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A little down time recall, today as itis snowing hard outside here today and little to do..ha ha..
I recall the day well..it was November 20th 1971, the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the Buckeyes were playing "the Northern Region Weasels" in AnnArbWhore. It was a cold day, and the weather included both snow showers and sunshine, and the Buckeyes had their hands full playing the undeated Wolverines who were 10-0 coming into the contest. The Buckeyes were 6-3 coming into the contest, but had lost their last two games in a row, both close contests wiht Northwestern and Michigan State. They were heavy underdogs going into the game! The Wolverines had outscored its opponents 399-63, and 104,016 rabid fans had gathered to watch the game..at that time the largest reported crowd ever to watch a college football game.
The game was not shown on TV as for some reason, the TV networks were not impressed with the OSU record. I did see parts of the game on film, later, and that is why I can verify what I am about to write.
Some how the Buckeyes stayed in this game despite being completely outplayed, with Michigan getting 20-7 on first downs and 335-138 on yardage. Michigan ran 81 plays to 52 for the S & G. Despite all that, Michigan lead only 3-0 at half time. Late in the 3rd period,
Tom Campana, the Buckeyes brilliant HB broke free on a 65 yard punt return and the Buckeyes lead 7-3. However late in the 4th quarter ,Michigan drove the field for 72 yards in 11 plays and took the lead 10-7. Here is where it got interesting There were 2:07 minutes left in the game! It was now do or die for the Buckeyes!
The Buckeyes got the ball on the K0 and proceeded to march down the field for what they thought would be the winning TD or tieing FG. Then all "heck" broke loose...on a pass play
over the middle to Buckeye receiver Dick Wakefield at the scUm 32 yardline, from Don Lamka, Michigan defender Thom Darden literlay climbed over Wakefields back to intercept the ball. It was blatant and very clear that Wakefield was interferred with. No call was made.
Looking at the play it was clear to all(except evidently the refrees) that Darden had "arrived late", had climbed the receiver's back, and had made a obvious foul on Wakefield. Woody came off of the sidelines like a cannon!
And Woody went nuts! He ran to the middle of the field shaking his fist at the refs....and was called for a penalty of 15 yards for "intrusion onto the field". Woody continued his tirade, and continued to vehemently protest the "no call"...he had to be escorted to the sidelines......but
Woody was not going to be satisified and he ran down the sidelines grabbing the sideline markers, broke the marker over his knee and threw the pieces out onto the field,,,,he then ripped a bright orange first down marker to shreds.......after the game Woody would not talk to the press after the game or make any comments....Woody and all of the Buckeyes who saw the play thoguht the same thing "we were homered".....satisfaction? Well Michigan won the game 10-7 and then went out to Pasadena and lost 13-12 to Stanford in the Rose Bowl to take away their perfect season.......I am sure Woody had a slight smile on his face later that New Years Day...ha ha...
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Bigjimmie 15 months ago
Love the recap, is there anyway to see that game?
I remember the game well. I was in school at the time. Not sure about about your statement that it was not on TV. I remember watching it. "Homered" is an understatement.
Thanks Woody, I wa proud of you.
Some of the 1971 game is shown on You-Tube but they say that "unfortunately, the Woody Hayes incident is not shown"...ha ha that is our loss...you had to love the guys..he had Stones...did not back down to anybody.....he loved his players and coaches and stood up for them wholeheartly......when something was wrong he "called it out"....we owe a lot to Woody for our Ohio State heritage in his 28 years here.....
Well said! And very true. Woody is the soul of our team is. I wouldn't change or trade a thing about him, or anything he did. +1 to you.
BowlGrounded- the statement that the game was not on TV is verified by a source on You-Tube under "1971:Michigan 10 Ohio State7"-quote"This game was never broadcast on television becasue OSU had three losses"......and I can verify that as I remember having to listen to it on radio here in Columbus that day.....there are many film renditions that are shown when stories of Woody Hayes is featured, I have seen him tear up the yard markers, and running down the field.....from this game....
I guess that was 41 years ago. I must have listened to it and watched replays. I can still remember Thom Darden "intercepting the pass with one arm on either side of Wakefield.
Was the "Minnesota Brawl" on TV? I remember watching that with the same group of people.
Is it the 41 years or the football refreshments giving me a problem?
It was on TV. I remember watching it. It was a horrible non call. Woody's outburst at the non call was far more explosive than the imfamous Clemson Gator Bowl punch. Think Bobby Night's "flying chair" incident was a close 2nd or maybe 1st. We were the beneficiaries of "delayed" instant replay clearly showing the bad call. Oh well, there was no guarantee of a winning td but who knows....it would have been sweet after a so so season.
I was there jimmy. It was my first OSU v Scumbag game. The first down markers had pennants in each side of the poles and Woody ripped those off first. Then went after the poles.
I was in the band and the piss and blue band members had just walked over and given all of us oranges. A goodwill gesture I guess.
When Thom intercepted the ball the stadium went nuts. FWI... Imagine staring directly behind somebody and jumping up and over him and ntercepting the ball without touching him. Impossible! And that's why Woody went nuts.
The worst thing about this story is that Thom Darden is from my home town of Sandusky, Ohio, and went north to play for the scumbags.
Shortly after Woody ripped down the markers the crowd became hostile. The local police quickly escorted the band out of the stadium. I still had that fuckin orange in my hand. Just before we entered a tunnel I turned and was gonna throw it at the refs on the field. A Michigan state trooper looked at me and grabbed the orange. Then they took more oranges away from several other band members. We left and did not see the final two minutes.
I met Wakefield whIle playIng an independent intramural football game. Hell of a guy! He was still pissed about that play.
As always jimmy, thanks for going down memory lane.
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