This was actually the second new combination OSU ever wore and it came on a Thursday night in 2011 against a team the Pokes played (what felt like) 38 times in a three-year span.
Here’s a closer look at this combo:
Uniform No. 19: White-Black-Black
Worn: 2011 at home against Arizona
Result(s): 1-0 (37-14 win over Arizona)
White helmet: 3-0
Black tops: 2-0
Black pants: 1-0
The white helmets look sort of weird with the all black uniforms though I suppose any helmet other than an all black helmet would look weird with all black uniforms.
That being said, it’s tough to escape the greatness of the all blacks at home (or anywhere, really). Even with the white helmet tugging this one lower on the list than it should be it’s not a bad look — it just feels like an equipment manager forgot to do his job.
This was arguably Joe Randle’s greatest game, by the way. He had 24 touches for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns. This was the first game — a complete rout — you knew this team had a chance to be something special.
I asked Carson Cunningham — a uniform connoisseur himself — to start weighing in on these rankings so you would get a different side of the coin. Here’s his take:
Carson: These uniforms gave me flashbacks to the 90s.
This was the first time we saw the black uniforms, and it was a bit of a tease. Everyone wanted to see all-black. But, it had become a bit of a tradition that OSU wears the black-unis, white lid on Thursday night games. (Like Dan Bailey’s Colorado game-winner)
This is about where I would have these ranked. The black jersey and pants are too good, out-weighing the old, cue ball white helmet. The trim on the pants and jerseys really makes them pop. And the number really jumps out at you.
I’m a fan of any combo that includes mostly black, so this one gets a thumbs up.
As for the Arizona game, despite leading 21-0 at halftime it had a chance to get away from OSU if not for a brilliant fake punt call by Mike Gundy. Zona scored to make it 21-7 and Nick Foles was about to get the ball back. Quinn Sharp runs for 23 yards and a blowout ensues.
It could have been a much closer game if not for a healthy dose of Gundy Badger. Mike was overshadowed by #Weeden2Blackmon but he deserved a lot of credit for that 2011 season. That call was a prime example.
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