Top five Ohio State football moments of all-time

Ohio State has a rich history of being a powerhouse team, that makes explosive plays and wins big games. Here are some moments that represent that.
Allstate Sugar Bowl - Alabama v Ohio State
Allstate Sugar Bowl - Alabama v Ohio State / Lance King/GettyImages

Ohio State has had plenty of moments that have been exciting to watch, so when it comes to trying to make a list of five, it's pretty hard to do. However, I did my best to create a group of games and plays that represent how good Ohio State is and how fun they are to watch.

"85 Yards Through the Heart of the South"

In 2015 in the All-State Sugar Bowl Ohio State played the No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide who came in 12-1. At halftime, Alabama had the lead 21-20 over the Buckeyes. Then Cardale Jones threw a 47-yard touchdown to Devin Smith at the start of the third quarter. And then would also get a pick-six off of Blake Sims. But then Alabama would score another touchdown to come back within a one-score game at the end of the third.

The score remained at 32-28 until Ezekiel Elliott decided he had enough and did not want to see Nick Saban holding that National Championship Trophy. This is when the running back would take the ball up the middle, and with this great blocking, he would run 85 yards to seal the game with under four minutes left. This was a moment that took Ohio State to the National Championship in 2015 and made all the Buckeye fans jump from their seats.

2003 Fiesta Bowl vs. Miami

The Ohio State Football team came in as heavy underdogs against Miami in the 2003 National Championship. The Hurricanes were favored by double digits, but the Buckeyes would go on to prove everyone wrong. In a double overtime game, Ohio State would win 31-24. Though there was a little controversy from the first OT, it's still exciting to see a Championship game go into a double overtime and see the underdog win.

Archie Griffin's Back-to-Back Heisman Trophies

Archie Griffin is the only college football player to win back-to-back Heisman Trophies. He placed fifth in his sophomore year in the Heisman voting but then would win the trophy in his junior and senior years. In the first year he won the Heisman he led the Buckeyes to a 10-1 record and a No. 3 ranking.

He was an outstanding player despite being on the smaller side being 5-9 and 180 pounds. He would get drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and play eight years in the NFL before coming back to Columbus and joining the staff at Ohio State. He served over a decade as the President and CEO of the OSU Alumni Association.

Ted Ginn Jr.'s Opening Kickoff Return

In the very first play in the 2007 BCS National Championship Game Ted Ginn Jr would return the opening kickoff 93 yards for a score. However, this moment was more bittersweet than anything, because after all the celebrating players started to realize that Ginn had injured his left foot. Then the Buckeyes were only able to put up one more touchdown in this game, while the Florida Gators would end up scoring 41 points on Ohio State.

Holy Buckeye

"Holy Buckeye" is a nickname given to a play against Purdue to keep Ohio State's perfect season alive. Late into the regular season of 2002 Ohio State had a fourth down situation against the Boilermakers, and if they didn't convert this down they likely would lose and be kept out of the National Championship.

In a fourth-and-one situation, instead of running up the middle, the Buckeyes would instead go to the air. Needing Craig Krenzel to step up, he threw a 37-yard pass down the left sideline, which was caught by Michael Jenkins in the endzone to score the winning touchdown. It was a bold play call by Jim Tressel that showed how good Ohio State is.

Ohio State has had a ton of exciting plays and games and it was hard to make a list of just five, but I believe this represents how much of a powerhouse Ohio State is.

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