Nearly a month has passed since Ohio State suffered a 29-23 defeat at the hands of Clemson, coming up two victories short of claiming a ninth national championship for the program. It still hasn’t gotten much easier to handle.

On Thursday night, during halftime of Ohio State’s game against Minnesota, Day and the Buckeyes were honored for winning a third-straight B1G title and appearing in the College Football Playoff for the third time in six seasons. And while there was plenty to celebrate about the season, Day understands what the expectation is in Columbus.

With the microphone in is hands and the attention of an entire basketball arena on him, Day made a promise to the fans.

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“That game did not sit well with us,” Day said. “And you have my word we’re not going to forget about that game.”

The crowd erupted.

Day’s first season as a head coach went about as well as it possibly could have. Even with the Fiesta Bowl loss, Ohio State finished the season 13-1, defeating Michigan, winning a B1G championship and defeating every team in the regular season by double figures. Quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young were Heisman Trophy finalists.

It’s a pretty high bar, but Day and the Buckeyes are determined to get to the top of the mountain.