Taking a look back at a game Ohio State played on this date:

Ohio State 27, Iowa 24 (OT)

Setup: In the days before the Big Ten had divisions — East-West, Leaders-Legends — the 11-team conference crowned its champion based on which team had the best record after eight league games. In 2009, the title came down to Ohio State and Iowa, each of which was 5-1 in the league entering a late-afternoon game in the Horseshoe. To the winner: a Rose Bowl bid.

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Stars: Running backs Brandon Saine (103) and Daniel Herron (97) combined for 200 yards and three touchdowns rushing as OSU grabbed a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. But ultraconservative play-calling by the Buckeyes helped Iowa rally to overtime, where walk-on kicker Devin Barclay won the game with a 39-yard field goal.

Turning point: Iowa had the momentum headed to OT, but Ohio State won the toss and chose to play defense. Good call. A 6-yard tackle for loss by Austin Spitler and a sack by Doug Worthington forced the Hawkeyes out of field-goal range, and Anderson Russell intercepted a pass on fourth down. Three up-the-gut runs by the Buckeyes — coach Jim Tressel's favorite call on this day — brought on Barclay, a 26-year-old former Crew player who had missed badly from 47 yards in the fourth quarter.

Impact: The win gave Ohio State at least a piece of its fifth of what would be six straight conference championships, a remarkable achievement even in a down Big Ten. The Buckeyes thumped Michigan the following week and later reaped their reward by making their only Rose Bowl appearance in the six-year run. OSU's first Pasadena visit since the 1996 season with a 26-17 win over Oregon.

Quotable: "We did it, baby! We won! These guys up here, we've got five rings now. We did it!" — Ohio State offensive lineman and captain Jim Cordle, ratcheting up the excitement in an all-business postgame news conference in which he dumped a cup of water on his head before speaking.

rstein@dispatch.com