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THE BATTILES OF "COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S
GREATEST RIVARLY"

Feelng each other out (1897-934)
In the first 31 games of the series, Michigan rolled
to a 22-7-2 record, adit wasn't until the 16th
match of riva hio State won its first, in
191

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'v_ Id gain the
I perform-
bolizing
battil'e
inner
status among col-
touchdowns
ed many to
t in histo-

Fielding Yost: As a coach for 25 season forz
gan, Yost ammassed an impressive 165-29-1
record with his "Point-a-minute" teams which
were known for their overpowering offense.
Against Ohio State, Yost's teams dominated ne
going 16-3-1 in his meetings with the Buck-
eyes. Though just at the beginning of this
rivalry, Yost's teams outscored Ohio State
242-6 over seven seasons from 1901-1907.
But again, this wasn't much of a rivalry for a
few more decades.
Woody Kayes No head coach stayed at Ohio
State for more than seven seasons before
Hayes arrived in Columbus to take over in
1951. In his tenure with the Buckeyes, Hayes
finished with a record of 205-61-10 and five
national titles. He is credited with making
Ohio State competitive with the Wolverines as
Hayes was victorious in just his second
matchup against Michigan. Hayes finished
with a record of 16-11-1 versus the Wolver-
ines, and it was only that low due to the impact
of his former assistant coach, Bo Schembechler.

an great anNA-
Harmron urther solidifies
e football lore. Harmon's
elped pummel the Buckey
think that this Michigan
ry.
N In the infamous "Sno
50,000 rabid fans bra
of wind and a full-sc
Columbus hadWen

Wolverines
shock the
Buckeyes, 9-
3, to win the
Big Ten and v
earn a Rose f
Bowl berth.
And the
"Snow }r.
Bowl" was
almost the
"game th at Photo courtesy of Bentley Historical Library
never was. Tom Harmon (98) dominated the 1940 matchup.
Ohio State
Athletic Director Dick Larkins nearly called the
game off, but said he'd "never be able to live it
down" if he forfeited and gave the title to Michigan.
It was a mockery of a football game, as players
slipped, slid and stumbled all day long. Numbed fin-
gers led to a lot of fumbles, and the Wolverines cap-
talized on a Tony Momsen blocked punt with 47
onds left. Momsen fell on the ball in the end
e for the winning score.
"Cause I couldn't go for three"
(1968-1978)
No Wolverine will forget the 1968 thrash-
ing at the hands of the top-ranked Buck-
eyes in Ohio
Stadium. Michigan MIC0,AN s 90 STATI
kept it close until
the half, but Ohio
State ran off 29°A
straight points for
the 50-14 victory
but legendary
State coach
y Hayes
d more.,
Buckeyes'
chdown,
iected -to
e two-'
nversion.
ked after-
reporters Photo courtesy of Bentley Histoncal Library
soning? The cover of the official game
simply, program from the 1968 clash.
auldn t
ng year, Michigan got the ulti-
nge. Under first-year coach Bo
hler, the Wolverines recorded
of th biggest upsets in college foot-
II history, as No. 12 Michigan beat No.
Ohio State, 24-12 at the Big House.
e rivalry continued its stalemate
throughout the '70s, with Ohio State
going 5-4-1 over that decade.

Photo courtesy of Bentley Historical Library
Michigan football coach
Fielding Yost

S

Bo SchembAchler In 1969, in Schembechler's first season as head:
coach, he guided Michigan to a victory over then-No. 1 Ohio State,
which is considered tqbeJby many one of the biggest upsets in col-
lege football history. Over the next 20 years, Schemebechler and
Hayes traded barbs and blows while forming the-most bitter rivalry
in college football. The Big Ten title was decided in 10 of their 11
meetings, the only season where the victor did not also take the
Big Ten title was 1971 (Ohio State was not in contention).
Perhaps the most bitter meeting between the two was in 1974,
when undefeated No. 1 Ohio State tied undefeated and No. 4 Michi-
an 10-10. To decide who went to the Rose Bowl to represent the
Big Ten, athletic directors from the conference schools voted, and
the Buckeyes were chosen. Needless to say, Schembechler was
outraged. Schembechler finished with a 5-4-1 record against Hayes
and an 11-9-1 record against Ohio State overall. Despite the heat
of battle, they shared a mutual respect for one another.

u

"Good ole Cooper" (191
Once John Cooper took the
Buckeyes in 1988, the onc
turned completely one-'
has won 10 of the pas
between the school
d~rpnm sp

THE TOLEDO WAR
Michigan's 22-year old territo-
rial governor, Stevens T
Mason, led a small group of
volunteers down to the Ohio
border to defend against an
Ohio takeover. Michigan did
not win the battle, as Ohio got
the Toledo strip. But, thankful-
ly, Michigan walked away with
the land now known as the
"Upper Peninsula" for compen-
sation.

Photo courtesy of Ohio State University Archives
Michigan coach Uoyd Carr remembers Bo Schembechler (left) and Woody Hayes (right)
pacing up and down the sidelines.
John cooper: If Hayes is remembered by Michigan fans for making
the rivalry competitive, Cooper will be remembered for making the
series decidedly uncompetitive. In his 12 seasons as head coach,
he could only muster two wins, despite having national champi-
onship-caliber talent. On three occasions Cooper brought his Buck-
eyes in to the game with an undefeated record (1993, 1995,
1996) and each time left the field with a loss. Cooper's inability to
defeat the Wolverines is at least paritally to blame for his removal
as coach at the end of the 2000 season.

Uoyd Cair: Though he has not been to quite as
many Rose Bowls as Bo Schembechler, Carr
solidified his place in Michigan history by win-
ning the Wolverines' first national title in nearly
50 years in 1997. He is also known for getting
his fair share of wins from the Buckeyes, going
5-2 in the series. In his five wins, Michigan
spoiled Ohio State's national championship bids
twice (1995, 1996). After Schembechler
retired in 1989, Carr combined with his prede-
cessor, Gary Moeller, to ive former Ohio State
nr n j~ n tn .n ki ri t. n - 4().l

FAMO
SOLDI

°y yers play
oodson had
1997 Heisman
uckeyes. In the 20-
, Woodson returned a
touchdown, intercept-
zone and was
an s eswide receiver -
0 State knew just how
was.

Archie Griffin: Winnr
phies, Griffin showed
ances against Michigare
Ohio State never lost, going
he didn't have the most impres e'n :
bers against the Wolverines (he was held
to under 50 yards in 1975), Griffin was
-L.. n -AA:-m

Blakabutuka: On Nov. 25,
199 iakabutuka made himself a Michi-

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