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Wow- not to be negative But in this post I am recalling 6 of the dissapointing opening day losses that I remember for the Buckeyes! The good news is that in almost all of the cases they went on to a good or great season and for the most part Beat ScUM! One other thing-this happened and is history, Buckeye history....opening day losses are so rare that they can be recalled by most fans as we always expect to win, right?
Unfortunately I attended some of these games! ha ha...I always entered the Shoe on the first game day with high hopes...It is not fun to drag oneself out of there with a loss. Fortunately a couple of the games recalled were played out of twon in the Kick-Off Classic game and not in Columbus!
1957- Texas Christian beat us 18-14. I was a Freshman at OSU. We went on to a 9-1 record,
was B10 Champ, Beat Michigan 31-14 and was voted NC in the UPI.
1965- North Carlonia beat us 14-3. We went on to a 7-2 season and beat Michigan 9-7.
1967- Arizona beat us 14-7. We went on to a 6-3 record and beat Michigan 24-14.
1978- Penn State beat us 19-0. It was Art Schlicter's debut. He threw 5 picks. We went on to a 7-4- 1 record, Lost to Michigan 14-3 and lost to Clemson in the "famous" Gator Bowl, and Woody's demise!.
1986- Alabama beat us 16-10 in the Kick-Off Classic. We went on under Earle Bruce to a 10-3 record,were B10 Co-champs, lost to Michigan 24-26, but beat a tough Texas A & M 28-12 in the Cotton Bowl.
1999- Miami Fla beat us 23-12 in the Kick-off Classic. We went on to a 6-6 record and Cooper lost to Michigan 24-17.
Opening Game losses are a rare ocassion for the Buckeyes...most of the time, if that happened it turned out to be a positive jumping -off point for us. Some one could say why not name the Opening day wins! Right? Do you have all day..ha ha...
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We took care of YSU two years in a row.
I remember two real "close calls" on opening day..one by Cooper one by Tress.....
1992- we beat Louisville 20-19, only becasue the passer for the Cardinals missed a 2 pt conversion attemp with 33 seconds left.........and of course the 2009 Navy game...I was at that game and remember it vividly..we squeaked out a 31-27 victory. The Buckeyes were up 29 to 19 with about 4 minutes left and all heck broke loose as Navy came back... I remember us getting beat on a long pass play in those final minutes..and us not trying a FG , wiht 4th and 1 ,that would have made a difference, but Tressel for some reason listened to the crowd.Brian Rolle returned a 2 pt conversion attempt all the way back to give us 31 points. .Navy had a real good team that year and their QB, Ricky Dobbs was terrific.
That year, 2009, the Buckeyes ended up 11-2, beat 5 10 win teams in Navy,Wisconsin,Penn State,Iowa and Oregon, won the B10 crown, Beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl, 26-17, and beat Michigan 21-10.
Yeah we need to have a good showing against Miami. Otherwise the boo birds will be out...
I was at the 1999 game at the Meadowlands. It was SOOOOOOOO difficult to watch.
Before the game the Miami fans were silent. They hadn't begun their big run and we were pretty damn successful the last few years. Buckeye fans were hyped. Making all kinds of noise and cheering and chanting and singing. But the Miami fans were quiet.
Completely different story leaving that stadium. Buckeye fans didn't say a word. But the Miami fans were loving life.
Thankfully we got them back in the NC game.
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That 1999 game against Miami was the day after my wedding. '97 and '98 were both amazing teams so the drop off in '99 was shocking. I remember telling my wife after the loss in the last game and the 6-6 season (and no bowl game because of the Kickoff Classic) that our marriage might be short lived if we upset some kind of natural balance by getting married. I was kinda joking.
Good thread Jimmie. While I wasn't born for most of those losses, it's good to hear the history.
thanks for sharing!
I was at the '86 game (as a member of The OSUMB) and the '99 game (got the opportunity to travel with the team). Both were great trips. But the Bucks played poorly in both games.
The '86 team was a really great group, they just didn't have their act together on that game.
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That Navy game heisman 1995, may have been one of the best game I witnessed in the Shoe in all of my 73-1/2 years. The pagentry alone was worth the price of admittance. Most of it happened right down in front of where I was sitting.Ricky Dobbs, the Navy QB was unreal in the last 5-10 minutes of that game, and almost won the whole thing.His 24 yard TD run , un-touched up the middle sure put a hush on the crowd who was preparing a celebration of a 29-14 solid win.
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