December 14, 2017

#TBT: Ohio State vs. USC

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Dec. 14, 2017

Two of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history will meet at the 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic when Ohio State clashes with USC of the 24th time. Take a look back at some of the Buckeye triumphs in this storied matchup.

Oct. 10, 1942
USC 12
Ohio State 28

En route to the first national championship in program history, Ohio State defeated USC by a decided margin for the second season in a row. The Buckeyes chewed up 258 yards on the Ohio Stadium turf and behind backs Paul Sarringhaus and Gene Fekete controlled the contest.

Rose Bowl
Jan. 1, 1955

No. 1 Ohio State 20
No. 17 USC 7

Woody Hayes made his first trek to the Rose Bowl as a coach and his national champion Ohio State team dominated USC, 20-7, in the mud and rain. Dave Leggett quarterbacked the Buckeyes to three touchdowns and and Howard “Hopalong” Cassady ran for 92 yards to lead an OSU ground attacked that piled up 300-plus.

Oct. 1, 1960
USC 0
No. 9 Ohio State 20

Bob Ferguson accounted for all the scoring for both squads as Ohio State topped USC in Ohio Stadium. The bruising Buckeye back ripped off a 74-yard TD run to put the Buckeyes ahead for good in the first quarter before tacking on a 2-yard plunge in the second quarter and a 19-yarder in the closing period. The Buckeye defense held USC to less than 175 yards of total offense and forced the Trojans into five turnovers, including 4 interceptions.

Rose Bowl
Jan. 1, 1969

No. 1 Ohio State 27
No. 2 USC 16

In the first meeting between unbeaten Big Ten and PAC-10 teams in the Rose Bowl, top-ranked Ohio State found itself down 10-0 midway through the second quarter before scoring the game’s next 27 points. A pair of costly Trojan turnovers led to fourth-quarter touchdowns that put the game out of reach. Ohio State utilized a punishing ground attack, totalling 260 yards rushing on 67 attempts. On the day the Buckeye defense forced USC into five turnovers en route to securing the 1968 National Championship.

Rose Bowl
Jan. 1, 1974

No. 4 Ohio State 42
No. 7 USC 21

The ground and pound combo of Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin (149 yards) and backfield mate Pete Johnson (94 yards) broke open what was a close game as Ohio State ran away from USC in the second half. The Buckeyes, who fell behind 21-14 early in the third quarter, rallied to score the final 28 points of the ball game with that rushing attack leading the way with 320 yards.