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.
(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.
And hopefully these guys …
… will be out in full force.
Most importantly, no coolers full of poop today.