The 10 most memorable moments from the Ohio State football 2014 national title

It has been a decade now since the Ohio State football team won the first national championship of the Playoff era. We look back at the ten most memorable moments from that run.
Coach Urban Meyer gives quarterback Cardale Jones a pat on the head after Ohio State crushed
Coach Urban Meyer gives quarterback Cardale Jones a pat on the head after Ohio State crushed / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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1. Ezekiel Elliot runs 85 yards through the Heart of the South

Urban Meyer vs. Nick Saban. As far as coaching matchups go, it doesn't get any better than that. The Ohio State football team was trying to knock the kings of college football off their pedestal. They were also trying to do so with a third-string quarterback.

Ohio State was dominating the first half except for the fact that they couldn't finish drives. Twice they had to settle for field goals in the red zone and found themselves down 21-6. They were able to battle back after an Elliott touchdown run and then a trick play that was memorable on its own.

Evan Spencer threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas in the corner of the end zone and the Buckeyes had suddenly cut the Bama lead to just one at halftime. Ohio State then scored on a 47-yard bomb to Devin Smith to take a 27-21 lead. Then, Steve Miller had a 41-yard pick six to give Ohio State a 34-21 lead.

It was a 28-0 run by the Buckeyes. But Bama wasn't deterred. They scored to cut it to 34-28. Buckeye fans were very nervous. All of a sudden Ohio State was trying to hold on to go to the national championship. Then, the play that defined the season happened.

With the ball at their own 15-yard line, Cardale Jones handed it off to Ezekiel Elliott and he took it to the house. Spencer came in and laid a massive block that cleared Zeke's path to the end zone. Eliott went 85 yards through the Heart of the South with less than four minutes left in the game.

On the replay, you could see Zeke looking at himself on the big screen to make sure he wasn't going to get caught. He didn't and he scored to give the Buckeyes a two-score lead. Ohio State would covert a two-point conversion and would take a 42-28 lead.

The Buckeyes would go on to win 42-35 after a game-sealing interception at the goal line by Tyvis Powell. If you ask any Ohio State football fan, they will tell you this is the game they remember the most from that season, not the national championship. Personally, I knew the Buckeyes were going to beat Oregon after they took down Alabama It was a foregone conclusion in my mind.


Those are the five most memorable moments from Ohio State's magical 2014 run. It would be nice if they could give us some memories in 2024 too.