Found October 19, 2012 on
You’re lucky, you know.
There are universities that would sell their anthropology departments for the right to have a stadium like The Shoe.
That’s what makes weekends like this one so damn special.
Saturday is about the Buckeyes. It’s about the Boilermakers. It’s about Ohio and Indiana. It’s about revenge and redemption. It’s about Braxton Miller’s budding Heisman candidacy. It’s about Carlos Hyde’s power. It’s about Devin Smith’s hands. It’s about the Buckeyes’ defense making a statement against a decent offense. In all of those respects, it’s about the molding, shining future of the Ohio State football program.
But ultimately, The Shoe seems more important than most of those things.
Ohio Stadium has seen many things over the years. Two of its proudest moments have come in the past 365 days.
A year ago, in the midst of a spiraling 2011 campaign, the Buckeyes knocked off a ranked Wisconsin team and breathed new hope into the rapidly declining program. But, if you were in the stadium for that watershed moment, it was impossible to escape the feeling that the magic of that night was in part attributable to Ohio Stadium. Wisconsin seemed just as responsive to the ebb and flow of the crowd as they did to the Ohio State players themselves. Eventually, the Badgers succumbed. The students rushed the field and marched off singing “We Don’t Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan.” It felt like a rebirth.
Two weeks ago against Nebraska, everything was different for the Buckeyes. But nothing had changed in The Shoe. The crowd was just as hungry as they were a year ago, albeit with less desperation and more classic Buckeye arrogance confidence. But the Buckeyes needed the help just the same. After a lackluster first quarter, the Cornhuskers finally seemed to accept that they were outclassed. If Wisconsin was a rebirth, this was a confirmation.
It would be a mistake, though, to assume that the magical qualities of The Shoe are somehow reserved for night games. Or even game where the future of the program seems to be playing out on the field. Sure, there are nights when the crowd will be wilder than others. But fundamentals like Quick Cals (I guess), Script Ohio, O-H-I-O, and Carmen Ohio never change. Nor does the fact that over 100,000 fans come together to watch their team play.
It’s there in September too, when non-conference opponents come to town for a sound beating. The weather is warmer and, yes, the crowd is a little more subdued (though the switch to semesters may alleviate some of that problem).
It’s there during B1G play as well. So when the Buckeyes return to Ohio Stadium on Saturday for a matchup against Purdue, you know the place of battle will matter almost as much as the players themselves. Ohio Stadium is a place our conference has come to fear over the decades.
Finally, The Shoe may be at its most potent when That Team Up North comes to town. Michigan Stadium and Ohio Stadium are both standing tributes to the importance of football not only in the two states they represent, but also in America as a whole. It’s impossible to tell the story of the rivalry between the two teams and states without making reference to and heeding the importance of the places where that rivalry has played out.
Days like Saturday are why they build football stadiums. So are days like November 24th. With The Shoe’s help, the Buckeyes will be victorious on both.
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After a vicious take down that left Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller lying in a heap on the Ohio Stadium field turf, later to be hauled off to the OSU Wexner Medical Center, Miller has passed all tests and is set to be released.
After Miller’s injury, backup QB Kenny Guiton entered the game and led Ohio State to touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and in...
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller left Saturday’s game with an injury, later he was taken to the hospital. The injury came at the end of a 37-yard run when Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson tackled the Heisman hopeful.“He passed all of the tests and he’s getting ready to be released,” said team spokesman Jerry Emig, who added that there were no symptoms of a concussion...
The Ohio State Buckeyes saw Braton Miller get knocked out of the game by the Purdue Boilermakers today. In the 3rd quarter Miller was scrambling down the field when he was tackled hard by the Purdue defender. Miller came down extremely hard on his left shoulder. Miller had to be taken from the Ohio State locker room by ambulance to the Hospital. The extent of the Braxton Miller injury...
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was hurt late in the third quarter of the seventh-ranked Buckeyes' game on Saturday against Purdue.
Miller, mentioned among the top Heisman Trophy contenders, was completing a 37-yard run when he was thrown to the turf by cornerback Josh Johnson.
Miller didn't get up for several minutes - he was in obvious pain - while he was attended...
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller left the game against Purdue late in the third quarter. He was taken to the Wexner Medical Center, on the campus of The Ohio State University, because of concerns of a possible concussion.
He was examined – head, shoulders and neck – and he has been cleared. He is symptom free of all ailments and he is doing fine. He is in the process of...
Kenny Guiton came off the bench in relief of injured star quarterback Braxton Miller to lead touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and in overtime, with Carlos Hyde scoring on a 1-yard run to clinch No. 7 Ohio State's 29-22 victory over Purdue on Saturday.
Purdue (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten) led 22-14 when Ohio State got the ball with just 47 seconds left in regulation. Guiton...
Urban Meyer livens up the Ohio State fans in the south end of the stadium before singing Carmen Ohio.
On Saturday Ohio State pulled off a late-game comeback to force overtime versus the unranked Purdue Boilermakers before ultimately winning 29-22, and did so on the shoulders of back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton after starter Braxton Miller went out in the third quarter with a scary...
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Many in a
crowd of 105,290 thought No. 7 Ohio State had no chance of winning after
star quarterback Braxton Miller went out with an injury late in the
Backup Kenny Guiton had other ideas.
Guiton came off the bench in
relief to lead touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and in
overtime, with Carlos Hyde scoring...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Kenny Guiton came off the bench in relief of injured star quarterback Braxton Miller to lead touchdown drives in the final minute of regulation and in overtime, with Carlos Hyde scoring on a 1-yard run to clinch No. 7 Ohio State's 29-22 victory over Purdue on Saturday.
Purdue (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten) led 22-14 when Ohio State got the ball with just 47 seconds...
Ohio State is the only undefeated team in the Big Ten and it doesn't even matter. I mean they aren't eligible for the coaches poll and they aren't eligible for any postseason play, but they still could win the Big Ten's Leaders Division after running their record to 8-0 in an overtime victory on Saturday afternoon in Columbus. Seeing this season unfold so far it honestly...
Game Day Goulash.
Hard to Handle.
Jon Cooper looks at how LSU might be able to contain Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. (Saturday Down South)
Tim May profiles Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Ohio State still has a chance of going 12-0.
Because Bob Hunter said so. Too bad the Buckeyes are banhemmered this...
Unbeaten with a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate leading a high-powered offense, No. 7 Ohio State has appeared to re-establish itself as one of the nation's elite programs.
Coach Urban Meyer, though, isn't sold quite yet.
With the Buckeyes' defense struggling mightily, Saturday's matchup with a Purdue team that is scuffling offensively could help it get on track...
Ohio State backup quarterback Kenny Guiton engineered an improbable comeback Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium, thrilling 105,290 fans by rallying his team for a tying touchdown and two-point conversion with 0:03 left in regulation and then leading a touchdown drive in overtime as the Buckeyes somehow snatched a 29-22 victory away from upset-minded Purdue.
Guiton entered the game...
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The Buckeyes were ready for the scary moments of Saturday’s dramatic victory: “When 105,290 fans – most clad in scarlet and gray – descended upon Ohio Stadium on...
Wow, what a game. Anyone that would have ever guessed that Kenny Guiton would be the hero in a Buckeyes victory likely would have been labeled as crazy before this one.
But Braxton Miller’s injury forced Guiton into the ballgame, where he miraculously saved the Buckeyes’ perfect season by leading the team to two TDs and a two-point conversion in the final minute of regulation...