Every Ohio State football game at Ohio Stadium provides a memorable moment for someone.
Be it a long-time fan finally seeing his Buckeyes in person for the first time, a young fan blown away by the pomp and circumstance of ramp entrance and Script Ohio or a die-hard soaking in the joy of a win over Michigan, there is someone experiencing a "moment" in the 'Shoe almost every Saturday.
Then came the Purdue game of 2012 when everyone who had the patience and faith to stay in their seat through four quarters and an overtime was rewarded with a memory frozen in Buckeye lore as solidly as the Snow Bowl of 1950.
I did not see the Snow Bowl. I was not covering the team during their perfect season of 1968 and I didn't see an Ohio State-Michigan game until 1994.
But. I was standing on the sideline in January of 1997 when Joe Germaine hit David Boston with the touchdown pass that won the Rose Bowl. I was on the Buckeye sideline when Craig Krenzel hit Michael Jenkins to beat Purdue in 2002. Later that season, I was in the south end zone when Will Allen picked off the pass to secure the win over Michigan and the perfect 12-0 season.
I rushed the field to interview Michael Doss seconds after the Buckeyes beat Miami in double overtime to win the National Championship.
More recently, I was standing at the 29-yard line when Devin Barclay nailed a 39-yard field goal to give Ohio State a last second win over Iowa and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
I've had some moments covering the Buckeyes.
But, I've never seen anything like what I saw Saturday.
For most of the afternoon, the day wavered between ordinary and disappointing.
There were empty seats, marginal weather, a ho-hum conference opponent with no stars to either heckle or be concerned with.
The coach's promise to do something about the big plays allowed by the defense was broken on Purdue's first possession and with the exception of 3 minutes and 52 seconds of the third quarter the Buckeyes were behind for the whole game.
Braxton Miller, the do-everything, Heisman-trophy candidate starting quarterback was not just knocked out, but knocked out of the game, carted off the field and transported to the hospital after a wicked hit in the third qaurter.
A Purdue safety with 10:11 left in the game was the final straw. It gave Purdue an 8-point lead and sent about 25,000 of the announced crowd of 105,290 to the parking lots, the Varsity Club or Ohio Route 315 in search of something easier to digest.
The "let's-beat-the-traffic" crowd looked like geniuses when the back-up quarterback threw an interception giving Purdue the ball back with an 8-point lead and only 2:40 left in the game.
But Purdue couldn't finish the job, opening the door to the legend's room at Ohio Stadium and offering Kenny Guiton a chance to walk through.
Guiton plays in shadow of Braxton Miller but on this late Saturday afternoon, the sun would shine on him and everyone else who never let go of the rope.
Guiton and the Buckeyes got the ball back with 47 seconds left on the clock, 61 yards away from the Purdue endzone.
They needed not only to cover the 61 yards and get a touchdown. They needed to do it without their starting quarterback, a starting receiver and without any time outs.
A few years ago, a football movie (Touchback) was shot at Ohio Stadium during breaks in the action as Ohio State-Purdue game.
This was no movie. The script and all the actors were real. The ending certainly worthy of Hollywood.
Guiton's first pass was to Devin Smith for 39 yards. It took only 14 seconds off the clock and was probably the first play that had the patrons at the Varsity Club out of their seats and headed back toward the stadium.
Next, an 8-yard completion to Evan Spencer which brought the ball to the Purdue 14-yard line. 28 seconds left.
An incomplete pass, a three-yard run and a spike to stop the clock left the Buckeyes with 15 seconds to go 11 yards. Anyone sprinting back from the VC had just cross Woody Hayes Drive.
Then, two passes to Spencer. The first was incomplete, the second drew a pass interference call that put the ball on the 2 with 8 seconds left. The Varsity Club crew had reached the stadium.
The next two plays go on Kenny Guiton's permanent record.
Eddie George has his touchdown run against Notre Dame. Troy Smith, the TD pass to Brian Robiskie against Penn State.
Kenny Guiton won't win the Heisman, but his 2-yard TD pass to Chris Fields followed by his pass to Jeff Heuerman for the game tying two-point conversion will be remembered every bit as fondly by those who remained (or returned) to see it live.
Predictably, the Buckeyes scored easily in overtime and kept Purdue from seriously threatening to produce any drama of their own.
Ohio State wins it 29-22 to remain unbeaten.
Urban Meyer remained perfect as head coach and became the first Ohio State coach to dance in public with his players since Jim O'Brien and his basketball Buckeyes locked up a spot in the Final Four in 1999.
Meyer's impromptu, Tiger-Woods-like fist pumps just prior to the traditional game capping singing of the Alma Mater provided the emotional exclamation point for this win.
The Buckeyes didn't play the perfect game, but they were still perfect.
And for anyone who witnessed it, this Buckeye memory will only get more perfect with time.