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It was November 23, 1968....Michigan was stinging from the embarassing and humiliating 1968 deficit laid on the Wolverines by Woody Hayes as with a 42-14 lead he sent his #1 FB back into the game,with less than a minute to play to run up the score to 48-14 and then to "go for two becasue he could not go for three" to gain the final 50-14 victory....Jim Mandich, former Michigan star later reported .that Bo Schembechler never forgot that beating by Woody over Michigan, and it stung me bad as he then became the head Michigan coach in 1969.Bo determined to do something about it, as he was now in command.
As the 1969 season commenced, the Michigan players were introduced each day to the Buckeye beating and humiliation. Bo worked his boys hard, so hard that some left the team. Bo had those that stayed, tape a number 50 on their helments, so they were reminded of it every day. He erected a sign in the locker room that said.."What the mind can conceive and believe,the mind can achieve, and those that stay will be Champions" !Those that did stay and strived for Bo, learned that the lesson was true.
On November 22, 1969, the undefeated and un-tied Buckeyes traveled to Ann ArbWhore Michigan to take on the 17 point underdog Wolverines...103,588 screaming fans had assembled in the Big House to see the contest. The Buckeyes needed this win to break is own conference record of 17 straight games, and a win would most likely assure the S & G of the National Championship. Somehow the Wolverines went to a 24-12 half time lead, and finished with the same score as they had beaten their arch rival. Bo had succeded in his revenge for the humiliating 1968 loss. A new sheriff was in town!
A half hour after the Team bus had pulled into the OSU campus, that Saturday evening Woody was in his office, watching tape and preparing for the 1970 contest. He was steaming! He hated to lose, and he had to his under-study! A co-Championship with the Wolverines was no consolation, and to lose out on the NC was a disaster. Woody had a huge rug made, and it was placed at the entrance to the training room it said "Michigan 25, OSU 14," and below it was 1970 and a space for Mich and OSU the coming season. The 10 Year War had began.! Every day his players had to walk over that rug and be remined of the past season failure to the Wolverines!
Woody never forgave Bo for beating him..it hurt him deeply, becasue Woody said that the 1969 team might have been his best. Pay back was needed.In all preparation for the 1970 clash wiht the Wolverines, Woody drummed the 24-12 beating into his men, he never let it rest. By gametime the Buckeyes were seething to get onto the field..Woody had hyped them to the hilt for this "payback" game!
It was November 21 1970, the time came to seek the "revenge". Michigan arrived at the Shoe as the 4th ranked team in the nation. Both teams were undefeated....After a 3-3 tie early in the game, the Buckeyes finally emerged 20-9 winners...the prize-the B10 Crown, and the Rose Bowl..the Buckeyes held Michigan to just 37 rushing yards...Woody had his revenge...............and the 10 Year War was just really beginning......Ain't it great to be a Buckeye,ha ha..
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by Bigjimmie on 1/29/2013 at 2:48 PM
Bo was not a coach on the 1968 Michigan team. He was at Miami(OH).
Another great story jimmie
yea kurlkevin as I said in the first para of my post..."as he then became the Michigan coach in 1969".......Bo was so determined, when he came over to Michigan at the end of the 1968 season from Miami, that he knew he had to drive it into his players that they had to "avenge the loss", and he had to get them to buy in that OSU had poured it to them to get to the 50 score. That is why he drove them so hard that many quit the team...and he had to make the famous sign than ended saying "and those that stay will be Champions"....
It makes one wonder if we will get a "War" wiht Hoke and Meyer? Both from Ohio...interesting matchup for the future.....
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