You’re nuts: Which Ohio State game still haunts you?

While it’s “What if” week here at LGHL, today we’re not going to wonder what would have happened if a result or performance had been different for the Buckeyes. In place. we’re just going to stick with pain and anger.

There have been many matches over the years that stick in our memory simply because of how hard the end result was to digest. Back-to-back BCS championship game losses in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Also, back-to-back football and basketball national title game losses to Florida over a four-month span in early 2007. Loss in the Final Four against Kansas in 2012, followed by a loss to Wichita State in the Elite Eight in 2013 when the Shockers were a seeded nine. These are just a few of the many heartbreaking setbacks for the Buckeyes.

Question of the day: What is the ohio state game that still haunts you?

We would like to know your choices. Or reply to us on Twitter at @Landgrant33 or leave your choice in the comments.


Brett’s answer: The 25-22 loss to Texas in 2005

In September 2005, I moved to Columbus to attend Ohio State. I had been here in 2002 for Michigan game weekend, but didn’t really attend the game. Since our lease only started on September 15, for the first two games of the year, I came down from Western New York and stayed in hotels for the weekend and attended to games, my very first Buckeye game being the season opener. against Miami (OH).

Obviously, there was a lot more juice for the Texas game, especially in the spotlight. I remember the day being one of the 90 degree days where there were hardly any clouds in the sky which made those soapy drinks so sweet. In the afternoon our Lady and tangled Michigan, which created some fun tailgate entertainment. The Fighting Irish beat third-placed Wolverines 17-10.

Ohio State had an extremely talented team under Jim Tressel, but there was a lot of uncertainty at quarterback after Troy Smith was suspended for the season opener for taking money from a booster. While Justin Zwick was a useful quarterback, it was obvious that Troy Smith brought a different element to the offense. Had Smith not been suspended for Game 1, this would have been who should have started for the Buckeyes.

I had a great place for the game, sitting in 4A or 6A. The only downside was that I was seated near the Texas group. I only heard the Texas fight song about 74,000 times during the game, and had it stuck in my head for about a week after. Add to that so much screaming during the game that I had no voice for several days after the game, I was quite a mess when I got back to New York on Sunday.

Not only was I physically exhausted in the days after the match, but I was totally exhausted mentally. Texas took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but Ohio State fought back and entered halftime with a 16-13. It should have been a bigger lead though, as Ohio State had to kick out Josh Huston for three field goals, including two from under 40 yards.

The missed chances were even bigger with Texas having Vince Young at quarterback. We all saw how great Young was throughout the 2005 season, which ended with a thrilling win over USC in the BCS National Championship game. Ohio State was able to reach Young at times, however, completing two of his passes in the game.

The most heartbreaking moment came in the third quarter, when Ryan Hamby dropped a pass in the end zone. The Buckeyes threw a field goal to take a 22-16 lead, but had Hamby scored, it would have given Ohio State a two-point lead, which they never had in the game. Texas would make the Buckeyes pay for not having that killer instinct, as Vince Young found Limas Sweed for a 24-yard touchdown with 2:37 left in the game.

Who knows if Ohio State would have gone to the BCS National Championship Game had they beaten Texas, especially since Penn State beat the Buckeyes in early October at State College. Ohio State still had a great season, beating Michigan and finishing the regular season 10-2 after a victory over Notre Dame in the party bowl.

The loss to Texas hurt a lot because it was so early in my time as Buckeye, and I felt a little uncomfortable because I had had a lot of athletic failures in Buffalo that I had lived as a fan. Obviously, it’s a loss that will stay with me forever, not only because it was such a storied game between two elite college football programs, but it hurt even more because I was there, and it was my first big game at Ohio State. present for.

Meredith’s answer: the 41-14 loss to Florida in 2007

There are a few games that easily come to mind when I think of soul crushing losses (and yes, 2005 vs. Texas, which I attended in high school, is one of them). The 2015 loss to Michigan State — a sad, rainy affair where Ezekiel Elliott anticlimatically shared that he would be entering the draft after the season — was another.

However, the one game that sticks in my mind as a formative and grueling experience is the 2007 BCS National Championship game between Ohio State and Florida. It was a painful game in many ways, not the least of which was that it looked like Ohio State would literally run away after Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff – only to sit out the remainder of the game after injuring himself from the play. It would be the last play in Ginn’s college career. It also didn’t help that Troy Smith, who won the Heisman Trophy that season, had one of the worst games of his own college career.

On the other side, it didn’t matter that Urban Meyer was coaching the Gators and eventually Ohio State would get the better end of this deal. It didn’t make the 41-14 loss (*cringe*) any easier, even in hindsight. Meanwhile, it was so easy to dislike Tim Tebow in his freshman season, and the fact that he continued to linger in Florida and the NFL for seemingly decades after that game was like a constant pinch. salt in the wound.

It didn’t help that the following year, in what would have seemed like a great redemption opportunity for the Buckeyes, Ohio State was again beaten by another SEC program at LSU in the same game for the title.

Of course, because sometimes misery inspires change, that loss to Florida was probably the first step in the evolution of Ohio State’s program from bigger, slower teams that had succeeded in the early 2000s to faster game than we know.

If only it hadn’t taken a 41-14 loss to start the process.

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