It feels like just yesterday we were getting ready for Ohio State’s season opener against the Florida Atlantic Owls, unsure about new head coach Ryan Day and transfer quarterback Justin Fields. How could they possibly fill Urban Meyer and Dwayne Haskins shoes? Will they even beat Cincinnati?!
And while I truly admire Buckeye fans’ passion and non-debatable expectations for their team, we’re also known for writing off a season as unsuccessful if it doesn’t end with a national title. Which is bonkers. I mean seriously, this season was nothing short of incredible. We witnessed one of the greatest, most complete Buckeye teams in Ohio State history. We witnessed two Heisman candidates (although it should’ve been three...#JKForHeisman) play some of the best football in the country at their positions. And we witnessed other players surpass other Buckeye Greats to become No. 1 in program history.
So, as we approach the national championship game, instead of being bitter that our beloved Bucks aren’t in it, let’s try to remember that this season was truly one for the ages. And to help you do just that, we’ve listed some of the best moments, wins, plays, touchdowns, sacks, etc. (some you may have forgotten about) gathered from all of our game day Twitter round ups.
Ohio State 42 vs. Cincinnati 0
How can Ryan Day expect to win a Big Ten title if he can't even win a coin toss??????— Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) September 7, 2019
Ryan Day was 0-2 in coin tosses at this point in the season, and the Big Ten title felt so out of reach...
Chase might be The Best Player In College Football https://t.co/qzceeWDK8p— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) September 7, 2019
The moment we all kind of realized that the best player in college football plays for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
A UC sad field goal would almost be more satisfying than the shutout.— Kevin Harrish (@Kevinish) September 7, 2019
I must admit the 42-0 shutout was pretty dang satisfying.
Ohio State 51 at Indiana 10
indiana has run six plays for -7 yards, which, for those of you not familiar with the sport of football, is bad— johnny (@johnny11w) September 14, 2019
indiana’s offense looks a lot like a team that watched ohio state’s 2018 defense and not ohio state’s 2019 defense— patrick mayhorn (@patrick_mayhorn) September 14, 2019
My New Years’ resolution is to never take a stellar Ohio State defense for granted ever again.
Congratulations to Indiana for scoring 3 more points than Cincinnati did— The Black Sheep OSU (@blacksheep_osu) September 14, 2019
Indiana was the first of many teams to demonstrate that you cannot beat Ohio State by settling for field goals. (Even though we don’t really have a leg to stand on for this anymore).
Fields might be having a few issues throwing on target today, but this ball sure is pretty. pic.twitter.com/z8oi0yX0bw— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 14, 2019
what have you done in the past minute and 13 seconds? https://t.co/lWY5z1Hrh7— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 14, 2019
Go to bed tonight with this gem of a thought: We get more Justin Fields and Chris Olave magic next year.
Can you blame Indiana for not wanting to tackle J.K. Dobbins? pic.twitter.com/lj48tNQsN6— Stadium (@Stadium) September 14, 2019
J.K. Dobbins had something to prove this season and he most definitely proved it.
Chase Young is currently on pace for about 31 sacks this season.— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) September 14, 2019
The Ohio State record is 14.
He didn’t get to 31 due to his two-game suspension and teams putting every single player they had on him but he still broke the record with 16.5 sacks for the year. A legend, nonetheless.
Ohio State 76 vs Miami 5
Ohio State is losing to Miami. Let the chaos begin.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) September 21, 2019
If you remember, Miami was beating Ohio State for a full 15 minutes at the start of this game and you people were losing your minds. And by “you people” I mean me.
Ohio State scores two touchdowns 32 seconds apart -- a 52-yard TD pass from Justin Fields to K.J. Hill, a Jeffrey Okudah INT, 7-yard TD run by Fields.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) September 21, 2019
Buckeyes lead Miami 21-5.
Then came the infamous ~second quarter~ and well....
Good thing Miami (Ohio) got that field goal earlier.— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) September 21, 2019
76-5 is better than 76-0.
Chase Young chasing down the QB.— U.S. National Football Team (@USNFT) September 22, 2019
Alum @youngchase907 with TWO strip sacks against Miami (OH) last night.
Both fumbles were recovered by @OhioStateFB and led to TDs for the Buckeyes. #USALLIN | #GoBuckspic.twitter.com/yqcZONsyqp
My favorite part of when Chase Young forces a fumble, is when he walks off after the fact, knowing his teammates will finish the job and recover the ball.
Garrett Wilson doing Garrett Wilson things. And we get at least two more years of it.
Rain or shine, Miami University or a playoff game—Buckeye fans are the greatest fans.
