To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Buckeyes’ 1968 National Championship and defeat of USC in the ’69 Rose Bowl, we re-aired the game live on OhioStateBuckeyes.com and Facebook.com/buckeyes.
It was a game that’s billing was as big as the beehive hairdos of its era.
The 1969 Rose Bowl pitted the unbeaten and untied Ohio State Buckeyes and their heralded gang of Super Sophomores — champions of the Big Ten conference — vs the mighty Trojans of the University of Southern California — the class of the PAC-10 who boasted that year’s Heisman Trophy winning talent in all-star tailback O.J. Simpson.
It was a game for the ages – not the matchup of the decade – between Coach Woody Hayes’ top-ranked Scarlet and Gray and John McKay’s No. 2-rated Men of Troy.
Relive the day — Jan. 1, 1969 — as the Buckeyes rallied past USC en route to the program’s fifth all-time national championship.
🏈 50th Anniversary: Celebrate ’68! 🏆Watch the Super Sophs defeat O.J. Simpson and the USC Trojans in the 1969 Rose Bowl to claim the National Championship🎥 Livestream re-air right here 2-4 p.m.🌹 2018 Rose Bowl Tickets: go.osu.edu/Rose_Bowl_Central#GoBucks
Posted by Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday, December 13, 2018
In one of the great games of all-time in Pasadena, OSU overcame a 10-0 deficit and rolled to a 27-16 win. Though he scored on an 80-yard run, Simpspn was held to 91 yards on 27 carries the rest of the way.
Arguably the finest team in the 128-year history of Ohio State football, the “Super Sophomores” and Co. earned the school’s fifth national championship. Before the final polls crowning the Buckeyes champions were released, Coach Hayes departed for Vietnam for a volunteer trip to talk football with U.S. servicemen. Later, the Sporting News called this team one of the 10 greatest college football teams of all-time.