Jody Victor : Ohio State Claims Share of Conference Title

Jody Victor: It was so great just being there – in a sea of cardinal red – we loved every minute of it. First Beanie then Boom then out went the lights on Michigan's season. Chris “Beanie” Wells and Dan “Boom” Herron ripped off back-to-back 42- and 49-yard runs early in the third quarter, with Herron's a touchdown to give Ohio State a 21-7 lead, and the Buckeyes rolled from that point on to clinch a share of their fourth-consecutive Big Ten conference chanpionship with a 42-7 win Saturday in front of 105,564 chilled but happy fans, including us, in Ohio Stadium.

The win not only clinched a fifth shared or outright Big Ten championship for Ohio State under coach Jim Tressel, but it also was the fifth-consecutive win for Ohio State over Michigan – a program first in 119 seasons of football. Ohio State improved to 10-2 on the season and 7-1 in the Big Ten.

It was a great day for the 28-member senior class and their parents who were honored at half-time for their contributions to Ohio State football.

The 2008 seniors: Nader Abdallah (Metairie, La.); Todd Boeckman (St. Henry, Ohio); alex Boone (Lakewood, Ohio); D.R. Ebner (Hershey, Pa.); Marcus Freeman (Huber Heights, Ohio); Tyson Gentry (Sandusky, Ohio); Bryan Gray (Antwerp, Ohio); Malcolm Jenkins (Piscataway, N.J.); Ben Kacsandi (Wooster, Ohio); Shaun Lane (Hubbard, Ohio); J.D. Larson (Ventura, Calif.); James Laurinaitis (Hamel, Minn.); Ryan Lukens (Lebanon, Ohio); Kyle Mitchum (Erie, Pa.); Rory Nicol (Beaver, Pa.); Jamario O'Neal (Cleveland, Ohio); Nick Patterson (St. Louis, Mo.);Ben Person (Xenia, Ohio); Ryan Pretorius (Durbin, South Africa); Steve Rehring (West Chester, Ohio); Chris Rietschlin (Crestline, Ohio); BrianRobiskie (Chagrin Falls, Ohio); Kyle Ryhl (Powell, Ohio); Jon Skinner (Mt. Carmel, Pa.); Brandon Smith (Euclid, Ohio); Curtis Terry (Cleveland, Ohio); A.J. Trapasso (Pickerington, Ohio); and Maurice Wells (Jacksonville, Fla.).

Go Bucks!!!

Jody Victor