1987 Cotton Bowl – Jan. 1, 1987, Cotton Bowl (74,188)
No. 8 Texas A&M 12
No. 11 Ohio State 28
DALLAS, Texas Ohio State, the first Big Ten team to play in the Cotton Bowl, made a successful debut with a convincing 28-12 win over Texas A&M. The Buckeyes resurrected several defenses from previous years to keep the explosive Aggie offense under control.
Ohio State set a Cotton Bowl record by intercepting five Aggie passes, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
Aside from the turnovers and the return yardage, the statistics were fairly even, but Ohio State made the most of big plays.
Buckeye quarterback Jim Karsatos passed for 195 yards, with his prime targets being Nate Harris and Cris Carter.
Chris Spielman, with 11 tackles and two pass interceptions, was chosen “Top Defensive Player” in the game. Spielman’s first interception was a 24-yard return for a touchdown that came at a point in which OSU led 7-6.
A&M – Slater 30 field goal, 10:45
OSU – Karsatos 3 run (Frantz kick), 14:19
A&M – Slater 44 field goal, 9:27
OSU – Spielman 24 interception return (Frantz kick), 13:39
OSU – Workman 8 run (Frantz kick), 7:16
A&M – Vick 2 run (Murray pass failed). 9:10
OSU – Kee 49 interception return (Frantz kick), 2:49
Rushing (att.-yds.-TDs) – Texas A&M: Vick 24-113-1, Woodside 11-32, Murray 5-12, Valentine 1-5, Bernstine 1-(-2). Ohio State: Cooper 13-55, Workman 13-45-1, Bryant 2-3, Karsatos 4-2-1, Tupa 2-(-5), Holland 2-(-15).
Passing (comp.-att.-int.-yds.-TDs) – Texas A&M: Murray 12-31-5-143, Stump 1-2-0 (-7). Ohio State: Karsatos 10- 21-2-195, Tupa 3-8-1-23.
Receiving -(no.-yds.-TDs) – Texas A&M: Bernstine 4-59, Walker 3-35, Woodside 3-14,Vick 2-17, Thompson 1-11. Ohio State: Harris 6-105, Carter 4-61, Holland 1-37, Cooper 1-10, Ross 1-5.
1999 Sugar Bowl – Jan. 1, 1999, Louisiana Superdome (76,502)
No. 8 Texas A&M 14
No. 3 Ohio State 24
NEW ORLEANS, La. Ohio State capped off an 11-1 season with a convincing win over Texas A&M.
The Buckeyes took control early, jumping to a 21-7 first-quarter lead. The Aggies scored on their first possession, driving 59 yards with Dante Hall going in from 9 yards out.
Joe Germaine then engineered an eight-play, 71-yard scoring drive. Following a defensive stop, the Buckeyes marched down the field again, using six plays to go 71 yards with Joe Montgomery’s 10-yard touchdown run for a 14-7 lead.
Another defensive stop followed by a huge special teams play gave OSU a 21-7 advantage with just 1:59 to go in the first quarter.
After Derek Ross streaked in to literally “take” the football off A&M punter Shane Leckler’s foot, Kevin Griffin picked up the loose ball and went untouched into the end zone.
A&M – Hall 9 run (Bynum kick), 10:53
OSU – Germany 18 pass from Germaine (Stultz kick), 8:34
OSU – Montgomery 10 run (Stultz kick), 4:10
OSU – Griffin 16 blocked punt return (Stultz kick), 1:59
OSU – Stultz 31 field goal, 00:16
A&M – Hodge 7 pass from Stewart (Bynum kick), 5:24
Rushing (att.-yds.-TDs) – Texas A&M: Toombs 10-62-0, Hall 11-53-1, Parker 1-6-0, Stewart 5-(-21)-0. Ohio State: Montgomery 9-96-1, Wiley 16-88-0, Wells 7-30-0, Keller 4-15-0, Germaine 6-(-19)-0.
Passing (comp.-att.-int.-yds.-TDs) – Texas A&M: Steward 22-39-0 187-1. Ohio State: Germaine 21-38-0-222-1.
Receiving (no.-yds.-TDs) – Texas A&M: Taylor 5-52-0, Spiller 5-43-0, Parker 3-9-0, Toombs 2-19-0, Hodge 2-15-1, Hall 2-3-0, Campbell 1-20-0, Oliver 1-20-0, Bumgardner 1-6-0. Ohio State: Boston 11-105-0, Wiley 5-40-0, German 2-34-1, Miller 1-28-0, Lumpkin 1-8-0, Keller 1-7-0.
2004 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl – Jan. 2, 2004, Sun Devil Stadium (73,425)
No. 7 Ohio State 35
No. 8 Kansas State 28
TEMPE, Ariz. Craig Krenzel improved to an amazing 24-3 as a starter at Ohio State as the Buckeyes claimed a 35-28 victory over Kansas State in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Krenzel overcame two first quarter interceptions to complete 11-of-24 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns, finding both Michael Jenkins and Santonio Holmes for two scoring strikes each.
The Buckeyes stormed out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter, scoring first on special teams before Krenzel hit Holmes and Jenkins to pad the lead, which slipped to 21-7 at the half. After intermission, the Wildcats pulled within seven, but Krenzel and Jenkins teamed up to again to reclaim a two-touchdown lead. Holmes caught his second TD pass from Krenzel and dragged two feet in the back of the end zone to make the score 35-14. Kansas State added two more scores.
