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In This Era, Rose Bowl Still Lofty Goal

OSU celebrated in style in 2007.

Ohio State has been to the national championship game three times since its last Rose Bowl appearance in 1996, and perhaps absence has made the heart grow fonder. The Buckeyes questioned this week, prior to this week's de facto Big Ten title game against Iowa, talked about Rose Bowl memories and what it would mean to finally take a trip to Pasadena.

In 1996, Ohio State clinched a Rose Bowl berth with a nail-biting, closer-than-expected win at Indiana in the season's penultimate game. Two years ago, the Buckeyes thought they had punched their ticket to Pasadena by clinching the Big Ten title on the Michigan Stadium field. The common thread between those two games? The Buckeyes' traditional rose celebration took place on the opposing field...

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