This weekend’s memorable Peach Bowl battle between Georgia and Ohio State was the cherry atop a great year in college football.
It had everything. Drama. Suspense. Intrigue. And of course, a come-from-behind victory.
In addition to all those things, the outing also had one other factor that set it apart: a female Ohio State fan who captured the attention of a nation.
In the closing seconds of the match-up, this young woman flashed across the screen:
Immediately, other people watching the game all united on a quest to find out who she was. Some even made TikToks about it:
@haydenshepppard I’m sending this to Santa so he knows what I want for Chr… ah damn… #fyp #foryoupage #foryou #ohiostate #peachbowl ♬ original sound – Hayden Sheppard
Well, it didn’t take long for the answer to reveal itself.
@carolyngurd1 Found her #peachbowlgirl #peachbowl #osugame #georgiagame ♬ original sound – Ian Asher
The young woman in question, Catherine Gurd, then took to social media herself to address the hubbub that her presence at the Peach Bowl caused.
@catherinegurd1 thanks @ESPN ♬ original sound – Beth Anne Brice
@catherinegurd1odd turn of events…♬ original sound – hard ahh audios fr
Catherine then shared some of the outtakes from that memorable game on her Instagram page:
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Obviously the Buckeyes coming up short again in the College Football playoff wasn’t great. But at least they got some positive headlines out of the experience as well.
There is this fan thing. And then there was a staffer’s confession about head coach Ryan Day that definitely caused a stir.
Shannon Sharpe is done with Skip Bayless and Undisputed. https://t.co/3ULd5zxsDE
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 3, 2023
By any objective measure, 2022 was a solid year for Buckeyes football and the larger fan base.
What craziness will 2023 ultimately bring?
Time will tell.