Ohio State 48 at Nebraska 7
Jeff Okudah can pick your quarterback off lying down. pic.twitter.com/LelLMwJQn7— Bucknuts (@Bucknuts247) September 29, 2019
Nebraska has completed more passes to Ohio State than Nebraska— Matt Brown (@MattBrownEP) September 29, 2019
If you enjoy our defense making interceptions, then surely you enjoyed the Nebraska game.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are going to win the Super Bowl.— Amara (@AmaraBaptist) September 29, 2019
When hope was alive and well.
Another sack fumble for Chase Young...he’s not even supposed to be out there. That boy should be playing TOMORROW. Not tonight— JAY RICHARDSON (@JayRichardson99) September 29, 2019
Just be grateful that you got to root for Chase Young instead of against him.
and then if OSU blows out PSU and Wiscy, the #wellactually crowd will be telling us that we won't know how good they are until they play Clemson or 'Bama.— Matt Tamanini (@BWWMatt) September 29, 2019
Narrator: “He was right.”
Ohio State 52 at Northwestern 3
It did not take long for Justin Field’s to find a wide open Chris Olave to take the lead against the Wildcats. I know I said this before, but I can’t wait to watch these two again next year.
It's like you've seen this movie before— John Makan (@jamakan7) October 19, 2019
Another day, another team bringing a knife to a gun fight.
Hahahaha we’ve got a kicker who can make 55 yarders!!! What can’t we do!?!? Pure joy!— Beau Bishop (@BeauBishop) October 19, 2019
TFW you down a punt at the one and parlay it into a 55-yard FG https://t.co/blvcXSbHjp— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) October 19, 2019
Not only is an Ohio State head coach calling for a 55-yard field goal a triumph in itself, but junior kicker Blake Haubeil was quietly and consistently one of the best players to wear scarlet and gray this year. He had an 86.7 field goal percentage—putting him at No. 1 in Ohio State program history with an 82.1 career field goal percentage. He made 13 of his 15 field goal attempts and made all 85 of his extra point attempts.
To put Haubeil’s 85 extra point attempts into perspective, Michigan’s kickers Jake Moody and Quinn Nordan only had 47 extra point attempts this year combined.
Live look at Ryan Field entering the 4th quarter pic.twitter.com/tDaeKCNTUQ— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 19, 2019
In case you forgot, we now own Northwestern’s football stadium.
Chase Young has his helmet off and is pretending to be in the marching band. So, that about sums it up. pic.twitter.com/6IZuEmEhHi— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) October 19, 2019
This was a regular occurrence throughout the season.
Ohio State 38 vs Wisconsin 7
Chase Young is a very good football player.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 26, 2019
JJ Watt, a Wisconsin alum.
Whether we had beaten Wisconsin or not, we still woulda won after this TBDBITL halftime performance.
To think the RB at the center of this matchup was Jonathan Taylor.— Gabriella DiGiovanni (@elladidge) October 26, 2019
J.K. Dobbins: “hold my beer.”
J.K. Dobbins: 163 yards and 2 TDs
Jonathan Taylor: 52 yards and zero TDs
Chase Young is the best player in college football and Wisconsin blocked him one-on-one with a tight end on 4th down... pic.twitter.com/WwkM5348Ag— Rob Paul (@RobPaulNFL) October 26, 2019
While other teams were triple-teaming Chase Young, Wisconsin was blocking him one-on-one with a tight end, resulting in Young putting up a total of four sacks and two forced fumbles. Again, knives....gun fight.
Amended football power rankings:— Sarah (@sarbucks) October 26, 2019
1. Chase Young
2. Ohio State in the second quarter
3. New England Patriots
Except now I guess its:
- Chase Young
- Ohio State in the second quarter
- Miami Dolphins
- New England Patriots
OSU doing jump around against the Badgers (not even at the end of the 3rd quarter, for the record) is exactly why no one likes them.— Andrew Tews (@andrew2s) October 26, 2019
Ohio State fans did Wisconsin’s tradition of “Jump Around” before the fourth quarter even started and Wisconsin fan, Andrew, was not having it.
Ohio State 56 at Rutgers 21
K.J. Hill looking around the Rutgers secondary pic.twitter.com/zFJ3FzB80Y— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) November 16, 2019
Not sure if Rutgers’ secondary just didn’t feel the need to cover K.J. Hill or....?
You can’t not say this season was incredible after watching Chris Olave do his thing. I think I replayed this catch 15 times.
It's the 10th game of the season and the three teams that have scored the most points against Ohio State are Florida Atlantic, Maryland and Rutgers.— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) November 16, 2019
Does giving up 20+ to Rutgers count as looking ahead to Penn State?— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) November 17, 2019
Despite beating Rutgers 56-21, Buckeye fans were still mad that we let them put up 21 points, even though it was our third strings vs. their first strings for the majority of the game. Not to mention, Chase Young was suspended for the Rutgers game, which—let’s face it—was probably for the best.
