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Woody called this 1973 team.."probably my best ever"...and why not? Going into the Michigan game the were 9-0. They had outscored their opponent 361-33. They went to AnnArbwhore ranked #1 in the nation. The winner would go to the Rose Bowl.
This team had winners on its roster to the hilt.. 2 time All American.Archie Griffin, Cornelius Green, Champ Henson, Pete Johnson, Brian Baschnagel and All American John Hicks.....Linebackers Rick Middleton,Vic Koegel and two time All-American Randy Gradishar. They also had Pete Cusic and 2 time-American Van Decree ......they were loaded wiht talent as they arrived at the Big House...they had produced 4 shutouts in the season.
On the other side Michigan was 10-0 and no slouch themselves... they had held foes to just 58 points, and had themselves scored 220. 105,223 screaming fans were ready for the contest to begin. Each team had a 7-0 record in the Big 10.
Playing tough defense, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 10-0 lead at half time. Many felt that the lead would hold and the Buckeyes would enjoy their 5th shutout of the season. A great turning point of the game came, however, when Cornorlius Green, whs taking the Buckeyes on what appeard to be a game clinching drive, came up short on a 4th and 2 at the UM 42 yard line. The Wolverines under the leadership of their QB Dennis Franklin promply marched the weasels to the Buckeye 13 where the drive stalled and they kicked a FG to make it 10-3.
After a Buckeye drive stalled Michigan got the ball right back and quickly hit a 31 yard pass play to the Buckeye 20 yard line...it became 4th and inches at the 10 yard line when Franklin made what many still call the play of the game by faking to the FB and taking the ball him self inside OSU's left end for the TD...we now had a 10-10 tie. As I remember watching the game, and Dennis Franklin, I was very impressed at what a surperb athletic he. was
What happend next, is still discussed in Michigan football history and lore as when Michigan got the ball back again, their star QB Franklin fell after a pass attempt and broke his collarbone. His back up was to no effect, and Mike Lanudry missed a 57 yard FG try. Green was replaced by Woody for Greg Hare,who was intercepted at the Buckeye 33 and with the clock at 24 seconds, Michigan tried for the game winning FG, from 44 yards....Lantry just barly missed again and the game ended in a tie, as back then there were no overtime periods and ties were allowed.Many Wolverine fans to this day will not forgive Lantry for that miss.....it had the B10 Crown, The Rose Bowl, and probably the National Championship riding on it!
Here is where it got dicey....both teams now were 7-0-1 and were vying for the Rose Bowl berth,,,,,The B10 atheletic directors took a vote and the Buckeyes were sent to represent the B10 in the Rose Bowl. Bo Schemblecter went balistic and he thougth favortism was being shown the Buckeyes and his team deserved to get the nod. He may have had a point as Michigan lead in first downs in the game 16-9, and total yardage 333 to 204. He also protested that the Buckeyes had been to Pasedena the previous year and had lost 42-17 to USC. later it was revealed by the Detroit Free Press that the vote had actually been 6-4-Buckeyes,
Many believe the condition of scUM QB Dennis Franklins shoulder was the key to the Buckeyes getting the vote, also it was reveled that Michigan's arch rival Michigan State may have cast the deciding vote. Bo remaned bitter about this even untill his death in 2006.
The Buckeyes redeemed themselves and the Big 10 in the Rose Bowl game that year thumping the USC Trogans 42-21. In the NC poll that year(1973) the Buckeyes end up 4th and the Wolverines 5th. Alabama was #1 and Notre Dame #2, Oklahoma #3.
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For me the best Ohio State - TSUN game is any one Ohio State wins.
I'm making this up as I go along.
The first ever OVERTIME game will be something to see...
2002... "Lets party Columbus"
what a season this was. There were actually 5 undefeated teams this year. OSU and michigan with the one tie apiece, oklahoma with just one tie and ND and penn state were perfect. The ap poll was actually
5) Penn St
ND beat USC at home 23-14 and beat alabama in the sugar bowl 24-23 for alabama's only loss that year.
OKlahoma's only imperfection that year was a 7-7 tie at USC.
We crushed USC 42-21, basically a home game for them. USC only had the loss at ND and the tie to Oklahoma so they were decent.
I contend our resume with only a tie at an undefeated Michigan and a better showing against USC, we were a better team than ND and let another National title slip through our fingers.
By the way, the 1973 season for Alabama with the one loss is listed as a national title for Alabama and Bear Bryant. Ha.
1973 OSU-Michigan game is far superior to 2006. Really, 2006 can't even compare to the 1970, 1973 or 1974 games.
The 1973 OSU team drilled defending national champion USC in the Rose Bowl 42-21. The 1974 team lost the national championship to USC 18-17 on a late TD and 2-point conversion.
The 2006 Buckeyes and Michigan were both absolutely murdered in their bowl games. Neither team was even top 5 material in reality, despite their ranking. Fla. writers opined OSU would've finished no better than 4th in the SEC that year. Hard to argue with them based on the beating Urban gave us.
Meanwhile, OSU-Michigan teams in 1973 and 1974 were probably 2 of the top 4 in the nation, if not 1-2.
This post was edited by Fullback26 15 months ago
1) 1970 20-9 dominating win. Coming off that 1969 upset, it was sweet revenge.
