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Buckeyes Honored to be Part of Saturday's Classic, 'You Don't Want to Beat Them by 40'
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS — What's better? A blowout win over your archrival or a come-from-behind, rip-their-hearts-out double-overtime thriller over your rivals that may never heal?

Ohio State got that blowout win last year in a 42-13 victory over Michigan, but how much longer do you think that win is going to be talked about? The 30-27 win this past Saturday over the Wolverines, however, will be talked about forever, and the Buckeyes know it.

To take part in a classic against the team up north -- and come out on top -- that is something that every Buckeye would love to have on their Wikipedia page.

"This is definitely what I waited for," said junior linebacker Chris Worley. "Even better is in order to get where they still wanted to go, where I wanted to go, the defense and the offense, you had to go through those guys. Those guys have had a heck of a season and they have some tremendous talent on that team. You don’t want it any other way. Honestly. You don’t want it any other way. You don’t want to beat them by 40. You want it to be a dog fight and that’s what it was and I’m truly thankful for the opportunity I got today."

Worley made the most of his opportunity, finishing with 11 tackles and helping the Ohio State run defense shut the Wolverines down. He was thankful to have taken part in such a battle, and he wasn't the only Buckeye linebacker who felt that way.

"This is probably my favorite win of all time that I’ve ever played in," middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan said. "Winning the national championship, the Sugar Bowl, beating Penn State on the road when I was a freshman, all those, I think this is the best game I’ve ever played in."

This was not one of those games that will go gently into the night. It will sit on a pedestal in the minds of Buckeyes and Buckeye fans, while it scratches and claws to stay firmly in the frontal lobes of the Michigan players and their now-scarred fans.

"This is The Rivalry," McMillan said. "This is the game that everybody who is an Ohio State fan or that team up north fan will remember for the rest of their lives. We went to double-overtime, in The ‘Shoe, number two vs. number three. It was one of those games that people will look back on and say it was a great game."

Only three days later and the game is still being talked about. Regardless of what happens the rest of the way, this game will be one of the signatures of the 2016 season. As well as one of the most memorable games this rivalry has ever seen.

"Coach Meyer said it was the best game he’s ever been a part of and it’s one that’s going to be remembered forever in this rivalry," sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said after the game. "I’m just glad to be a part of it. It’s a feeling I can’t describe."

Asked if he could describe his feelings upon seeing H-back Curtis Samuel reach the end zone in that second overtime, junior right guard Billy Price was able to sum up in one word what he was feeling at that exact moment.

"Accomplishment," he said after a pause. "Very, very proud. You’re proud to be a Buckeye in a game like this. A hard-fought win. Get the go-ahead score, the students storm the field. It’s just incredible."

"It’s amazing," Worley echoed. "I haven’t been in a locker room quite like that since I’ve been here after a game. What the game had at stake, going against those guys, you throw all that into perspective and it’s a dream come true. Truly blessed, this team is truly blessed. Only thing we can do is thank God."

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