Ohio State 56 at Michigan 27
Well I don't see any way that missed PAT becomes relevant or turns out to be heartbreaking for MIchigan— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) November 30, 2019
Michigan scored first but then missed their extra point, which, if history is any indication, was an extra point they probably needed.
Obviously this is never the case during The Game (chaos always has to ensue), but after this beauty, I genuinely thought “game over.”
Love Michigan’s strategy to stop JK Dobbinspic.twitter.com/v2YWVUPbmx— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) November 30, 2019
If Jim Harbaugh’s good at anything, it’s having zero control over his players. But hey, we’ll take their dumb shenanigans every year with open arms. Thanks for the extra 15 yards!
After that field goal, instead of Michigan needing two touchdowns, it now needs.... two touchdowns.— Wyatt Crosher (@wcrosher) November 30, 2019
Touchdown Ohio State, but good thing Jim Harbaugh took that three before halftime.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) November 30, 2019
OK, I am done with that now.
Michigan now within 7 field goals— Jason Kirk, Famous Redbox Bowl Classic CEO (@thejasonkirk) November 30, 2019
Never forget. Again, no leg to stand on, but this will never stop being funny.
Ohio State fans range of emotions in five minutes:— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) November 30, 2019
1. "Oh my god we're killing Michigan!"
2. "Oh shit, Fields is down."
3. "Oh no, are the title hopes gone?"
4. "I hope he can play in the playoff."
5. "I hate my life."
6. "He's out of the tent."
7. "OMFG TOUCHDOWN!"
Justin Fields briefly left the Ohio State-Michigan game with a knee injury.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 30, 2019
First play back, he threw a DIME! pic.twitter.com/UCoJ0p9B98
Justin Fields was injured, taken out of the game, returned to the game, threw a touchdown, and Buckeye fans everywhere lost years off their lives. There is nothing I love and hate more than the emotional rollercoaster that is The Game.
The best running back in the country.— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) November 30, 2019
Send this man to New York! pic.twitter.com/foOuiZXoJ2
Just had this texted to me and I LOL'd#B1G Leading rushers......— Matt Baxendell (@MattBaxendell) January 2, 2020
JK Dobbins- 301 carries for 2,003 yards
Jonathon Taylor- 320 carries for 2,003 yards
Entire #Michigan Team- 495 carries for 1,959 yards
Nicely done whoever found that stat
Joe Burrow would have won the Heisman trophy, regardless. But the fact Dobbins wasn’t even invited to New York is a travesty.
Like I said before...regular occurrence.
The season could have ended right here and then, post-win O-H-I-O chant in the Big House. It’s all I ask for.
Big Ten Championship: Ohio State 34 vs Wisconsin 21
Austin Mack will be missed, mostly due to his ability to catch the uncatchable.
I LOVE MY MORMON PUNTER— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) December 8, 2019
The fake punt that changed the entire momentum of this game. Not saying we would have lost without it, but this definitely put our offense into gear. And friends, we get our beloved mormon punter back for one more year!
♂️— Cardale Jones (@CJ1two) December 8, 2019
I come out of meetings and we’re down 14-0— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) December 8, 2019
Football is Stupid and I Hate It. An Autobiography.— Elika Sadeghi (@elikasadeghi) December 8, 2019
My favorite one-hour periods of the of the year:— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) December 8, 2019
-10:30-11:30 on New Year's Eve, before the party gets boring and you have to watch the ball drop
-when Ohio State fans get furious online because they're briefly losing to some team they'll eventually beat by 17
Buckeye Nation went into ultra panic mode for the majority of this game because we forgot what it felt like to watch a game where Ohio State wasn’t up by 50 points in the first half.
Jeremy Ruckert recreating the Jumpman logo pic.twitter.com/wFj3mHgwtG— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) December 8, 2019
And then THIS happened.
All you need to know about Wisconsin is that down two scores with the game on the line Paul Chryst dialed up a pitch directly to the face of the best player in America— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) December 8, 2019
"Yeah it's 4th down, let's try and beat Chase Young to the edge"— Richard Johnson (@RJ_Writes) December 8, 2019
Paul Chryst learned from the regular season game that you can’t block Chase Young one-on-one, and especially not with one single tight end. What he did not learn, is that if you run the ball in Chase Young’s direction, it is not going to end well, no matter how many players you put on him.
I mean, when you put it that way, the No. 1 seed seems pretty clear cut. pic.twitter.com/HHiNNlo6Wk— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) December 8, 2019
Friends, I know this is an article about why we should appreciate this incredible season for what it was: one of the best in Ohio State history. But, I’ll say it anyway—we absolutely deserved that No. 1 playoff spot. My bias might lie, but numbers don’t.
Look at it this way, though. A Buckeye team with something to prove (Re: 2019 Buckeye team) is a scary thing for the rest of the nation. Ryan Day, Justin Fields, Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Master Teague, etc. with a chip on their shoulder? Um, yes please.