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State of Ohio on this date: John Cooper ends his losing streak, Hopalong Cassady plays his last game, and the Illibuck wooden trophy is created

Before each game of the 2022 season, we take a look back at the Buckeyes’ game history on that date.

trivia time

Do you know the school’s nickname, given by Harvey Woodruff after his football team played Ohio State that day?

Scroll down to point 1 in Five Fun Facts for the answer.

The first game Ohio State played on November 19 was in 1892. The Buckeyes traveled to Cleveland and were ambushed by Western Reserve in a 40-18 loss.

In 1910, Oberlin joined Columbus and left the capital with a 0-0 draw. The scoreless result made the Yeomen champions of the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Buckeyes were charter members of the OAC in 1902 and left the conference at the end of the 1912 season.

En route to Ann Arbor on November 19, 1949, Wes Fesler and his seventh Buckeyes needed a win or a tie to redeem their ticket to Pasadena for the first time in 29 years. Michigan, No. 5, was battling for its third straight Big Ten title.

The Wolverines drew the first blood in the first quarter when Wally Teninga completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Leo Koceski. Michigan held on to a 7-0 lead for more than three quarters. Curly Morrison brought the Buckeyes to a point in the fourth quarter when he scored from three yards. Jimmy Hague, who had not missed an extra point in five games, chose the wrong time to end his streak. His attempt sailed wide to the right, but a Michigan player was caught offside and Hague was given a second chance. The bonus attempt was true and the game ended in a 7-7 draw.

Ohio State claimed a portion of the Big Ten title and headed to Pasadena to take on the Cal Bears. The Buckeyes defeated Cal 17-14 to win the Rose Bowl for the first time in program history.

GAMES ON NOV. 19

YEAR

MATCH

POSITION

SCORE

2022

#2 State of Ohio in Maryland

College Park, Maryland

open

2016

#2 State of Ohio in the State of Michigan

East Lansing, Michigan

17-16

2011

Ohio State vs. #21 Penn State

Columbus, Ohio

14-20

2005

No. 9 Ohio State at No. 17 Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

25-21

1994

No. 22 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Michigan

Columbus, Ohio

22-6

1988

Ohio State vs. #12 Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

31-34

1983

No. 10 Ohio State at No. 8 Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

21-24

1977

No. 4 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

6-14

1966

Ohio State vs. Michigan

Columbus, Ohio

3-17

1960

#10 Ohio State vs. Michigan

Columbus, Ohio

7-0

1955

No. 9 Ohio State at No. 6 Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

17-0

1949

No. 7 Ohio State at No. 5 Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

7-7

1938

Ohio State vs. #17 Michigan

Columbus, Ohio

0-18

1932

State of Ohio in Illinois

Champaign, Illinois

3-0

1927

Ohio State vs. Illinois

Columbus, Ohio

0-13

1921

Ohio State vs. Illinois

Columbus, Ohio

0-7

1910

Ohio State vs. Oberlin

Columbus, Ohio

0-0

1904

Ohio State vs. Kenyon

Columbus, Ohio

11-5

1898

Ohio State vs. Kenyon

Columbus, Ohio

0-29

1892

State of Ohio in the Western Reserve

Cleveland, Ohio

18-40

Total score on November 19: 7-10-2

games to remember

A win for Cooper over Michigan

For six years, John Cooper felt the heat for his inability to defeat Michigan. Many believed he would not be on the sidelines in 1995 when his No. 22 Buckeyes not No. 2 on this unseasonably warm 60-degree November Saturday. 15 would defeat Michigan.

On the first play after Scott Terna’s punt, which went down at the Wolverines’ one-yard line, Michigan quarterback Todd Collins tripped and fell into the end zone for safety. Shawn Springs received the free kick and returned it 21 yards to the Michigan 40, helping set up Ohio State’s first touchdown of the day.

On the third-and-goal from the Wolverine five-yard line, Bobby Hoying crawled into the end zone to give Ohio State a 9-0 lead. The teams traded field goals and the Buckeyes went into halftime with a 12-3 lead.

Although his team won, Cooper was not pleased and wanted more from his players. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cooper’s halftime speech motivated the team:

“That really sparked things between us,” said offensive tackle Korey Stringer. “Coach Cooper walked in and was more excited than I’ve ever seen him. He was so excited, next thing you know, he pulled off and turned off the board. He also put a good dent in it. ”

The move, as uncharacteristic of the mild-mannered Cooper as the win for his previous 0-5-1 record as OSU coach against the Wolverines, lent further urgency to Ohio State’s first win of the series since 1987.

