On this date in Ohio State football: Sept. 19, 1988
Taking a look back at a game Ohio State played on this date:
Ohio State 35, Missouri 14
Setup: The 1998 Buckeyes were a preseason No. 1 who opened with a solid win at West Virginia, followed with a home shutout of an overmatched opponent in Toledo and in its third game hosted an unbeaten team with some offensive bona fides. Missouri brought name recognition, too, largely based on the Tigers' membership in the Big 12.
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Stars: First-year starting tailback Michael Wiley churned out a career-best 209 yards on 24 carries and scored twice to lead an Ohio State offense that rolled up 531 yards, including 320 on the ground. Receiver David Boston added nine catches for 112 yards.
Turning point: Thanks to two turnovers, including a Joe Germaine fumble returned for a touchdown, OSU trailed 14-13 at halftime despite doubling Mizzou's yardage output. The Buckeyes got down to hard-nosed business in the third quarter with a 10-play drive capped by Joe Montgomery's 6-yard scoring run. A two-point conversion made it 21-14, but Missouri soon was driving toward a tie. On a fourth-and-1 play from the OSU 32, Mizzou quarterback Corby Jones picked up 7 yards but he fumbled after being hit by Joe Brown and Damon Moore, and OSU's Ahmed Plummer recovered. Wiley scored 10 plays later to make it 28-14.
Impact: Forget Missouri's No. 21 ranking — the natives were somewhat restless that their world-beating Buckeyes had trailed at the half against a 25-point underdog. Experience and skill had won the day in the end, but a matchup to open the Big Ten season against unbeaten Penn State loomed two weeks hence.
Quotable: "You're looking at a proud football coach. We've got the idea from the media and the coaches and the fans around here that we're going to beat up on everybody we play and you saw today what can happen." — Ohio State coach John Cooper, suggesting that a high ranking will take a team only so far.