Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Germaine Was Arizona State's Loss, Ohio State's Gain

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Germaine Was Arizona State's Loss, Ohio State's Gain

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Joe Germaine's long journey from No. 3 quarterback to bloodied second-half Rose Bowl starter ended in victory Wednesday when No. 4 Ohio State beat No. 2 Arizona State 20-17.

Germaine wasn't yet born in 1974 when the Buckeyes last celebrated in Pasadena. They would lose four straight Rose Bowls over the next 22 years before the youthful-looking Germaine directed the winning drive with 19 seconds remaining.

The Buckeyes can thank Arizona State for having Germaine at all. He grew up 10 minutes from ASU's Tempe campus in Mesa, where he was a standout defensive back and quarterback in high school. The Sun Devils recruited him for his defense, but Germaine dreamed of playing quarterback for a major college team. "I was recruited, but things just didn't work out there. I have no regrets. I'm happy to be at Ohio State," said Germaine, whose family had season tickets for ASU football. "It's kind of ironic how things worked out. We met up against each other in the Rose Bowl. It's a good feeling to win no matter who you play." He attended Scottsdale Community College for a year before transferring to Ohio State in 1995. He redshirted that year and ran the scout team. But Germaine's success was far from assured. The sophomore began fall workouts as the third-rated quarterback. He moved up to No. 2 after Mark Garcia was hurt in August. Germaine was a reserve in the Buckeyes' first 10 games and didn't earn his first career start until Nov. 23 against Michigan. It was memorable for one thing - a loss. Ohio State, then ranked second, got beat 13-9, and Germaine was intercepted on the Buckeyes' final possession. He and Stanley Jackson split time directing an offense that didn't score a touchdown in the game. Germaine's luck hardly improved upon arriving in Pasadena. Coach John Cooper decided Jackson would start the Rose Bowl, with Germaine coming off the bench. …

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