The Buckeyes put the finishing touches on a 10-0 national championship season by coming from behind to beat USC. The game matched unbeaten teams for the first time in the 22-year history of the Big 10-Pac 8 meeting.
Heisman winner O.J. Simpson followed a USC field goal with an 80-yard run to take the Trojans to a 10-0 lead. Ohio State answered with a 1-yard run by Jim Otis and a 26-yard field goal by Jim Roman to tie before the half.
OSU put it away with 14 points early in the final quarter Kern, the game’s MVP, hit Ray Gillian on first down for the score and a commanding 27-10 lead with 10:05 remaining. USC turned the ball over five times on the day, while OSU was error-free.