The Ohio State fanbase takes a lot of richly deserved criticism because there are some very loud and obnoxious malcontents that give the majority of us a bad name. So for today’s 108th Rose Bowl game, we are going to be keeping a running list of the best, funniest, and most insightful tweets from Buckeye fans.
We will also throw in some of the best tweets from Ohio State and national media, but we’ll try to stick primarily to the great work created by the fans. So, if you have something worth sharing about today’s festivities, @ us on Twitter @Landgrant33.
You can also let us know what your favorites are in the comments below.
(last updated at 8:54 p.m. ET)
Ohio State's Sevyn Banks and Cody Simon are among the 19 players unavailable for Saturday's Rose Bowl: https://t.co/xWiPUP9lwI— Andrew Lind (@AndrewMLind) January 1, 2022
We asked if the availability report impacted anyone’s thoughts on the outcome of the game, and we unsurprisingly got a range of opinions:
Not really, kind of expected what we’ve seen all year - an OL and defense that struggles vs physical play and a passing game that came still put up points. None of the unavailable players really changes that.— James Brown (@JamesRBrown_3) January 1, 2022
Probably not winning but still fun to watch youngsters get their shot— MIKEPERRY (@BuckeyeJrisgr88) January 1, 2022
An LGHL pre-game tradition, we asked for your score predictions:
Alright since Rutgers, TTUN, the Nits, and Iowa have let down the rest of the conference, it’s up to Ohio State to keep the B1G above .500 in bowl season.— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 1, 2022
I think they come out with a chip on their shoulders and win 38-31. What do you got for the score? pic.twitter.com/ypdJZWxzMj
Most of the responses were not exactly optimistic:
45-24 Utah.— Adam Porter (@heylookaturtle) January 1, 2022
I have zero reason to trust the front 7 for OSU.
Hope I’m wrong on that but there is probably going to be a lot of soul-searching this off-season.
However, we did see some folks siding with the Buckeyes:
42-28 Buckeyes … loss to TTUN tearing at their guts.— Nutsforthe❌Buckeyes ️ ☝ ️‼️ (@nutsforthem) January 1, 2022
But we did see some get a more than a little creative:
7.6-3.4 osu… scoreboard operator takes a page out of the captain from the titanics book and chaos ensues. Utah fans will claim they should have won 34-21 but the drunk operator disagrees and osu comes away with a stunning 3.8 point win— Nah-maste (@vcmusictheory) January 1, 2022
In my entire life, LaVar Burton has never let me down... until now.
WHY CAN'T RYAN DAY WIN A COIN TOSS??? https://t.co/2kpbq5S2pN— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 1, 2022
After the Buckeye defense forced a three-and-out on Utah’s first series, some folks started noticing that Ohio State’s best linebackers are both converted offensive players:
Looks like stover should have done defense all year— learn computer stuff ❌‼ (@realbly1) January 1, 2022
After two absolutely abysmal offensive drives, most of the fandom has already resigned themselves to a horrific outcome:
Yeah this has all the makings of a disaster— Ash Zawerton (@AshZawerton) January 1, 2022
We just aren’t really good this year lol and none of the guys care about winning the rose bowl— kevin mcCallister (@doml93) January 1, 2022
After Utah scored its second touchdown on a wheel route to running back Micah Bernard with Ohio State linebacker Tommy Eichenberg in coverage, OSU fans were having painful flashbacks.
That was Tuf Borland on Devonta Smith all over again— Zac Collins (@collinszac10) January 1, 2022
We recommended turning the channel to something else, because this was getting painful:
What else is on? A Law & Order marathon or something? Property Brothers, maybe?— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 1, 2022
And our followers had some great suggestions:
The Office marathon on Comedy Central— Greg Borchers (@GregBorchers) January 1, 2022
Winter classic is on at 7.— ブランドンくん (@BushidoGBP) January 1, 2022
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is ALWAYS on.— Chris Elton (@celton1) January 1, 2022
Infinity War is on TNT— Dylan (@DT23) January 1, 2022
The Buckeyes finally get on the board with a touchdown from C.J. Stroud to Marvin Harrison Jr.
I know a lot of y'all aren't high on Stroud, and I agree he's not Justin Fields, but you can't see the two big throws on this drive and not think he's got at least a little something special. pic.twitter.com/C3MwqR5VYr— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 1, 2022
And the fans responded accordingly:
Holy Buckeye Jr…— Buck ❌ichigan (@BuckMichigan) January 1, 2022
Can't struggle in the red zone if you're never in the red zone. pic.twitter.com/vJl75ye4gC— Steven Hoying (@StevenHoying) January 1, 2022
The Buckeyes cut the deficit to seven on another great connection from Stroud to Smith-Njigba:
I am very, very glad that we will have this combination back next year, because they are already very, very special. pic.twitter.com/EDdVKUluHj— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 1, 2022
But on the ensuing kickoff, Utah returned the kick for a touchdown, so Ohio State was back down 14.