Jenkins finished with five receptions for 96 yards, and ended his career with 2,898 career receiving yards. Kansas State out-gained Ohio State 378-337 in total yards, but the Buckeye defense held the Wildcats to 84 yards rushing. Ohio State ran for 148 yards to go with 189 passing yards. Defensively, Robert Reynolds and A.J. Hawk, the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP, each had 10 tackles to pace the Buckeyes.
OSU Hollins Blocked Punt Return (Nugent), 6:41
OSU Holmes 6 pass from Krenzel (Nugent), 2:49
OSU Jenkins 17 pass from Krenzel (Nugent), 6:49
KSU Sproles 6 run (Rheem), 3:01
KSU Roberson 14 run (Rheem), 8:59
OSU Jenkins 8 pass from Krenzel (Nugent), 4:53
OSU Holmes 31 pass from Krenzel (Nugent), 00:37
KSU Saba 3 run (Rheem), 13:25
KSU Roberson 1 run (Rheem), 2:47
Rushing (att.-yds.-TDs) Ohio State: Ross 20-82-0, Joe 11-46-0, Krenzel 8-21-0, Holmes 1-(-1)-0. Kansas State: Sproles 13-38-1, Roberson 16-32-2, Moriera 1-13-0, Saba 2-1-1.
Passing (comp.-att.-int.-yds.-TDs) Ohio State: Krenzel 11-24-2-189-4. Kansas State: Roberson 20-51-1-294-0.
Receiving (no.-yds.-TDs) Ohio State: Jenkins 5-96-2, Childress 2-44-0, Holmes 2-37-2, Ross 2-12-0. Kansas State: Dennis 7-113-0, Terry 4-58-0, Moriera 3-59-0, Sproles 3-5-0, Polite 1-31-0, Hill 1-17-0, Casey 1-11-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS
Ohio State: None. Kansas State: Rheem 45.
2004 Alamo Bowl – Dec. 29, 2004, Alamodome (65,265)
Oklahoma State 7
No. 24 Ohio State 33
SAN ANTONIO, Texas Justin Zwick threw for one touchdown, Lydell Ross and Ted Ginn Jr. each ran for another and Mike Nugent kicked four field goals to lead No. 22/24 Ohio State to a 33-7 MasterCard Alamo Bowl victory over Oklahoma State in front of 65,265 fans at the Alamodome.
The Buckeyes finished 8-4 on the year as they won their 40th game under head coach Jim Tressel, who became the fifth coach in school history to reach the mark. He was the second fastest to reach 40 wins, taking 51 games. Tressel’s mentor Earle Bruce reached the plateau in 50 games. Tressel is now 40-11 after four seasons in Columbus and boasts a 19-year career record of 175-68-2. He also has guided the Buckeyes to a 3-1 bowl record.
Zwick, completed 17-of-27 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown without an interception. The Buckeyes added 214 rushing yards to finish with 403 yards of total offense. It was the fifth time this season for Ohio State to surpass 400 yards in total offense.
Ross carried the ball 12 times for 99 yards and a score, while Branden Joe carried 13 times for 57 yards. Ginn added 40 yards on eight carries and scored.
Ginn, normally a flanker for the Buckeyes, made his first appearance at quarterback. His 5-yard run up the middle that gave Ohio State a 30-0 lead with 8:13 to play in the third quarter. The OSU freshman was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the game.
Ohio State did not put any more points on the board until Nugent delivered his fourth field goal of the night to lift the Buckeyes to a 33-0 cushion with 10:44 to play in the game. Nugent, the 2004 Lou Groza Award winner, connected from 37, 35, 41 and 36 yards to set the school’s bowl record with four field goals, his 20th school record.
Ohio State limited Oklahoma State to 286 total yards. The Cowboys had entered the game averaging 245.0 rushing yards per game, but the Buckeyes held them to 149 yards rushing on 30 carries. Oklahoma State added 137 yards passing. Donte Whitner led the Buckeyes with eight tackles, including seven solo stops. Anthony Schlegel, A.J. Hawk and Quinn Pitcock added five tackles each. Simon Fraser was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Alamo Bowl.
OSU – Gonzalez 23 pass from Zwick (Nugent kick), 12:02
OSU – Nugent 37 field goal, 9:53
OSU – Nugent 35 field goal, 5:55
OSU – Ross 1 run (Nugent kick), 10:26
OSU – Nugent 41 field goal, 4:19
OSU – Ginn, Jr. 5 run, 8:13
OSU – Nugent 36 field goal, 10:44
OKS – Willis 4 run (Ricks kick), 7:29
Rushing (att.-yds.-TDs) Oklahoma State: Woods 12-72-0, Elliott 3-39-0, Morency 8-20-0, Willis 2-7-1, Shaw 2-6-0, Jones 2-5-0, Wohlgemuth 1-0-0. Ohio State: Ross 12-99-1, Joe 13-57-0, Ginn, Jr. 8-40-1, Hall 4-9-0, DeMaria 2-4-0, Pittman 2-3-0, Parker 1-2-0.
Passing (comp.-att.-int.-yds.-TDs) Oklahoma State: Woods 15-34-1-137-0, Pena 0-1-0-0-0. Ohio State: Zwick 17-27-0-189-1.
Receiving (no.-yds.-TDs) Oklahoma State: Woods 4-40-0, Frazier 3-24-0, Bajema 2-29-0, Elliott 2-9-0, Mack 1-19-0, Willis 1-9-0, Johnson 1-6-0, Jones 1-1-0. Ohio State: Ginn Jr. 6-78-0, Holmes 5-47-0, Nicol 2-11-0, Gonzalez 1-23-1, Schnittker 1-14-0, Childress 1-12-0, Hamby 1-4-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS
Oklahoma State: Ricks 42. Ohio State: none.