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Buckeyes Add Longhorns to Schedule for 2022-23
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s a long way off, but Ohio State fans can start marking their calendars for the 2022 and 2023 seasons. That’s when the Buckeyes will play their next football series against the University of Texas, Ohio State announced on Wednesday evening.

The two schools, which last met in the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, have agreed to a home-and-home football series that will have the two teams playing in Austin, Texas, in 2022 and in Columbus in 2023.

“Playing a program like the University of Texas always creates remarkable experiences for our players and fans,” Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith said in a statement.

“Our last series with the Longhorns contributed to the great history and tradition that Buckeye Nation enjoys.”

The Buckeyes and Longhorns played a home-and-home series back in 2005 and 2006, with Texas winning the first game in Columbus and Ohio State returning the favor down in Austin the following year.

Heisman Trophy candidate Vince Young led the Longhorns to a come-from-behind victory in Ohio Stadium with his 24-yard touchdown pass to Limas Sweed in the final three minutes of the game. The Buckeyes had a 22-16 lead heading into the fourth quarter thanks to a 26-yard Josh Huston field goal, and in spite of the fact OSU head coach Jim Tressel opted not to start quarterback Troy Smith coming off his two-game suspension.

Smith was in the lineup the following year, when the No. 1-ranked Buckeyes took care of business against the defending national champions on their home field. The eventual Heisman Trophy winner, Smith threw for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Antonio Pittman did most of the work on the ground.

Wideout Anthony Gonzalez had a breakout performance with eight catches for 142 yards and a score, while linebacker James Laurinaitis made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball. The OSU defense held Jamal Charles and Colt McCoy in check for a 24-7 win at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

McCoy would get his revenge two years later, defeating the Buckeyes on a last-second touchdown pass to Quan Cosby in a tightly-contested Fiesta Bowl. Todd Boeckman did the passing and Beanie Wells did most of the rushing, as the Buckeyes overcome a slow start from rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor did catch a touchdown pass from Boeckman in the fourth quarter, and Boom Herron scored the go-ahead touchdown with just 2:05 to play, but Ohio State’s defense could not prevent McCoy from methodically driving his team down the field for the win with just 16 seconds on the clock.

McCoy will be 36 with these two teams meet again in Austin during the 2022 season. Urban Meyer will be 58 and Texas coach Mack Brown will be 71 years old. The games will be played Sept. 17, 2022 in Texas Stadium and Sept. 16, 2023 in Ohio Stadium.

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