COLUMBUS, Ohio — In 1968, Woody Hayes had arguably his most significant moment as the head coach of the Ohio State football team.
The Buckeyes went on to win a National Championship by capping off a 10-0 season win a win over USC in the Rose Bowl, but the highlight of the year was the win over the Wolverines.
Led by the Class of 1970 — better known as the “Super Sophomores” — the Buckeyes dominated Michigan on the way to a 50-14 win, securing their first Big Ten Championship since 1961. That victory seemed like a sign of things to come from a 12-man group headlined by Rex Kern, Jack Tatum and Jim Stillwagon.
Ed Chay described the Buckeyes’ performance that afternoon as “Magnificent and superb” in his game story in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. He called it “Ohio State’s finest hour” as it scored 36 unanswered points in the final three quarters.
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“A record throng of 85,370 delirious fans almost rocked Ohio Stadium’s historic 47-year-old oval off its foundations with thunderous approval as the Buckeyes completely destroyed their most bitter rivals in the game that meant so much,” Chay wrote.
Ohio State vs. Michigan on November 23, 1968, is the fifth episode of our Buckeye ReTalkables series. Previously covered were:
• Ohio State at Virginia Tech, 2015
• Ohio State vs. Oregon, 2010 Rose Bowl
• Ohio State vs. Notre Dame, 1995
• Ohio State vs. Penn State, 2017
This was the game that best defines the Hayes’ 28-year tenure in Columbus, and that’s what we’re reliving on the latest Buckeye Talk Podcast. It’s why every Ohio State fans should watch the game at least once in their lives. You can watch a 38-minute version of the game on YouTube by clicking here.
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