Brooks @ USC-OSU Game: My Ears? Still Ringing

I covered Ohio State home games in the late ’90s, including games when the Buckeyes were ranked #1. I never, ever experienced anything like Saturday night at Ohio Stadium as USC defeated the Buckeyes 18-15.  Hard to really describe unless you were there. Best I can say is my ears are ringing as I write this.

Ohio State Fans Before Ohio State USC game 2009 Peace Love And Hate Michigan

(Breaking: Bumper crop o’ Buckeyes today)

I had the Buckeyes winning 17-13, as I wasn’t counting on a spectacular performance by true freshman USC QB Matt Barkley. But that’s precisely what we got. Barkley’s stats from the game were immaterial. Plainly, what won the game was his poise in the face of as hostile an environment as I’ve ever seen/heard at any sporting event. And the 19-year-old never changed expression. Ballgame.

Ohio State Fans Before Ohio State USC game 2009

I’m heading to High Street now so stay posted out on my Twitter. Might need a pickup lata - but only after a fries & slaw sammy or three outside Panini’s.

And hopefully these guys …

OSU USC Game 2009 Police Cars

… will be out in full force.

Archie Griffin Before Ohio State USC game 2009

Ohio State Hottie Before OSU-USC 2009

Ohio State Fans Before Ohio State USC game 2009 Tailgating On The River

Ohio State Fans Before Ohio State USC game 2009

Ohio State USC Towel 2009

Most importantly, no coolers full of poop today.