Never understand why we don’t kick the ball out of the end zone.— Jeff ❌iller (@millerjj660) January 1, 2022
And then, almost like clockwork, the Buckeyes scored on the very next throw that Stroud made.
#CantGuardJax pic.twitter.com/qwbFUsC4Nx— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 1, 2022
JAXON$MITH-— New Year's ❌itch (@theycallmeFogel) January 1, 2022
And it started giving fans some hope... whether they wanted it or not:
Ryan Day is killing me making me watch this defense constantly.— Dan Bird (@DanBirdd) January 1, 2022
And then Utah QB Cameron Rising went for 62 yard on a 4th-and-1 because Ohio State’s defense is absolutely horrific:
I want to vomit— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 1, 2022
lmaooooooooooooooooooooooooooo haahahaha— Brian (@B_Smith285) January 1, 2022
2 1/2 more quarters of this terrible season— . (@MoKanzar) January 1, 2022
And of course, Smith-Njigba is on his way into the end zone to make the score 35-28, but former Buckeye commit Clark Phillips III punched the ball out and it resulted in a turnover and a touchback for Utah.
I just vomited https://t.co/OU6KxdnZCW— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 1, 2022
It’s like a car wreck u can’t look away— Dakoda Chattin (@D_Chattin7) January 1, 2022
You and every Buckeye fan in the planet.— Jason Kamler (@JKamler) January 1, 2022
Ohio State had an incredible first half... offensively. Defensively, it was offensive (see what I did there?).
This is a horrible football game.... but also a painfully and bizarrely entertaining one. I am so conflicted. pic.twitter.com/avs6Krtdex— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 1, 2022
Ok, hit me with a gif that describes what your feeling about the second half. Here’s mine… pic.twitter.com/LOoTv1Ptf1— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 2, 2022
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I’m exhausted, and I’m just tweeting and blogging, but the third quarter went Stroud INT in the end zone, Utah drops the snap on a punt, and then Marvin Harrison Jr. got his second touchdown of the game:
I wonder where this Marvin Harrison Jr. kid learned how to run such incredible routes at such a young age... pic.twitter.com/Y9cXNoLRWb— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 2, 2022
Most definitely Reggie Wayne.....— Jayson Davis (@JayDed_View1990) January 2, 2022
It is creepy how much he looks like his pops.— Jason Small (@JasonSmall36) January 2, 2022
Jaxon Smith-Njigba basically broke every single Rose Bowl and Ohio State receiving record imaginable in this game. He is an absolute freak of nature.
JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA IS THE BEST PLAYER IN OHIO STATE HISTORY!!!— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 2, 2022
I’m sorry, I’m getting a little excited, forgive me.
I mean…he’s getting there. We’ll see what he does next year, but SHEESH.— JD (@JDUNKK05) January 2, 2022
And just like that, Ohio State and Utah are tied at 38-38 as Stroud finds Marvin Harrison Jr. in the end zone for the third time.
Gotta say, this last TD is pretty,,,,,,,, Marv.... elous! pic.twitter.com/LCuRL8KTri— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 2, 2022
I grew up watching Sr catching Tds in the Carrier Dome, hard to believe I’m watching his kid go off in the Rose Bowl. Damn I’m old https://t.co/Z7tuc54juK— dontcallmeshurley (@seanhurley21) January 2, 2022
Great. Now we are going to lose by 20 because of that play on words— Jackson Esplin (@EsplinJackson) January 2, 2022
JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA AND C.J. STROUD ARE HAVING THE GREATEST QB-WR SINGLE-GAME PERFORMANCE IN THE HISTORY OF OHIO STATE FOOTBALL!
By any college WR ever. Anywhere.— Jon (@Jon_Star) January 2, 2022
SAY HEY! Not even kidding anymore, this is obviously the greatest single-game performance by an OSU WR ever. pic.twitter.com/MVQYhXRxQb— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 2, 2022
Unbelievable guts being shown by this team! Truly unbelievable! https://t.co/7FnOEgDeye— Adrian Howard (@ohstalum) January 2, 2022
Build a statue https://t.co/BO7UwW7Y6C— Connor (@buckeyeconnor) January 2, 2022
After Utah’s quarterback Cam Rising was knocked out the game, the backup Bryson Barnes led a touchdown drive to tie the game 45-45.
Then the Ohio State offense got the ball deep into Utah territory and Noah “Mr. Perfect” Ruggles connected on a field goal to give OSU their first lead at 48-45 with 0:09 left on the clock.
RUGGLES THE KING! pic.twitter.com/0jYrViuISq— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 2, 2022
And just like that, Ohio State is your 2022 Rose Bowl Champions!
GAME FUCKING OVER! IT WAS NEVER IN DOUBT!— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) January 2, 2022