Great OSU Moments: Tomczak leads game-winning drive in ’84 Fiesta Bowl


With a storied tradition like Ohio State's, it's tough to pick some of the Buckeyes' most memorable games.

But let's start at the 1984 Fiesta Bowl when the Buckeyes took on Pittsburgh when the Panthers still mattered.

Leading most of the game, the Buckeyes still had to rally to take down the John Congemi-led Panthers. Pitt scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to take a 23-21 lead with 2:39 remaining in the game.

Somehow Mike Tomczak guided OSU on an 89-yard game-winning drive that was capped by a 39-yard toss to Thad Jemison with 39 seconds left for a 28-23 win.

Let's not forget the strong performance by Keith Byars, who rushed for a touchdown and returned a kick for a TD.

OSU finished 9-3 and ranked eighth in the Coaches Poll.