As part of the Buckeye Nation, you’ve shaken the ‘Shoe, gathered on the Oval and experienced the frigid waters of Mirror Lake in fall. Don the Scarlet and Gray and carry on THE Ohio State University tradition. O-H!
Ohio State’s fight song “Across the Field” was written in 1915 by student William A. Dougherty, Jr., 12 years after school song “Carmen Ohio.” While “Carmen Ohio” perfectly expresses the revere all Buckeyes have for their alma mater, Dougherty Jr. felt it didn’t embody the necessary notes to amp up the Scarlet and Gray before stomping the gridiron, thus he took it upon himself to write and add the now-classic “Across the Field” to the catalogue.
It’s proven so popular it’s been co-opted in differing forms by a range of schools. But despite its widespread riffs, the song remains a Buckeye original. Warm up your voice and get ready to bolster your Buckeyes across the field with this super-soft, zip-up Scarlet and Gray classic.
Sport the flag of one of the most formidable collegiate contingents in the nation. Rolling more than 500,000 deep, your Buckeye Nation has been making history on and off the field since 1870. And with alumni like Jack Nicklaus, R. L. Stein and Patricia Heaton, you’re in good company. At the game and across town, rep your allegiance. Our honor defend we will fight to the end for OHIO!
The season that was nearly written off after the second game now lives as arguably the most memorable in the Buckeyes 125-year football history.
Coming in at number five in the 2014 AP preseason rankings and with a solid schedule, Ohio State was an early favorite to fill one of the four slots of the inaugural College Football Playoffs. But that all changed when your Buckeyes lost their starting quarterback before the season even kicked off. And a loss in week two to unranked Virginia Tech all but sealed their fate of missing out on the playoffs. Then momentum shifted. Your Buckeyes found their form and put together nine straight wins to steadily climb back up the rankings. Alas, during the final game of the regular season, another devastating blow: Ohio State’s second-string quarterback suffers a season-ending leg injury. Without flinching ahead the Big Ten Championship, Ohio State called on the next man up, a redshirt sophomore, and the team delivered a 59-0 rout to Wisconsin to send them into the playoffs as the fourth and final team. With the same playbook from the Big Ten Championship, your Buckeyes dominated #1 seed Alabama in the semis and #2 seed Oregon in the final to become the first Football Playoff National Champions, bringing their tally to eight national championships. Pay homage to the incredible comeback season, and gear up for the grind for nine. O-H!
Since 1940, only one school has won more Division I national football championships than your Ohio State. That school? Alabama—coincidentally the foe Ohio State faced in the semi’s of the 2014 inaugural College Football Playoffs. And you all know how that ended: in an absolute Crimson dismantling as your Buckeyes ran the postseason table after being overwhelming underdogs. Pay homage to more than 120 years of gridiron glory and the emphatic warning your Buckeyes sent Alabama and any other team trying to stand in the way of Buckeyes and the record books. Get charged for the grind for nine with this instant-classic. Go Bucks!