Quarterback Craig Krenzel saved the day for the Buckeyes, running or throwing for all 75 yards the Buckeyes compiled in the extra periods. He completed 10 of 12 passes in the overtime and threw for three touchdowns.
"He's the leader and there's no question about that," tight end Ryan Hamby told Buckeye Sports Bulletin. "Craig is so calm in the huddle that it just relaxes everyone. And once you've been in the position we were in so many times before, there's no panic."
The Buckeyes blew a 24-7 fourth-quarter lead before outlasting the Wolfpack in three overtimes. It took a stop of N.C. State tailback T.A. McLendon just inches from the goal line on fourth down to finally give Ohio State the victory. "I don't know what it is about overtime," said senior captain Tim Anderson. "We don't seem to panic. We seem to get focused even more. Even though they had come back on us to tie the game, we had a good feeling about taking them to overtime.
The Buckeyes won their 17th straight game. Nine of those 17 wins came by seven points or fewer.
Krenzel threw for 273 yards on 26 of 36 passing with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also led the Buckeyes with 37 yards rushing on 14 carries. N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers also had a big game, completing 36 of 52 passes with 315 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions.
1997: No. 9 Ohio State 44, Bowling Green 13 Backup tailback Michael Wiley had one of his best games as a Buckeye in OSU's rout of the Falcons at Ohio Stadium.
Wiley broke an early 3-3 tie with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, ran 10 times for 72 yards and even completed a 31-yard halfback option pass to Dee Miller. He also caught a pair of passes for 23 yards during a monster day.
"Michael Wiley, as you know, is a very, very exciting and entertaining football player," OSU head coach John Cooper told BSB. "I'll tell you what: He's a threat to hit the home run every time he touches the ball. I thought he did some real nice things in terms of running the football."
After BG tied the game with a field goal in the first quarter, Wiley took the ensuing kickoff two yards deep in the end zone and eluded and leapt over defenders on the way to a score.
The Buckeyes led 24-13 at halftime and added two touchdown receptions by David Boston of 6 and 7 yards and two Dan Stultz field goals of 27 and 32 yards in the second half.
"I like returning kicks," Wiley said. "We practiced it all week long, and Coach Cooper said we might be able to break one."
Ohio State improved to 2-0 despite four first-half fumbles by four different players.
"This game is a success because we won the game," Cooper said. "But obviously we cannot make those kind of mistakes against some of the teams we're going to play down the road, and I don't expect us to make those mistakes."
1986: No. 17 Washington 40, No. 10 Ohio State 7 Head coach Earle Bruce said it all after his Buckeyes suffered a lopsided defeat at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash.
"Nothing good happened for Ohio State and everything right happened for Washington," Bruce told BSB. "We made a lot of mistakes and they capitalized on them. The things that hurt us were the turnovers and the penalties."
Three Ohio State fumbles led to 17 Washington points, and the Buckeye offense never found traction. Only a second-half 9-yard touchdown reception by Cris Carter from quarterback Jim Karsatos prevented a shutout.
Washington dominated throughout and finished with 408 yards of total offense. Conversely, Ohio State compiled only 186 yards. The Huskies and Buckeyes played a scoreless first quarter, but 24 second-quarter points by Washington blew the game open.
1980: No. 1 Ohio State 31, Syracuse 21 The Buckeyes rallied from a 21-9 halftime deficit in the '80 season opener.
Three Vlade Janakievski field goals were all OSU could manage in the first half, and the Orangemen defense kept the Buckeye offense off track. Things finally turned for Ohio State in the second half. The Buckeyes drove 80 yards on the first drive of the half, capped by a Doug Donley 47-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Art Schlichter. Ricky Johnson and Schlichter added touchdown runs of 4 and 10 yards to give OSU the lead for good.
After the game, new head coach Earle Bruce presented Janakievski with the game ball the first he handed out since coming to OSU.
1975: No. 3 Ohio State 21, No. 11 Michigan State 0 In one of the most highly publicized Big Ten openers in history, the Buckeyes throttled the Spartans and earned some revenge in a shutout.
Michigan State stunned the No. 1 Buckeyes in 1974 in a 16-13 final at East Lansing, Mich. Ohio State still earned a Rose Bowl bid, but the loss to the Spartans increased the hype surrounding the '75 season opener.
The Buckeyes held MSU to 173 yards of total offense. Craig Cassady, son of Heisman winner Hopalong Cassady, tied a single-game school record with three interceptions in what was his first start.
Ohio State started the scoring in the second quarter when Pete Johnson capped a 57-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. The Buckeyes doubled their lead on a Lenny Willis 64-yard touchdown catch from Cornelius Greene.
Johnson added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring on another 6-yard run.
Archie Griffin led all rushers with 108 yards.