Top Moments of the 2000s

A New Millenium in Ohio Stadium

  • 2001

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    Jim Tressel's First Game, Victory As Head Coach

    Head coach Jim Tressel’s first game with the Buckeyes is a 28-14 win over Akron in front of 102,602 at Ohio Stadium.

  • 2002

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    George W. Bush Delivers Commencement Address

    President George W. Bush delivers the commencement address to the Class of 2002. 

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    Maurice Clarett Rushes For 230 Yards

    Freshman Maurice Clarett totaled over 200 yards and a pair of scores over No. 10 Washington State to keep the Buckeyes undefeated en route to the 2002-03 National Championship title.

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    Buckeyes Stay Unbeaten

    Ohio State caps a 13-0 regular season with a 14-9 win over Michigan that sends it to the BCS National Championship Game and a date vs. Miami.

  • 2003

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    First OT Win In The 'Shoe

    The first-ever overtime game at Ohio Stadium is a thriller, as Ohio State tops Philip Rivers and N.C. State, 44-38, on a goal-line stand in triple overtime.

  • 2004

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    Charles "Chic" Harley Jersey Retirement

    The house that Harley built now housed his No. 47 jersey. Had the Heisman Trophy existed when Harley played, he surely would have won the honor at least twice and perhaps three times. Harley was a consensus All-American all three years he played – 1916, 1917 and 1919.

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    Another Electric Ted Ginn Jr. Moment

    An underdog in its regular season finale vs. Michigan, unranked Ohio State got a punt return TD from Ted Ginn Jr. and a breakout performance by QB Troy Smith to upset the Wolverines, 37-21.

  • 2006

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    Jack Dots The "i"

    Arguably the greatest professional golfer and a former Buckeye national champion, Jack Nicklaus dots the “i” with The Best Damn Band in the Land.

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    No. 1 vs. No. 2

    For the first time in the storied history of the rivalry, Ohio State and Michigan meet as the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2-ranked teams. The Buckeyes win the game, 42-39, and go on to play in the BCS National Championship Game.

  • 2007

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    Bill Clinton Delivers Commencement Address

    The 42nd President of the United States of America received an honorary doctorate at Ohio Stadium on June 10, 2007, as he delivers the Spring Commencement Address to nearly 35,000 people in attendance, including 7,000 graduates.

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    Bill Willis' Jersey Retirement

    Ohio State football legend Bill Willis was the first lineman and first defensive player to have his jersey number retired. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Willis was a Buckeye lineman from 1942-44, playing as a three-year starter on both offense and defense.

  • 2009

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    John Glenn Dots The "i"

    U.S. Senator and astronaut John Glenn performed the ceremonial dotting of the “i” for “Script Ohio” alongside his wife, Annie, during halftime of Ohio State vs. Navy on Sept. 5, 2009.

Feature Game of the 2000s

2006: No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the 'Shoe

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For the first time in the storied rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan, the teams met as No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation. The game did not disappoint as the Buckeyes outlasted the Wolverines, 42-39, in a game for the ages.

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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  • 1990s

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    Stars abound perform in the Horseshoe

    Ohio State vies for several national titles and regains it’s stand among the top teams in the Big Ten Conference

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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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