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Record: 21-5

 

at Michigan – Nov. 21, 2009
Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, MI
#9 Buckeyes 21, Wolverines 10

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (No. 2) threw for a modest 67 yards and one touchdown as Ohio State beat Michigan to wrap up an outright Big Ten title. The Buckeyes wore Nike Pro Combat uniforms for the first time, which paid homage to the 1954 national championship squad. The team also sported a pink Buckeye Leaf decal in memory of Stefanie Spielman, the wife of former linebacker Chris Speilman, who lost her fight with breast cancer just days prior.

Michigan 2009

Spring Game – April 24, 2010
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
Gray 17, Scarlet 14

Backup quarterback Kenny Guiton (No. 13) outdueled Pryor to lead the Gray past the Scarlet in Ohio State’s annual spring game. Both teams wore practice jerseys with pink numbers, which were auctioned after the game to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.

Spring Game 2010

Michigan – Nov. 27, 2010
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#8 Buckeyes 37, Wolverines 7

Pryor tossed a pair of touchdown passes to lead Ohio State to yet another win over rival Michigan and a share of its record-tying sixth-straight Big Ten title. The Buckeyes donned Pro Combat uniforms once again, this time in honor of the 1942 national title team. The scarlet helmet feature a Bronze Star decal, which was awarded to former team captain Charles Csuri for his heroism in the Battle of the Bulge.

Michigan 2010

Spring Game – April 23, 2011
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
Scarlet 59, Gray 12

Early enrollee quarterback Braxton Miller (No. 5) gave fans a glimpse of the future while leading the Scarlet to a win over the Gray in Ohio State’s spring scrimmage. Miller tossed a touchdown pass and made numerous plays with his legs, while linebacker Andrew Sweat (No. 42) led the defense with 10 tackles. The Buckeyes wore camouflage helmets adorned with an American flag sticker on the front bumper and decals honoring track star Jesse Owens; volunteer strength and conditioning assistant Jake Nickle, who collapsed and died playing pickup basketball; and Colleen Dobbins, the late infant daughter of assistant lacrosse coach Dave Dobbins.

Spring Game 2011

Wisconsin – Oct. 29, 2011
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
Buckeyes 33, #12 Badgers 29

Miller’s touchdown pass to wide receiver Devin Smith with 20 seconds left gave Ohio State a much-needed upset over Wisconsin, which suffered its second-consecutive defeat on a last-minute Hail Mary. The Buckeyes wore Pro Combat uniforms to celebrate the program’s 1961 national championship.

Wisconsin 2011

Michigan – Nov. 24, 2012
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#4 Buckeyes 26, #20 Wolverines 21

Tempers flared when Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (No. 1) and Michigan wide receiver/return specialist Dennis Norfleet got into a scuffle during pregame warmups, but the Buckeyes got the best of the Wolverines on the field to cap an undefeated season — though self-imposed sanctions from the tattoo-for-memorabilia scandal kept Ohio State from the Big Ten Championship and, potentially, a shot a the national title. The Buckeyes wore special Rivalry uniforms, which featured a chrome helmet with oversized stripes and reflective helmet stickers.

Michigan 2012

Wisconsin – Sept. 28, 2013
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#4 Buckeyes 31, #23 Badgers 24

Miller matched a career-high with four touchdown passes to lead Ohio State past Wisconsin. The Buckeyes wore their Rivalry uniforms for the second time, though with a different collar logo and number font (specifically on the No. 1) than what was worn during the 2012 Michigan game.

Wisconsin 2013

Penn State – Oct. 26, 2013
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#4 Buckeyes 63, Nittany Lions 14

Wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown hauled in four passes for 67 yards and a touchdown right before the half as Ohio State handed Penn State its worst loss in 114 years. The Buckeyes wore a ribbon decal and pink accessories for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Penn State 2013

at Michigan – Nov. 30, 2013
Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, MI
#3 Buckeyes 42, Wolverines 41

Miller accounted for a career-high five touchdowns and safety Tyvis Powell intercepted a potential game-winning two-point conversion attempt as Ohio State held off Michigan. The Buckeyes wore all-white Rivalry uniforms, which were considered a nod to the 1950 Snow Bowl and later dubbed “Cocaine Whites.”

