Once inside the stadium, he visited the team's locker room and offered players a brief pep talk before they took the field against heavily-favored Ohio State. He even challenged some Ohio State fans outside the game by shouting, "Go Miami!"
Centerville, Ohio, resident Susan Hoying said she appreciated the Ohio connection.
"He's okay. Even if he's from Wisconsin," joked Hoying, a 50-year-old General Electric employee and Ohio State season ticket holder. "That's still a Big 10 school."
"There's a connection. People here get it," she said.
Associated Press writer Kasie Hunt in Cincinnati and Matthew Daly in Washington contributed to this report.
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