September 8, 2017

Friday Facts: Home Sweet Home in The ‘Shoe


Sept. 8, 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — While the eyes of the college football world will be fixated on Ohio Stadium Saturday night, the team that occupies The `Shoe during the spring has made winning at home a habit.

In 2017, the Buckeyes finished with a perfect 6-0 record at Ohio Stadium, including some noteworthy wins that helped pave the way to the most successful season in program history. Consider:

• The Buckeyes opened their Ohio Stadium schedule with an 8-7 win over UMass, the first victory over the Minutemen in program history.
• After topping Cleveland State, 12-4, on March 11, the Buckeyes returned to the Ohio Stadium turf a week later and improved to 9-0 on the year with a 16-7 signature win over No. 1 Denver. Ohio State ripped off 10 straight goals and held the Pioneers scoreless for nearly 40 minutes.
• Ohio State defeated Johns Hopkins, 13-9, in front of a national TV audience on BTN in April. It was the first of two wins last year over the Blue Jays.
• In one of the most memorable games in Buckeye history, Ohio State rallied from a five-goal second quarter deficit and topped eventual national champion Maryland, 11-10, in overtime on April 22. That win was the Buckeyes’ second of the season at home over a top-two ranked team.
• In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, third-seeded Ohio State began its march towards the Final Four with a 7-4 victory over Loyola.

Two years prior in 2015, the Buckeyes won three of four contests inside Ohio State, including two over ranked teams (No. 3 Denver, No. 19 Johns Hopkins). Overall, Ohio State is 14-4 (.778) inside Ohio Stadium over the past three seasons.

The `Shoe has also been home to several of the largest single-game crowds in NCAA history. From 2008 through 2010, the Buckeyes set and subsequently broke a national record for on-campus and regular season attendance, topping out with a crowd of 31,078 for the Showdown in the `Shoe in April of 2010 vs. Air Force.