On this date in Ohio State football: Sept. 18, 2013

Ray Stein
Buckeye Xtra
Ohio State split end Joey Galloway (7) is lifted into the air by Juan Porter (65) after his second quarter touchdown against Michigan State during the 1993 season. [File photo]

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

Ohio State 63, Pittsburgh 28

Setup: John Cooper's sixth Ohio State team was coming off an easy win over Rice and a victory over No. 12 Washington in a raucous night game in the 'Shoe. Week 3 called for the Buckeyes to travel to dilapidated Pitt Stadium, the site of a humiliating 42-10 loss in Cooper's second game as coach. The shoe was on the other foot this time.

Stars: Joey Galloway scored three touchdowns, Eddie George added two and Butler By'not'e returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a score to jump-start the proceedings on a day when OSU finished with 502 yards.

Turning point: The return by By'not'e was followed in quick succession by four more scores on the Buckeyes' first 21 plays from scrimmage as they raced to a 35-0 lead before the second quarter was a minute old. Pitt's four TDs came in garbage time — the entire second half.

Impact: The Buckeyes started 8-0 and enjoyed their best season under Cooper — although "enjoy" is not the verb most fans would use to describe the aftertaste of a season-ending, 28-0 loss to Michigan that denied Ohio State an outright Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl bid.

Quotable: "John Cooper and I, I would consider (us) friends. ... I have a lot of respect for John. He has his best team, he thinks, and who am I to disagree?" — Pitt coach Johnny Majors, who could offer no excuses for his team's thrashing.

rstein@dispatch.com

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