2) 1972 14-11 OSU win--Michigan dominated the stats, but could only get into the end zone one time (on a 4th down play at the OSU 1). OSU had two other goal line stands inside the 5 to preserve the victory. OSU had two scoring drives, with Archie ripping off runs in both, and it was enough for the win. 'Shoe going wild.
3) 1975 win in Ann Arbor. OSU scored on the opening drive, taking it right down the field--looked like it would be an OSU blow out. The Buckeyes didn't get another first down until the 4th quarter. Michigan led 14-7 and had to win to go to the Rose Bowl--tie meant OSU conference champs and Rose Bowl trip. Michigan looked like they had the win sealed when Tim Davis (middle guard for Michigan), broke through the OSU line, making Cornelius Greene backpedal at full speed. David looked like he would tackle Greene for literally a 30 yard loss (that's how far back he chased him), but Greene managed to elude him and loft a pass that was almost intercepted, but avoided the sack. Next play he hit Brian Baschnagel (i believe) for a first down--and it got OSU going. They scored on that drive, late in the 4th quarter. Michigan gets desperate on its next drive (needing a win), and throws an errant pass intercepted by Ray Griffin who took all the way to the Michigan 3. OSU scores the TD (Pete Johnson barrels in) and the Buckeyes triumph.
4) 2006 win--would have this game #1 if OSU had won the national title game.
5) 2002 14-9 (closer than it should have been--I fully expected OSU to win this one), which set up the national championship.
I didn't rank 1973 higher, because it ended in a tie, and OSU should have won.
Good call Fullback26 exactly right about the 1973 team.....and pondo 171, Alabama was named #1 by the AP BEFORE their bowl game as was ND and Oklahoma rated.
a couple of other things about this 1973 team , there was a mix of certified All Americans on that team like we had not see fo a while(probably since 68-70). I am only mentioning Buckeyes here but we had John Hicks, Randy Gradishar,Vann Ness decree,Archie Griffin,Kurt Shumacher,Pete Cusic Steve Meyers,Neal Colzie and Tom Skaladany.
the other thing is the Defense of the 1973 team...besides the 4 shutouts, we had two teams only get 3 points, two teams only get 7 points and one team(Iowa) get 13 points. Prior to giving up 21 points in the Rose Bowl to USC, this team had only given up 43 points in 10 games...or 4.3/game!
On offense we scored 56 on Minnesota,60 on Northwestern,55 on Iowa, and 42 on USC.
Many great games... I've been watching since the mid 60's... However the game that sticks for me is 2005. Michigan was up 21-12 in the fourth quarter. And some awesome plays including t. Smith to Gonzo late in the 4th quarter setting Antonio Pittman with 24 seconds left really put a dagger in Scum's hearts. Turned around and crushed ND in Fiesta that year... That last drive kind of set up everything for 2006 Buckeyes building confidence that they could win a game in the last drive, and any win over scum is a good one, but that one sticks in my mind due to needing some big plays, making them and then just pissing off all those in the little house thinking Meatchicken was going to win....
My favorite is the 2005 game. It was a great come-from-behind victory for the Bucks and really help spring Troy Smith into Heisman hype for the next season. Watching Chad Henne go from having that cocky grin (when scUM was up by two scores in the 4th quarter) to looking like a deer in the headlights (when Pittman scored the game winning TD with less than a minute left) was hilarious.
I saw a condensed replay of this game many years later on ESPN classic (it happened 10 years before I was born). Not knowing who actually won, I thought for sure Michigan wins with a FG near the end. Dead wrong. :-)
A few years ago there was a nice video posted here Commemorating Ohio State's 1973 team and their rose bowl victory. someone (I believe Jack Park) talked about how it was Michigan State who voted for OSU over UM to go to the rose bowl. In large part due to Michigan's arrogance that "MSU didn't belong in the big ten".
This post was edited by BlockOFanatic 15 months ago
PS4 initial Metacritic scores: Killzone: SF (74), Knack (59).
Greatness awaits?? Please.
This post was edited by Buckeye49 15 months ago
Please... there is no way that team finishes fourth in the SEC. Just because scUM showed up unmotivated and tOSU showed up thinking they had already won does not mean that those teams were not good. That was a fantastic tOSU team and one game, 2 months after the season ended, with an out of shape QB and our best WR on the sideline will never change my mind.
I was there jimmy. Didn't Landry miss field goals three years in a row that would have beaten us? I know there was a joke on campus about Landry trying to kill himself but he was off to the left.
1968 - OSU and Michigan were tied at the half 14-14. In the second half, OSU scored 36 unanswered points to win 50-14. This included Woody going for a successful 2-point conversion after the last TD. When asked why he went for two points when he was leading 48-14, he responded, "Because they wouldn't let me go for three".
Alabama has seasons of 3 losses where they claim a nc. What a joke.
I believe you are right about Lantry, Buck 75. I was at the game where he missed the big one that everyone thought was so close....its hard after watching Buckeyes vs Wolverines for 74 years to pick the best game......there are so many I have seen....I guess when we win, and its the last one we played them, its the best..ha ha...
Bingo! Great memory jimmy. Thx.
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