Ohio State football to honor 2002 national championship team against Notre Dame

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch
Coach Jim Tressel and the 2002 team are congratulated by the crowd at Ohio Stadium on Nov. 24, 2012.

Ohio State will honor its 2002 football national championship team when it opens the season against Notre Dame on Sept. 3.

Details regarding promotions for games in September were posted on the school’s website Monday.

The celebration to be held during the game commemorates the 20-year anniversary of the Buckeyes’ BCS championship.

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The team was previously honored in 2012 for its 10-year anniversary, recognized during the final game of the season against Michigan. Between the first and second quarters, the Buckeyes received a standing ovation and players lifted former coach Jim Tressel on their shoulders amid the cheers.

The national championship in 2002, culminating with a dramatic double-overtime upset of Miami, marked Ohio State’s first widely recognized title since 1968.

Other promotions for the season include the Athletics Hall of Fame celebration against Arkansas State on Sept. 10 and a performance by the alumni band against Toledo on Sept. 17. Fans are also being encouraged to wear black as part of a "blackout" at Ohio Stadium for a matchup against Wisconsin on Sept. 24.

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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