Top Moments of the 1990s

The Stars Come Out To Shine

  • 1990

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    Natural Grass Returns To Ohio Stadium

    A new playing surface is installed at Ohio Stadium, as natural grass replaces astroturf. It’s the first time that the Buckeyes will play their home games on grass since 1969.

  • 1991

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    The 'Shoe Expands Capacity

    5,000 seats are added to Ohio Stadium for a new capacity of 90,500. A then-stadium record 95,357 take in a game vs. Iowa.

  • 1993

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    Second Night Game

    Ohio State defeats Washington 21-12 in nationally-ranked matchup.

  • 1993

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    Welcome to the Big Ten

    Penn State’s first-ever trip to Columbus as a member of the Big Ten resulted in a 24-6 win for the Buckeyes that was highlighted by then-career-high 151 yards rushing by Raymont Harris.

  • 1994

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    Much-Needed TTUN W

    Ohio State caps the regular season with a 22-6 victory over Michigan – its first against the Wolverines in seven years – and held UM without a touchdown for the first time in 112 games.

  • 1995

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    "Rivalry Renewed"

    Ohio State and Notre Dame squared off for the first time in 60 years, as 95,537 jammed Ohio Stadium. They saw eventual Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George run for 207 yards and two touchdowns.

  • 1995

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    Eddie Goes For 300

    In the 1995 home finale, George cements his Heisman candidacy with a record 314 yards rushing vs. Illinois. That record would stand for 25 years.

  • 1996

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    First ESPN College GameDay Visit

    ESPN’s College GameDay visits Ohio State’s campus for the first time for a top-five showdown between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Penn State. The Buckeyes win the game easily, 38-7.

  • 1998

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    31-16 Victory Over Brady, TTUN

    Ohio State clinched a share of the Big Ten title with a 31-16 win over a Tom Brady-led Michigan team. David Boston caught 10 passes for 217 yards, the most ever for a Buckeye against Michigan.

  • 1999

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    Archie Griffin Jersey Retirement

    The No. 45 will live forever in our hearts and the fascia at Ohio Stadium following the Buckeye legend’s official jersey retirement.

Feature Game of the 1990s

Eddie Goes off on Illini

Eventual 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George helped cement his case for the honor by setting the Ohio State rushing record with 314 yards on 36 carries and three touchdowns in a 41-3 win over Illinois.

 

Top 100 Moments

  • 1920s

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    A Stadium is Born

    Ohio Stadium opens its doors and the first decade is full of impactful memories

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  • 1930s

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    National Prominence

    Under new leadership, Ohio State reaches new levels of success. The great Jesse Owens establishes himself as the world’s greatest athlete.

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  • 1940s

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    Top of the Mountain

    Head coach Paul Brown leads Ohio State to its first national championship; Les Horvath is the first Buckeye to win the Heisman Trophy

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  • 1950s

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    Woody, Hop & National Prominence

    Woody Hayes begins his 27-year run as head coach in 1951 and the Buckeyes score a pair of national championships

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  • 1960s

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    National Titles Nearly Bookend Decade

    NCAA crowns in 1961 and 1968 highlight tumultuous 10 years

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  • 1970s

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    Buckeyes are the first to reach four-straight Rose Bowls

    The 10-year war with Michigan features epic battles; Archie Griffin becomes only two-time Heisman Trophy winner

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  • 1980s

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    Primetime

    We all loved the 80s and the Buckeyes were one of the most exciting teams to watch all decade.

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  • 2000s

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    The Stars Turned Out In The New Millenium

    The 2000s gave whole new significance to The Game at The Shoe.

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  • 2010s

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    Another Era of Dominance

    Football elictrifies, adding another national title but the return of Ohio Stadium as a concert venue invigorates campus and Central Ohio.

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