Unranked Ohio State upended No. 7 Michigan in Ann Arbor, 14-9, to secure the Buckeyes’ second Big Ten title in three seasons.
Clutch defense and a pair of long touchdown drives, one in each half, helped Ohio State deny the Wolverines a Rose Bowl bid. The Buckeyes used a pair of touchdown runs by quarterback Art Schlichter and limited the Wolverines to three field goals.
Michigan moved inside the OSU 10-yard line four times, but fell short of the goal line in each visit. The game marked the first time since 1967 the Wolverines failed to score a TD in Michigan Stadium.
Schlichter’s one-yard dive capped an 82-yard march in the second quarter, but Michigan moved in front with a pair of third-period field goals. In the final quarter, Ohio State rolled 80 yards, with Schlichter scoring again, this time on a third-and-goal call at the Michigan 6. Schlichter faked out two defenders and fullback Vaughn Broadnax threw a key block to clear just enough room for the touchdown.
“This probably is the greatest thrill I’ve ever had,” Schlichter said after the game. “It’s the greatest feeling I’ve ever had, not only for me, but for the team.”
The Buckeyes advanced to complete a 9-3 season by knocking off Navy in the Liberty Bowl, 31-28, Dec. 30, 1981.
Archived Wire Reports were used in this recap