In Ryan Day's first season as head coach, Ohio State ran off 11 straight wins to start the season. By the time November 30, 2019 rolled around, they were the top ranked team in the country. Michigan entered The Game as the 13rd ranked team in the land, and would host the Buckeyes at the Big House. Ohio State scored 14 points in each of the four quarters and used a big second quarter to pull away from the Wolverines in a 56-27 win. It extended Ryan Day's winning streak to 15 games overall and gave him a victory in his rivalry debut. It also propelled the Buckeyes to the Big Ten Championship and eventually a spot in the College Football Playoff.
These Gold Pants were awarded to a former starting Linebacker after Ohio State's 29-point win. The recipient's initials and uniform number have been blurred digitally to protect his identity.