"(Fight The Team) Across the Field" is the older of two fight songs of Ohio State University, with the newer one being "Buckeye Battle Cry". Although the lyrics reference football heroics and was composed by the football team's varsity manager, William A. Dougherty, Jr.,[1] the song is used by Buckeye teams of all sports. The song first appeared before the October 16, 1915, game against Illinois.[2]


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   Fight the team a -- cross the field
   Show them O -- hi -- o's here
   Set the Earth re -- ver -- ber -- a -- ting
   With a might -- y cheer
   Hit them hard and see how they fall
   Ne -- ver let that team get the ball
   Hail! Hail! The gang's all here
   So let's win that old con -- ference now!


  1. ^ "Songs of the Ohio State University". www.sgsosu.net. Retrieved 2021-10-05.
  2. ^ Walsh, Christopher (2009). Ohio State Football Football Huddleup, Triumph Books (Random House, Inc.), ISBN 978-1-60078-186-5, p. 86.