The sheer size of The Ohio State University can be intimidating.
The power and talent of the institution's football program has been intimidating and overpowering opponents for decades. Just ask the unfortunate chaps from Florida A&M.
But Saturday, big, strong, overpowering Ohio State got down on one knee and showed its softer side.
Before the game against Florida A&M, Ohio State guided more than 100-thousand people through a moment of silence.
The reflective moment was not for a former coach or player. It was not for a big donor or a former Governor.
The moment of silence was for an Ohio State student who lost her life in a car accident earlier in the week.
Maria Tiberi was 21-years old. She is the daughter of Dom and Terri Tiberi. Dom's connection to Ohio State is just this side of family.
Ohio State completed that connection with its brief and touching tribute before the game.
The players remembered Maria by wearing her initials on their helmets. Urban Meyer wore her initials on a button worn on his jacket. The program was wearing its heart on its sleeve.
Journalists who cover the Buckeyes are frequently looked upon with disdain. Such is not the case with Dom. He's covered the Buckeyes for 30 years. He's covered coaches from Bruce to Meyer. Athletes from Atha to Zelina have been interviewed by Dom Tiberi.
Dom likely gave up a few family dinners to give the appropriate coverage to the Buckeye family.
Though it doesn't come close to taking the pain away, Ohio State and Coach Meyer did what they could to make sure Dom's real family knows his Ohio State family is hurting too.
The Buckeyes said thoughts of Maria helped motivate them as they beat FAMU 76-0.
Meyer didn't hesitate in the press room in the moments after the game,"With a heavy heart as a team, the Tiberi family is on my mind. I know I speak on behalf of myself and my staff. The family meant a lot to myself and other people; I didn't realize how many. We gave them a helmet and you wish you could do more for that family."
That quote from Urban Meyer was pure class. With Meyer leading the way, Ohio State showed a side of itself people should see more often.
It showed that the power of an institution can be used compassionately to help a family when its hurting.
It lived up to the words of its alma mater.
"How firm they friendship, Ohio."