Usually, the Buckeyes race onto the field from the tunnel led by four students carrying large flags that spell out O-H-I-O. Before last night's, however, one of the flags got snagged on the ground, tripping a cheerleader and sending several players sprawling. While the players did their best to avoid trampling the helpless rah-rah to death, the Spirit Squad was left missing an "O."
Getty Images photographer Tom Pennington got three images of the pompom carnage and the heroic attempts of a male cheerleader who tried to help.
The horror... the horror.
Things ended up OK for everyone involved. Yay team!
Our Cheerleader is ok. Just a miscommunication with the team runout and the producers but everyone is ready for the second half !
— OSU Spirit Squad (@OSU_SpiritSquad) January 13, 2015