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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Savoring The Streak Over "That Team Up North": A Look Back At 2005

Happy Thanksgiving! Best wishes to you and your families for a safe and blessed holiday. Today's post remembers the 2005 Ohio State/Michigan game that Ohio State won, 25-21.

Needing a victory over their hated rival to remain in contention for a BCS bowl bid (which eventually turned out to be The Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame), Ohio State traveled to Ann Arbor for an opportunity to earn a share of The Big Ten title with Penn State. Almost immediately, Ohio State was at a disadvantage defensively, as senior LB Bobby Carpenter sustained a broken ankle, forcing inexperienced LB James Laurinaitis into the contest as his replacement.

QB Troy Smith had a tremendous game against Michigan in 2004, but the 2005 game against Michigan was where Smith emerged as one of the players to watch in 2006 as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate. The 2005 game was going to be forever defined by "The Catch", the big play between Troy Smith and WR Anthony Gonzalez, with under a minute remaining...

Below is a recap of this contest, thanks to

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