Indiana has not won in its home stadium against Ohio State since the 1988 season (41-7 on 10/08/1988; John Cooper’s first season as Ohio State’s head coach), and the last tie game in Memorial Stadium was 1990 (27-27 on 10/13/1990). Since the 1992 game, Ohio State has averaged 32 points to Indiana’s 12 points in all of the games played in Memorial Stadium (see below):
Compounding Indiana’s frustration in this series is the fact that Memorial Stadium is commonly taken over by traveling Ohio State fans. For example, in the 2005 contest, Ohio State fans began their “O-H-I-O” chant throughout Memorial Stadium, much to the frustration of then-Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner. The 1996 contest in Memorial Stadium propelled Ohio State to the Rose Bowl and Ohio State fans stormed the field and tore down Indiana’s goal posts.
Will Memorial Stadium be another Buckeye haven this coming weekend? It will be interesting to find out if chants of “O-H-I-O” are evident during the Big Ten Network’s broadcast Saturday night.