Ohio State kicked off season with annual spring football game

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The Ohio State University Buckeyes kicked off the new season with their annual Spring Game at noon on Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

Gray beat Scarlet 35 – 17.

The stadium capacity was at 76,000 with construction and renovation taking place in the north end of C Deck.

The game featured a Scarlet and a Gray team getting after each other through four, 10-minute quarters. Quarterbacks were “off limits” and wearing black jerseys. 

The second half featured a running clock. There was no live kicking, except for extra points and field goals.

The football was put in play at the 35 after the initial coin toss and all subsequent scores.

All punts were fair caught.

Eddie George, one of the all-time great players in Ohio State football history, was on the sidelines this weekend as the honorary captain for the game. 

“The team is thrilled to have Eddie George back in Ohio Stadium with them,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said. “This coaching staff is thrilled, as well. He is a tremendous representative of this school and this program and we are certainly honored that he’ll be able to take part in this spring game weekend.”  

George was considered the best player in college football in 1995. He was the recipient of the Heisman Memorial Trophy – Ohio State’s sixth recipient – and he also won the Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year honor and Big Ten MVP accolades. 

George still holds school records for most rushing yards in a season (1,927 in 1995) and game (314 vs. Illinois in 1995) and his 3,768 career yards rank third all-time. 

Ohio State’s two first-team All-Americans this past season, center Michael Jordan and defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones, were honored during the first timeout of the first quarter.

Members of the 2018 team received their Big Ten/Rose Bowl championship rings in between the first and second quarters.

Former Buckeyes, including current NFL Buckeyes, attending the game were recognized in the second quarter. 

The spring game was televised by the Big Ten Network with Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis and Bobby Carpenter describing the action.

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