There will always only be one version of “The Game,” the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan. But in recent years, the Buckeyes have found another difficult foe in Penn State. Last year, following the season, the Ohio State video team released a video entitled “The Brotherhood” that gave a behind-the-scenes look at the Scarlet and Gray’s epic comeback win over the Nittany Lions.
Well, prepare for another one. On Wednesday, Ohio State’s video team released “The Brotherhood Part II.” In similar fashion to last year’s video, this one takes fans inside the Buckeye locker room and on the field before, during and after the team’s Sept. 29 trip to Beaver Stadium to face Penn State’s famed “White Out” crowd.
Once again, the Scarlet and Gray found themselves trailing in the game and had to battle back. And once again, Ohio State was able to do that, defeating the Nittany Lions 27-26.
The video starts with shots around Beaver Stadium and the Buckeyes exiting the bus with Reba McEntire’s “Oh Happy Day” playing in the background. Then it goes into highlight mode, beginning with the warmups and pre-game speeches in the locker room before the teams took the field.
“Win the moment,” co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson tells his team. “The moment is one play at a time.”
“That love of the brotherhood, that will prevail tonight,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano says.
The highlights begin with Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit’s ABC call providing the audio for each big play, both for Ohio State and Penn State.
With the Buckeyes trailing 13-7 at halftime, the video takes the viewer into the locker room as the Scarlet and Gray looked to regroup.
“Hey, come here. I’ve got something to say,” fifth-year senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin gathers his team before they head back on to the field. “I ain’t gonna go back there. 2016, I’ve seen the video where they thought they had us right where they wanted us. Right now. They think they’ve got us right where they want us. I’ve seen tears going in people’s eyes when we came into this locker room. That’s not going to happen today. Everybody just do their job. We are good. We’ve been here before.”
You know how the rest plays out. Trailing 26-14, Dwayne Haskins found Binjimen Victor for the first down. But Victor wasn’t done, following his blockers for a winding 47-yard touchdown. The Buckeye defense got a big stop but the offense got the ball back backed up on their own four-yard line. Eight plays later, Ohio State had moved 96 yards as K.J. Hill high stepped into the end zone for the lead.
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It’s a long video, but it shows the true fight this Buckeye team had in that game and captures every angle of the thrilling comeback win in State College.