Dec. 24, 2015

After beating Rice and Pittsburgh by a combined score of 142-7 to begin the year, the 1996 Ohio State football team traveled to South Bend for a Top 5 tilt against Notre Dame. 

Backed by College GameDay’s Lee Corso and led by tailback Pepe Pearson, the Scarlet and Gray ran past the Irish for the second consecutive season. Pearson accounted for 215 total yards including 173 on the ground and two scores replacing 1995 Heisman winner Eddie George in the Buckeye backfield.  

OSU flanker Dimitrious Stanley returned the game’s opening kickoff 85 yards to set up Pearson’s first touchdown and the Buckeyes never looked back defeating Notre Dame 29-16.

Dec. 17, 2015

In the first meeting in 59 years between the two historic programs, Ohio State cruised to a 45-26 victory vs. Notre Dame on September 30, 1995.

Buckeye tailback Eddie George racked up 207 yards on the ground jump-starting a legendary season for the eventual 1995 Heisman winner.

“If he doesn’t jump right in the middle of that Heisman race right now, I don’t know what it takes,” OSU coach John Cooper told The Lantern after the game. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.”

At the time, it was George’s fourth career game eclipsing the 200-yard mark. No. 27 would go on to finish the 1995 campaign with 1,927 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns becoming the fifth Heisman trophy winner in school history.

Dec. 10, 2015

Billed as the “Game of the Century,” Notre Dame defeated Ohio State, 18-13, on November 2, 1935 in front of a then Ohio Stadium record crowd of 81,018. 

It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools and arguably the most-anticipated matchup in college football history up to that point. 

An excerpt from the 1936 Ohio State University Makio discusses the week leading up to the game: 

The game of the year, the game Ohio fans had awaited for years–Notre Dame! Columbus went stark raving mad on the subject of football with the city hotels jammed to the doors and even outlying towns feeling the pressure of the crowd that was making its way toward the Ohio Stadium. Sports writers and critics from every paper and sports magazine in the country attended. It was given to thousands of others via the NBC hookup with Ted Husing, radio’s best, giving the play by play description to those reclining in their easy chairs.

Buckeyes return interception for touchdown …

The Columbus fans were back of the great Scarlet and Gray combine with every ounce of spirit they possessed and every drop they could buy. The town resembled an American Legion convention with all the color necessary for a successful rally. Posters, small signs, decorations, all urging the team to greater heights and putting forth the hope that they would wipe the South Bend Irish off the map. The students banded together in a huge rally to show Schmitty and the team that they were behind him and his boys, win, lose, or draw.

Of course, Francis Schmidt’s team fell short as the Irish pulled in front of the Buckeyes thanks to a 19-yard touchdown pass from Bill Shakespeare to Wayne Millner with 32 seconds left. 

(photo from 1936 Ohio State University Makio)