COLUMBUS, Ohio – Why was this game played?
Dig through the $900,000 payout and the 50-point spread and the band that didn’t come and the structure that leads small schools to sell themselves to big schools, and maybe Ohio State’s 76-0 win over Florida A&M on Saturday was for Kato Mitchell.
“It was one of the best moments of my life, for real,” Mitchell said.
Maybe even Mitchell would understand why Saturday may have been the last worst game in Ohio Stadium history, and why everyone involved should gladly bury the memory of the biggest loss in FAMU history and hope Ohio Stadium never again hosts another day of football like this.
An announced crowd of 103,595 wasn’t really that, but OSU fans did fill the Horseshoe a little more than expected, more than for the Troy game after the USC road loss in 2008. When it was 34-0 after the first quarter, and the Buckeyes had failed on a two-point conversion and thrown 23 passes and even turned an interception in the endzone into a plus after the FAMU cornerback fumbled, fans maybe wondered what to do.
FAMU goes through this every year, sent to losses at Oklahoma last year and South Florida the year before and Miami the year before. It never gets easy, but the Rattlers have played this role. Ohio State hadn’t beaten an opponent this badly since an 85-7 win over Drake in 1935. Anyone under the age of 80 wouldn’t remember dealing with an OSU game like this.