My first Buckeye game, 20 years later

On this day 20 years ago, I went to my first ever Ohio State football game. They beat Purdue 48-14 that afternoon. Since that day I’ve been to about 60 or so games. I wasn’t a big football fan before that first game. I learned more about the game over the next year and was a die hard Buckeye by the end of the 1995 season. I’ve had the opportunity to go to 4 Michigan games (all wins), OSU’s first overtime game (Illinois ’02), the game where Eddie George broke the single game rushing record (Illinois ’95). I went to seven games in their national championship season. I’ve been to six Big Ten stadiums. I’ve seen them play every Big Ten team (with the exception of new member Maryland). Even though it was a loss, I was part of the amazing crowd when they hosted USC. I’ve seen script Ohio’s, epic marching band performances. No matter where I live, Ohio State will always be the only team I truly care about.

My 1994-2014 all Buckeye team
QB Troy Smith
RB Eddie George
RB Carlos Hyde
WR David Boston
WR Terry Glenn
TE Jake Ballard
OL Orlando Pace
OL Korey Stringer
OL Nick Mangold
OL Rob Murphy
OL LeCharles Bentley

DL Joey Bosa
DL Mike Vrabel
DL Cameron Heyward
DL Jonathan Hankins
LB AJ Hawk
LB Andy Katzenmoyer
LB James Laurenitas
CB Shawn Springs
CB Antoin Winfield
S Mike Doss
S Will Allen

K Mike Nugent
P Andy Groom