“That really showed us how badly he wanted to get the win,” said OSU jammer Eddie George. “He’s usually relaxed and calm. He doesn’t usually give emotional speeches, but that definitely got us pumped.”

Early in the fourth quarter, Michigan’s Remy Hamilton trotted onto the field to attempt a 32-yard field goal and cement Ohio State’s narrow 12-6 lead. Marlon Kerner had other plans and blocked the kick and the Buckeyes returned it to the Wolverines’ 47 yard line.

Ohio State capitalized with a 36-yard field goal from Josh Jackson and Eddie George added a touchdown run for a 22-6 win. For the first time in 111 contests, Michigan went without a touchdown and Cooper recorded the first of his two wins in The Game.

Buckeyes beat Blue Bullies in Ann Arbor

A then-record crowd of 97,369 packed Michigan Stadium to see the Buckeyes’ 1955 defense completely dominate their beloved Wolverines.

How impressive were the Silver Bullets? Michigan snagged the ball just once in Ohio State territory and immediately lost yardage on the next play and never crossed the 50-yard line again. Michigan was surpassed a total of 337 yards to 109. Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, who would go on to win the Heisman, ran for 146 yards and a touchdown in his last game as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.

The Wolverines didn’t take the loss well and started playing dirty. A report of their unsportsmanlike play as described by the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

The violent war reached its climax late in the final period when three consecutive penalties against Michigan for personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct landed the ball 18 inches from Wolverine’s goal.

From that point, Vicic rushed to Ohio’s second touchdown at 1:44 p.m. of the fourth quarter.

More penalties filled the tumultuous final minute as fans crowded the touchline and attempted to tear down the goalposts before the game was over.

This was Ohio State’s first win over Michigan at Michigan Stadium since 1937, in the Francis Schmidt era 18 years earlier – and his fifth all-time in the giant bowl, which opened in 1927.

The Buckeyes won their second straight Big Ten title, and that game marked Ohio State’s 13th straight conference win, a program first. However, Michigan State went to the Rose Bowl because the Buckeyes played in Pasadena the previous year.

Statistical superlatives

Team best on November 19th

Stat

number

Game

Scored

31

Michigan, 1988

Passing farms

300

Michigan, 2005

completions

27

Michigan, 2005

rushing yards

335

State of Michigan, 2016

Total yards

469

Michigan, 1988

Few yards allowed

87

Illinois, 1932

Few points allowed

0

Michigan, 1960
Michigan, 1955
Illinois, 1932
Oberlin, 1910

Individual bests on November 19th

Stat

player

number

Game

Passing farms

Troy Smith

300

Michigan, 2005

Passing touchdowns

JT Barrett
(4 others)

1

State of Michigan, 2016

rushing yards

Carlos Snow

170

Michigan, 1988

Rapid touchdowns

Bill Matlock
Keith Byars

2

Michigan, 1988
Michigan, 1983

receptions

John Frank

10

Michigan, 1983

yards received

John Frank

123

Michigan, 1983

received touchdowns

Curtis Samuel
(4 others)

1

State of Michigan, 2016

Total touchdowns

Braxton Miller
(2 others)

2

Pennsylvania, 2011

touchdowns scored

Bill Matlock
Keith Byars

2

Michigan, 1988
Michigan, 1983

yards from scrimmage

Carlos Snow

192

Michigan, 1988

Five fun facts

  1. In 1921, Harvey Woodruff of the Chicago Tribune dubbed Illinois the “Fighting Illini” after Robert Zupke had his starting XI play on both sides of the ball and was never substituted on. Ohio State beat Illinois by 251-128 yards and 14 to 5 in first downs, but the Illini won 7-0 in a stunning upset that kept the Buckeyes from winning the conference title.

  2. The touchdown that Illinois scored that day in 1921 was the second of two touchdowns conceded by the Buckeyes that season. Both touchdowns resulted in Ohio State’s only two losses.

  3. The Buckeyes lost 10 games on November 19, more losses than any other day in November.

  4. The first Illibuck trophy was created after the game on November 19, 1927. The original “trophy” was a live turtle that did not survive its only year in Columbus after the Buckeyes’ victory in 1926.

  5. Ohio State defeated Michigan 17-0 in the Wolverines’ 600th game that day in 1955.

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