Ohio State vs Michigan Best Moments Ever
Michigan has not beaten Ohio State in 3650 days which dates to November 26, 2011, when Denard Robinson and the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes 40-34. Since then, Ohio State has had Michigan’s number and in very recent years, it hasn’t even been close.
On Saturday afternoon at noon, The Buckeyes will be traveling to The Big House for another edition of this historic rivalry. Both teams are playing in hopes of making the Big Ten Championship and the College Football Playoff.
Let’s look at some of the best moments in Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry over the years.
Best Ohio State vs. Michigan Moments
1950 Snow Bowl
Most of the readers won’t remember this classic game where temperatures were nearing single digits with a high wind chill and snow coming down at two inches per hour. Both games wanted to postpone the game, but there was no possibility to reschedule.
Michigan ended up winning this game and the Rose Bowl that year. The defining result from this loss was that Ohio State fired Wes Fesler after a 0-3-1 record against Michigan and hired Woody Hayes.
The 1970s Ten Year War
This was a war between two great coaches: Bo Schembechler for Michigan and Woody Hayes for Ohio State. These years were back and forth with many Top 10 matchups between the two teams. 1973 was an important year where the game ended in a tie and the Big Ten athletic directors voted that Ohio State would represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl.
The Buckeyes won in both 1974 and 1975 when Archie Griffin won back-to-back Heisman trophies for the first time and only time in history. Michigan won three straight times from 1976-1978.
1991 Iconic Heisman Pose from Desmond Howard
Howard put on an incredible performance against the Buckeyes leading the Wolverines to a 31-3 win as he had three catches for 96 yards and returned a punt 93 yards to the house where he struck his famous Heisman trophy pose.
He eventually went on to win the Heisman trophy at the end of that year.
2006 Top Two Matchup
This was the only matchup in their history where they were the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the county. It’s known as the Game of the Century. Ohio State led for most of the game, but Michigan trimmed the lead to 42-39 before being unsuccessful in an onside kick led to their loss.
Despite pleas for a rematch in the National Championship, Florida made it to the National Championship and beat the Buckeyes for the ring.
2016 Double OT Thriller
This was a matchup between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan that ended in a game-tying field goal by Ohio State in regulation. Both teams scored a touchdown in the first overtime. Michigan kicked a field goal in the second overtime which gave the Buckeyes the opportunity to score a touchdown to win.
Ohio State faced a 4th-and-1 which led to a JT Barrett run that gained about a yard. It was very controversial if he got the first down or not, but the refs gave the Buckeyes the first down. Curtis Samuel received a hand-off on the next play to run 15 yards to the house and give the Buckeyes the win as the fans rushed the field at Ohio Stadium.
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