Across the Field

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

"(Fight The Team) Across the Field" is the older of two fight songs of Ohio State University. Although the lyrics reference football heroics and was composed by the football team's varsity manager, the song is used by Buckeye teams of all sports. The song first appeared before the October 16, 1915, game against Illinois.[1]

From the Ohio State University Marching Band's original web-site, as given by Nick Metrowsky: "In 1915, OSU student William A. Dougherty, Jr., set out to write the perfect fight song for his alma mater. While "Carmen Ohio" was already firmly in place as OSU's school song, Dougherty felt that something more exciting was needed for pep rallies and football games. And so 'Fight the Team Across the Field' was born."

It is not played after touchdowns; that distinction is reserved for "Buckeye Battle Cry". It is played as part of the traditional pregame show as well as marching off the field after halftime performances by the band, among other uses.

This song has been adapted by many other universities and high schools in the United States.

Other uses[edit]

Various high schools also use this song as their fight song. While the music is the same, the words are changed to fit the school playing the song (for example, the line "show them Ohio's here" is changed to "show them that Turpin's here." when the song is played by Turpin High).

High schools that use this song include:

Additionally, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington uses the tune as its fight song.[2]


  1. ^ Walsh, Christopher (2009). Ohio State Football Football Huddleup, Triumph Books (Random House, Inc.), ISBN 978-1-60078-186-5, p. 86.
  2. ^