On Tuesday, Ohio State and coach Urban Meyer got a very nice welcome when they arrived home. Bookmaker software services saw that they were treated as heroes, and with very good reason.
The Buckeyes were greeted by approximately 75 fans at the airport in Columbus, Ohio, after they beat the Oregon Ducks 42-20 in college football’s national championship game in Dallas on Monday night.
Meyer walked to the crowd that was gathered in the airport, signed some autographs and shook hands with fans. His players, which include Ezekiel Elliott, MVP for the championship game, passed around some high-fives.
The Buckeyes slapped hands with supporters, who were hustled up in gray and scarlet coats and hats at the airport in Columbus, with the weather at 20 degrees.
Ashville’s Tracy Stasiulewicz was teary eyed, just like when the game ended on Monday night.
“We know their names. We’ve seen them play the whole time,” said Stasiulewicz. “To me, it’s very emotional.”
Ohio State, who proved the doubters wrong and won the title as they played without two starting QB’s because of injuries, got the playoff’s last spot. They were able to beat Alabama as well as Oregon with the services of QB Cardale Jones, who was playing as a third-string QB for the Buckeyes when fall camp got underway.
“You’ll never see anything like that again,” said fan Ron Chapman.
“It’s a great story to tell children about how to overcome adversity,” added Judy, his wife.
There were some autographs signed before the team got in buses for their short return to the school, where approximately 100 people waited to meet the Buckeyes.
On Tuesday, the school said that they were working to make a formal party for the champions.
The crowd was cheering as players went to the fans, and some them were waiting for an hour outside.
“I have goose bumps, and it’s not from the cold,” said fan Kim McMillen.
Beallsville’s Terry Hickman was driving for over two hours so he could see the Buckeyes. At Ohio Stadium, he used to volunteer for two decades as an usher, and admitted that this season his faith started wavering when Ohio State were struggling early during the season, but bookmaker software services believe that things did not turn out so bad. After all, they did win the national championship, so perhaps things went pretty well for the Buckeyes.
“They’ve overcome a lot of adversity and injuries,” he said. “They bought into the program.”