Michigan 2013

Discover Orange Bowl vs Clemson – Jan. 3, 2014
Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, FL
#12 Tigers 40, #7 Buckeyes 35

Despite a valiant effort from Miller, who suffered a cracked rib and partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during the game, Ohio State was unable to overcome a record-setting evening from Clemson’s tandem of quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Clemson 2014

Virginia Tech – Sept. 6, 2014
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
Hokies 35, #8 Buckeyes 21

Apple’s fourth-quarter interception set up a game-tying touchdown, but Virginia Tech shocked Ohio State with a pair of late scores — including a pick-six with just 46 seconds remaining — and handed head coach Urban Meyer his first regular-season loss in Columbus.

Virginia Tech 2014

at Penn State – Oct. 25, 2014
Beaver Stadium – University Park, PA
#13 Buckeyes 31, Nittany Lions 24 (OT)

Defensive end Joey Bosa (No. 97) recorded six tackles and two and a half sacks in Ohio State’s win at Penn State, including a walk-off sack where he used a would-be blocker to take down quarterback Christian Hackenberg on fourth down in overtime.

Penn State 2014

Illinois – Nov. 1, 2014
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#13 Buckeyes 55, Fighting Illini 14

Running back Curtis Samuel (No. 4) rushed for 63 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns as Ohio State raced out to an early lead over Illinois and never looked back.

Illinois 2014

Allstate Sugar Bowl vs Alabama – Jan. 1, 2015
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA
#4 Buckeyes 42, #1 Crimson Tide 35

Running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 15) rushed for 230 yards — 85 of which came through the heart of the South — to lead Ohio State to an upset win over top-ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal. All four teams wore special Nike Diamond Quest uniforms, with the Buckeyes giving a nod to their 1968 national championship team, and a playoff trophy decal on their helmets.

Alabama 2015

CFP National Championship vs Oregon – Jan. 12, 2015
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
#4 Buckeyes 42, #2 Ducks 20

Elliott continued his late-season tear with 246 yards and four touchdowns in Ohio State’s national championship win over Oregon. The Buckeyes wore the home version of their Diamond Quest alternate uniforms.

Oregon 2015

at Virginia Tech – Sept. 7, 2015
Lane Stadium – Blacksburg, VA
#1 Buckeyes 42, Hokies 24

Quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller (No. 1) reintroduced himself to the world by scoring two touchdowns — one of which came with an electrifying spin move — to help Ohio State sprint past Virginia Tech. Both teams honored the lives of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were shot and killed during a live broadcast, with a helmet decal. Miller also donned a sticker for injured teammate Noah Brown, who was lost for the season with a broken leg.

Virginia Tech 2015

Hawai’i – Sept. 12, 2015
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#1 Buckeyes 38, Rainbow Warriors 0

Wide receiver Michael Thomas (No. 3) caught five passes for 52 yards, but notably delivered a devastating stiff arm in a what was otherwise a sluggish win for Ohio State over visiting Hawai’i.

Hawaii 2015

Penn State – Oct. 17, 2015
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#1 Buckeyes 38, Nittany Lions 10

J.T. Barrett (No. 16) rushed for two first-half touchdowns as a red zone specialist and then took over full-time for Jones in the third quarter as Ohio State dispatched Penn State with relative ease. The Buckeyes wore all-black uniforms and “Blood on the Leaves” scarlet helmet stickers for the first time in the win, dubbed a “Dark Night in the Shoe.”

Penn State 2015

Michigan State – Nov. 21, 2015
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#9 Spartans 17, #3 Buckeyes 14

Michigan State limited wide receiver Braxton Miller (No. 5) to just one reception in his final game at Ohio Stadium and snapped Ohio State’s 23-game winning streak in the process. Both teams wore helmet deals in honor of Chad Carr — the grandson of former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr — who had inoperable brain cancer. Carr passed away just two weeks later at the age of 5. Miller also donned stickers for injured teammates Noah Brown and Corey Smith; his mismatched helmet identification number and a Zone 6 decal.

