Ohio State’s one and only mascot—and don’t forget, multi-sport, year-round athlete—debuted a half century ago at the Buckeyes’ 1965 Homecoming game against Minnesota.
Originally donning a cumbersome, homely, papier-mâché headpiece, Brutus has come a long way from his first Ohio Stadium appearance. As for the name, Buckeye Nation has alum Kerry Reed to thank, who proposed “Brutus” in the Union Department Store “Name the Buckeye” contest during Michigan week later in the season and who was handsomely rewarded for the moniker with a $50 gift certificate. Celebrate 50 years of Brutus with our quintessential super-soft ringer.
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.
It isn’t as old as a Shakespeare sonnet, but “Carmen Ohio” is just as much a memorable classic and has been since it 1903 debut.
Legend has it, the tune penned by Glee Club member Fred Cornell was composed as a way of rallying behind the Scarlet and Gray on the return from a particularly stinging loss to Michigan. Like any storied tradition, the tale has taken on a life of its own—but one thing’s for sure, Cornell captured the Buckeye essence. Kick it old-school with a tee that reps the everlasting Buckeye tradition. How firm thy friendship, Dear Alma Mater...OHIO!
Before bones began appearing on Georgia’s helmets, before the tomahawks on Florida State’s, and long before the ax blades on Stanford’s, it was Ohio State with the Buckeye leaf.
Suggested by Buckeyes trainer Ernie Biggs during the team’s 1968 national-championship-winning season, the tradition awards players for remarkable overall performances, game-defining plays and for Buckeye victories.
While originally a rare feat to receive a leaf under legendary perfectionist and head coach Woody Hayes, the practice has been refined from the theatrical presentation it was and now is a low-key distribution. With the Buckeyes delivering banner seasons as of late, the silver bullets have been filling fast, each able to hold around 80 leaves. Pay homage to more than 50 years of the Buckeye tradition.
The last time the Buckeyes had a nine-game regular season in football they made history.
After going undefeated through the 1970 regular season, including a close 10-7 win over Purdue and beatdown of That Team Up North, Ohio State sealed the Big Ten Conference and booked a trip to the Rose Bowl against the Stanford Indians. Oh, and before they even took the field for the Rose Bowl, they were already named National Champions by the National Football Foundation—the sixth national title in the school’s history and fifth and final under legendary coach Woody Hayes. The system quirk of naming national champions before bowl games at the time dramatically benefited the Buckeyes, as the team suffered a 17-27 upset at the hands of major underdog Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
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!