year 1-4, their worst start since Paterno took over in 1966. Ohio State’s rout of Penn State seemed to get worse as the season wore on, but they still managed to improve to 4-0 and 1-0 in the Big Ten. However, this season was far from the best in Buckeye history.
The Buckeyes didn’t play any top-tier teams during their 2012 season, and all but two of those losses were by one touchdown or less. Their last four losses came against Michigan, Clemson and Purdue. After the year ended, the Buckeyes finished sixth in the AP poll. Despite the losses, Ohio State won the Big Ten championship, but finished the season with a mediocre record in the postseason.
Buckeyes’ win over Washington
Ohio State was a heavy 20-point favorite in the second quarter of their game against Washington. This was one week after their home loss to TCU. The win was the first of nine straight wins for the Buckeyes, and led them to the Big Ten title and national championship. Quarterback Frank Kremblas was injured and filled in at quarterback. The result was a 14-13 score at halftime. Don Clark rushed for four touchdowns and Jeff Jordan caught three passes for 214 yards.
While Stroud completed only four of six passes for 25 yards on his opening drive, he scrambled for two touchdowns and had a great day overall. He also ran for 96 yards on 15 carries. He was instrumental in the Buckeyes’ first two scoring drives, rushing for 52 of their 77 total yards. On the other hand, Washington quarterback Cody Pickett completed 26 of his 49 passes for 254 yards.
The victory was significant for Ohio State, as the NCAA hit the Buckeyes with a two-year probation for improprieties in the national championship game. In the ensuing two-year probation period, Ohio State was barred from playing the other top-10 teams in the country. The win earned the Buckeyes the Football Writers’ and UPI National Championship. In addition to the victory over Washington, OSU defeated No. 20 Penn State on Sept. 11, and pounded Tulsa, Akron, Maryland, and Indiana. Although the Buckeyes didn’t have a lot of wiggle room to make the playoffs, they were still able to pound Tulsa, Akron, and Rutgers.
Buckeyes’ nickname is Brutus Buckeye
You might be wondering how the nickname ‘Brutus Buckeye’ came to be. In fact, the nickname originated with a mascot of the Ohio State football team. A large plastic head adorned with a Buckeye’s likeness first appeared on campus in 1975. This unsettling mascot lasted only two games, but the nickname stuck, and was soon adopted as the team’s official mascot.
The team’s mascot is the giant nut known as Brutus. Buckeyes have been known as Ohioans since at least 1840, when President William Henry Harrison won the presidency. Harrison’s supporters carved souvenirs from buckeye wood. To be considered a legendary Ohio State Buckeye, a player must have played at least one season for the team.
The mascot of the Buckeyes, Brutus Buckeye, is often the center of attention during a game. The Ohio State Buckeyes have a history of rivalry with the rival Penn State. The two teams are ranked third and fourth respectively, and a loss would put Penn State on the top spot. Despite this history, Brutus Buckeye is an iconic figure in college sports and serves as the most popular symbol of the school. Ohio State’s victory bell is situated in the southeast tower and is rung after each Buckeye victory. The class of 1943 gave it to the university as a gift and it has rung since. Unfortunately, the clapper was stolen during the team’s 1965 thrashing of Iowa, but the Ohio State Buckeyes have maintained its nickname.