Michigan State 2015

at Michigan – Nov. 28, 2015
Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, MI
#8 Buckeyes 42, #10 Wolverines 13

One week after he was held to just 33 yards on 12 carries in a home loss, Elliott rushed for 214 yards and two touchdowns in Ohio State’s rout of Michigan. The Buckeyes kept the Chad Carr decal on their helmets for another week, while several Wolverines wrote #ChadTough on their helmet bumper.

Michigan 2015

at Oklahoma – Sept. 17, 2016
Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium – Norman, OK
#3 Buckeyes 45, #14 Sooners 24

Wide receiver Noah Brown (No. 80) tied a school record with four touchdown receptions, including one where he pinned the ball behind the defender’s back, as Ohio State rolled past Oklahoma in Norman.

Oklahoma 2016

at Penn State – Oct. 22, 2016
Beaver Stadium – University Park, PA
Nittany Lions 24, #2 Buckeyes 21

Samuel gave Ohio State a 14-point lead with a 74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but Penn State blocked a late field goal attempt and returned it 60 yards for a score to upset the Buckeyes.

Penn State 2016

Nebraska– Nov. 5, 2016
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#6 Buckeyes 62, #10 Cornhuskers 3

Barrett threw four touchdown passes as Ohio State dominated Nebraska while wearing alternate uniforms that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the program’s first undefeated season and conference title in 1916. The helmet was meant to resemble a cannonball, while a tag inside the collar of the uniform made reference to a sportswriter’s description of All-American Chic Harley (1916-19) running like “music and cannon fire.” The Buckeyes also wore helmet decals to honor two-time All-American defensive lineman John Hicks (1970-73), who passed away earlier in the week from complications from diabetes.

Nebraska 2016

Michigan – Nov. 26, 2016
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#2 Buckeyes 30, #3 Wolverines 27 (OT)

Barrett barely converted a 4th-and-1 and Samuel scored from 15 yards out on the very next play to give Ohio State a double-overtime win over Michigan. The Buckeyes paired their 1968 throwback jerseys with the aforementioned cannonball helmet and exclusive Nike LeBron James cleats.

Michigan 2016

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl vs Clemson – Dec. 31
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
#2 Tigers 31, #3 Buckeyes 0

Heisman runner-up Deshaun Watson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another as eventual national champion Clemson shut out Ohio State, with both teams once again donning Nike’s Diamond Quest uniforms. The Tigers contained the Buckeyes’ offensive attack and limited running back Curtis Samuel (No. 4) to just 67 total yards.

Clemson 2016

Penn State – Oct. 28, 2017
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#6 Buckeyes 39, #2 Nittany Lions 38

Barrett threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes — including a 16-yard toss with just 1:48 left in the game — to help Ohio State rally from an 18-point deficit and hand Penn State its first loss of the season. The Buckeyes wore all-gray uniforms, which featured a wolf-fur pattern on the helmet, base layer, numbers and socks.

Penn State 2017

at Michigan – Nov. 25, 2017
Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, MI
#9 Buckeyes 31, Wolverines 20

Dwayne Haskins (No. 7) replaced starting quarterback J.T. Barrett when he went down with a knee injury in the third quarter and led Ohio State to a come-from-behind victory over archrival Michigan. The Buckeyes wore what is essentially the road version of their all-gray “Land of the Wolves” alternates.

Michigan 2017

Nebraska – Nov. 3, 2018
Ohio Stadium – Columbus, OH
#10 Buckeyes 36, Cornhuskers 31

Running back J.K. Dobbins (No. 2) rushed for a season-high 163 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio State — wearing all-black uniforms for just the second time — rallied in the second half and then hung on to beat Nebraska.

Nebraska 2018

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