Most football enthusiast knew without a doubt that the Ohio State Buckeyes would come out on top against Florida A&M. However, no one had a clue the quietus in Ohio Stadium would be so mortifying. Not only did Ohio State win the game, they went for the gusto wiping the FAMU Rattlers out in a 76-0 mismatch victory.
This particular victory was one for the record books going down in history for both teams. FAMU, who implemented football into their athletic department in 1899, has never been hammered by so many points. Ohio State, on the other hand, hasn’t had a victory of such magnitude since their 1935 win over Drake when they put a whopping 85 points on the board to Drake’s mere 7.
Nothing about this particular game was ordinary. The first few minutes of the game kicked everything off with a bizarre spin. FAMU’s Patrick Aiken picked off QB Kenny Guiton’s touch down pass attempt in the end zone. Aiken opted to run the ball to the 7-yard line, but the interception was short lived, as he fumbled the ball back to the Buckeyes’ two-yard line. The very next play resulted in the Buckeyes’ scoring the first of many touchdowns.
In the first 6 minutes of the game, the Buckeyes (4-0) put up 21 in points. Guiton had already thrown 24 of 34 passes, gaining 215 yards. By the end of the first quarter, they had put 34 points on the board, which was more than Florida A&M had accumulated in yardage. Four touchdowns had been thrown by the end of the first quarter. The Rattlers didn’t produce even a first down until the middle of the second quarter. By that time, they were already down by 48. Then, at halftime, the Buckeyes had managed to yield a staggering 55 points.
While the number on the scoreboard was definitely not the norm, the win didn’t even seem like a laudable feat. By just halftime, it could be best-described as complete overkill. However EPSN reports, Coach Earl Holmes, head of the FAMU Rattlers, made a point of expressing his keen sportsmanship toward the game. “We don’t want a pity party. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t expect the coach to kneel. You play the game. You play for 60 minutes.” In a nutshell, Holmes just reiterated that the Buckeyes didn’t just run the score up. They simply played the game with excellent precision.
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