Today is the 22nd of November and some memorable victories over the Buckeyes happened on this date.
*8 years ago today was the 100th meeting. Keith Jackson insisted on coming out of "retirement" to call the game. Like a throwback to so many meetings of the past, the winner would get the outright big ten title. This was our last victory over OSU. (As someone who grew up watching us beat the Bucks every year, it hurts like hell to even type that out.) John Navarre threw for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns. Both TD passes were to Braylon Edwards. Chris Perry ran for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Final: Michigan 35 Ohio State 21
*14 years ago today, #1 Michigan faced off against #4 Ohio State. David Boston's words leading up to the game: "If our offense and defense are clicking, we should win by 2-3 touchdowns. We're going up there and upsetting them. I think we're better than Michigan. Also, Charles Woodson can claim to be the best player in the world all he wants but he's no Antoine Winfield. Winfield is as good as Woodson and certainly faster." The game? Well, we know what Woodson ended up doing that day.
Final: Michigan 20 Ohio State 14
*25 years ago today, #5 Michigan went into Columbus needing a victory to go to Pasadena. The week leading up to the game, Wolverine quarterback Jim Harbaugh said, "We're going to play in the Rose Bowl this year, I guarantee it. We'll beat Ohio State and we'll be in Pasadena on January 1st." Lloyd Carr, on the coaching staff at the time, remembered thinking, "Oh GOD. Bo's going to kill Harbaugh when he finds out about that statement." When Bo did find out, he shrugged his shoulders and said, "O.K. We just have to be sure to back up Harbaugh's word." Thanks to a wide left field goal by OSU in the final minute, that ended up being the case. The win made Bo Michigan's all time winningest coach. Harbaugh threw for 261 yards and Jamie Morris ran for 216 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Final: Michigan 26 Ohio State 24
*31 years ago today, Michigan and Ohio State, once again, played for the outright Big Ten title and trip to the Rose Bowl. The Michigan defense, which had gone 14 straight quarters without giving up a single point, held the Buckeyes to a field goal all game. It was Bo's third straight victory in Columbus and Bob Ufer's final UM/OSU game in the broadcast booth. Butch Woolfolk ran for 143 yards. Larry Ricks and Stan Edwards added another 80. The game's only touchdown was a 17 yard strike from John Wangler to Anthony Carter. Ali Haji-Sheikh missed the extra point.
Final: Michigan 9 Ohio State 3
*42 years ago today was the big one. The game that many believe will always be the greatest win in school history. #1 Ohio State, riding a 22 game winning streak and regarded as Woody's best team ever went to Ann Arbor to face Michigan under first year coach Bo Schembechler. Does this game even need a recap? Billy Taylor, Garvie Craw, John Gabler and quarterback Don Moorhead (who, up until his retirement last year was my nephew's gym teacher at Paw Paw High School). As Bob Ufer noted, "22 Michigan Wolverines put on the gloves of gray, and as Revelli played the Victors, they laid Woody Hayes away."
Final: Michigan 24 Ohio State 12