COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Since the 1890s, Ohio State has played more frequent non-games matches than against other Buckeye State teams.
Saturday will be the 258th time OSU has played an in-state opponent when the third-ranked Buckeyes (2-0) take on Toledo at 7 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. For the past 30 years, Ohio State has faced the usual Ohio college teams you think of: Youngstown State, Cincinnati, Ohio, etc.
But long before the days of television and the Big Ten, regular opponents included Otterbein, Denison and Ohio Wesleyan. OSU even played games against the Dayton YMCA and Columbus Barracks, a military bracket.
Of those 257 games, the Buckeyes have won 189 and they haven’t lost to a state team in over a century. Here’s a look at that last loss and other notable encounters dating back to 1894.
September 10, 2011
Ohio State 27, Toledo 22 (Ohio Stadium)
The last time the Buckeyes and Rockets played was 11 years ago when Toledo nearly upset OSU.
It was not a good start for 15th-ranked Scarlet & Grey, who trailed 15-7 after the first quarter. OSU reached halftime in the lead on a touchdown from Carlos Hyde and a 69-yard punt return from Chris Fields for a score.
Toledo was down just five points in the fourth quarter after an error-riddled game and had a chance to drive and win. This drive ended unsuccessfully and the Buckeyes escaped with the victory.
Notable errors for the Rockets included a missed field goal, over 100 penalty yards and a poor hold on a field goal. No Buckeyes offensive player has eclipsed 100 yards rushing or receiving.
September 19, 2009
Ohio State 38, Toledo 0 (Cleveland Browns Stadium)
Two years before the OSU scare against the Rockets, the teams met not in Columbus or Toledo but in Cleveland for what was called the Patriot Bowl.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor lit it up with four touchdowns and over 370 passing and rushing yards. Cleveland fans were treated to a showpiece play as soon as Pryor threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Dane Sanzenbacher in less than two minutes.
This game marked the last time Ohio State played a regular season game at a neutral site.
September 20, 2003
Ohio State 24, Bowling Green 17 (Ohio Stadium)
It was a beautiful afternoon at the Horseshoe as the defending national champion Buckeyes nearly lost to an out of state opponent for the first time in over 75 years.
Bowling Green came for the third meeting between the schools. After the Buckeyes’ second touchdown Lydell Ross, the Falcons trailed 24-7 in the fourth quarter, but fought back with a touchdown and a field goal to find themselves in possession of the Buckeyes with just under two minutes left. .
Bowling Green picked up the ball with seconds remaining and came through midfield, but safety Will Allen intercepted Falcons quarterback Josh Harris to avoid a possible upset.
OSU has beaten Bowling Green two more times since 2003, with the Buckeyes having an undefeated record against the Falcons.
October 8, 1921
Oberlin 7, Ohio State 6 (Ohio Field)
On October 5, 1921, the World Series broadcast its first game on radio, as the Yankees and New York Giants played at the Polo Grounds. Three days later, Ohio State lost one point to Oberlin in front of 10,000 fans in Columbus.
“Ohio Underdog Day,” as it is now called, was a far cry from the game the schools played five years earlier, a 128-0 victory for the Buckeyes.
The game was played on a soggy field and the Buckeyes led 6-0 in the third quarter before Oberlin’s WE Parkhill scored a touchdown and then kicked off the extra run for the Yeomen. Despite the result, the Buckeyes were on the move.
Two months earlier, the earth was thrown on their future home, Ohio Stadium. Ohio Field, which could hold about 14,000 people, was located along High Street on land where the Arps and Ramseyer halls now stand.
September 5, 1894
Akron 12, Ohio State 6 (Ohio State Fairgrounds)
If you go back 128 years, organized sports were in their infancy and most of the events you know today didn’t even exist, including the modern Olympics.
College football, however, had begun, and in Ohio the Buckeyes showed off the sport in 1894 Ohio State Fair in a five-team tournament.
The five schools that brought teams were Ohio State, Buchtel (now Akron), Denison, Miami University, and Wittenburg, all of which faced off in the on-field stand.
OSU’s last loss to the team known today as the Zips came at this tournament, with Buchtel playing under coach John Heisman (yes, that one).
And if a game went on for a long time, officials at the fair would start a scheduled horse race while football was still being played.