Turfunderground plays ball at the Ohio State vs Michigan game

Welcome back to Turfunderground and the 19th hole. I made a trip home to Ohio State to see the last football game of the year between Ohio State and Michigan. It was an important game for the state of Ohio, and for my family as well. My grandfather, Paul Matus #10, played on the 1942 National Championship team for Coach Paul Brown. The team and Coach Brown were honored on the field during the first time out in the first quarter. This 1942 team was Ohio State’s first National Championship football team. Shortly after the last game, many players headed into World War II. To this day, there are only about 10 or 12 members of the 1942 team left. My grandfather is one of them. He was a National Champion, a pilot and a prisoner of war all within about 14 months.

Coach Tressel said, “We’re looking forward to the fact that we’re honoring that 1942 team, which one could argue that that’s when a great part of our tradition began in Ohio State football.” Coach Tressel believes that honoring the 1942 team will make the Ohio State/Michigan game just a little bit more special. “I think when you mention that football team and what they mean to our program and what they meant to our country, it just adds a little bit more.”

This high quality HD video below takes you to the last football game of the year between Ohio State and Michigan. In the video, I show you the traffic getting into the stadium, the pep rally with the band, kick off, touchdowns, Brutus acting up, and a very special tribute to Coach Paul Brown, his 1942 National Championship team and my grandfather. It was a great day and I enjoyed every minute with him. It did not hurt that the Buckeyes won big 37 to 7. This is a great video if you are an OSU fan. Michigan fans, not so much. Enjoy…

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  1. Lauren Matus says:

    Eric, I am so happy that you were there, and that you recorded it so all of us could share in the moment! I had goosebumps watching grandpa out there. Thank you so much for taking the time to film/produce/share this video!


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