In college you experience many things. You deal with homework, stress, tests, and much more, but the one thing you will always remember is your football team. Every season even the non-football watchers get caught up in the excitement of the game. To a college student Saturday is the best day of the week because they get the cheer on their favorite team. My first college experience was going to my first Ohio State football game.
On September 16, 2006, I walked into the horseshoe for my very first time. That day we played the Cinnicanti Bear Cats. Yes, I know it wasn’t a big game but just being there was amazing. I got to experience my first game with my grandfather who is a die hard Ohio State fan. Going with him I knew he would show me a wonderful time.
The day before I came home from work and my step father asked me what I was doing on the 16th. I told him I was free and then he handed me his ticket to the game. I think my face light up all different colors and I said I would go. That night I think I told everyone I knew, and I could barely sleep. That next morning I woke up extra early and got ready. Around 11 o’clock I left my house to drive 45 minutes to my grandfather’s office. When I arrived there I was 15 minutes early, and at 12 o’clock we left, went to the post office, and then we were on the road to head to the game. We pulled into the parking lot and I saw a long line waiting to get onto the bus. We didn’t have to wait too long for the bus. Getting onto the bus there were a lot of people, but they were all OSU fans. I talked to the couple next to me while we drove through the college campus.
As we pulled up to the stadium in the bus, I saw thousands of people in line wearing mostly scarlet and gray. When we got through the line and walked up many stairs we saw the sign for B deck. When we found our seats, we could see the field, and it was under the shade which was the perfect spot. As I looked around the stadium I saw thousands of people, old, young, Ohio state fans, and the opponent’s fans. As I looked at the score board we had 14 minutes till the game started and the band entered the field. While they were entertaining the crowd they began to get into the script Ohio formation. When I saw this I was in heaven, I always wanted to see it in person.
After the 14 minutes ran down the clock the crowd went wild. The Bear Cat’s came out first and we heard a few screams but mostly boos. Then the crowd went silent and we saw the buckeyes enter the field and the whole stadium went crazy. As we watched them warm up I got more pumped then ever. A man’s voice came on the loud speaker and asked us to stand for the national anthem; after we finished the anthem, Carmen Ohio came on the play board. We could see the team getting pumped up. After all the songs were over the teams flipped the coin and the game was ready to get started. When the teams entered the field to start the game, my heart sank into my stomach. The Bear Cat’s got the ball first.
When the ball was in the bear cat’s hands I wanted to see what my team could do.
Ohio State stopped them a couple of times and then the unbelievable happened, the Bear Cats scored. As I looked at the score board is said OSU zero, cinnicanti six, and then they lined up to get the extra point and the score changed from six to seven. My grandfather said “Oh this is a nice way to start the game.” When we got the ball all I wanted OSU to go is score.
After the bear cat’s scored I knew our team would not disappoint us. The Bear Cat’s kicked the ball and it went into Ginn’s hands and after that point I knew it would be a good game. The first and second quarter was long because of all the penalties, but it was still the best experience ever we scored and were ahead of the Bear Cats. When half time came around my grandfather and I went to go get a hot dog and something to drink. We went back to our seats and walked the half time show. I was talking to the lady next to me who knew my grandfather and asked if it was my first game. I told her yes, and after that we just talked through the rest of half time. At the beginning of the second half Ohio State really kicked it up, we scored more and more, we left cinnicanti in the dust. The final score of the game was 37 to 7 and of course Ohio State won.
Walking out of the stadium we left two minutes early just to get to the bus on time. We caught the first bus and everyone was talking about the game. We drove back the same we came. The bus ride was only 15 minutes but I saw all kinds of college students outside playing football and celebrating. When we got to our parking lot, we headed to the car and drove back to my grandfather office. On the way home I listened to the radio talking about the game and all I wanted to do was call in and tell them that I was there. When I arrived home I walked in the door and immediately started talking about how much fun I had and how it was such a great experience. I will never forget the day I stepped foot into the horseshoe.
Saturday to a college student is the best day of the week. It’s the day they have been waiting for since last Saturday. Saturdays are the day they can dress as crazy as possible and know there will be thousands of other people the same way. College football makes college life, its one of the things you will always remember. Saturdays are the days that a thousands people become friends, they unite over the game and cheer on their team. Students get pumped up listening to their fight song being played by the best damn band in the land, while watching the best damn team in the land, and they get to be the best damn fans in the land. Saturdays are what makes college.
College football is a major thing to some college students, especially Ohio State football. Everyone that is not in college gets caught up in watching our team doing what they do best. Every Saturday during the season old and young get along as long as they are Ohio State fans. When the game is over people still talk about it, they news shows clips and talk about the big victory. The Michigan game is the one game the students get really pumped up for. If we beat them then we are complete. College football is one of the many things college students experience together.
My first experience of the horseshoe ties together my whole college life. Its something a college student should do in their college career. I will never forget my first time at the horseshoe, but I know I will return many times. My experience was my first time and as a college freshman, and to me that’s what made me a true Ohio State college student.