For the first time since taking over as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the 2012 season, head coach Urban Meyer lost a game with the Buckeyes.
Meyer went 12-0 in 2012, but the Buckeyes were on probation and therefore did not play in a bowl game. Meyer completed another undefeated regular season in 2012, but lost to the Michigan State Spartans 34-24 in the Big 10 Championship game with a spot in the BCS National Championship game on the line.
Although the Buckeyes will still be in a BCS game when they take on the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl, they are obviously disappointed.
Meyer even admitted he does not handle losing well.
“I’ve never, no, I’ve never handled it well. Awful loser,” Meyer said recently via ESPN.com. “I guess I’d rather be known as that than as a good loser.”
Meyer is pleased with his team’s run, but never wants to get too comfortable.
“We went on a nice run, and I kept reminding myself through the journey to enjoy this thing, man. Keep drinking that Kool-Aid, [because] someday you might have an empty glass,” Meyer said. “You don’t want to live your life always knowing that some pin is going to pop the balloon. But I did enjoy every one of those wins.”