The Ga❌e - Top ❌o❌ents in The Shoe

The Greatest Rivalry in Sports

  • 1922

    Ohio Stadiu❌ Dedication Ga❌e

    Estimated 72,500 fans attended the official dedication game for Ohio Stadium vs. Michigan, Oct. 21.

  • 1928

    The First W

    Ohio State recorded its first victory over Michigan, 19-7,  in front of 72,496 in attendance. 

  • 1934

    Good as Gold

    Led by head coach Francis Schmidt, Ohio State defeats Michigan 34-0 and the Gold Pants tradition is solidified.

  • 1936

    No. 3 for Tippy

    The Buckeyes finish the season with a 21-0 victory over Michigan. Tippy Dye becomes the first Ohio State quarterback to go 3-0 vs. the Wolverines.

  • 1950

    The Snow Bowl

    An early winter storm hits Columbus Nov. 25 as Ohio State and Michigan battle 28-mph winds and temperatures in the teens.

  • 1952

    Woody Hayes Gets First Rivalry Win

    Ohio State captured a 27-7 victory vs. That Team Up North, marking second-year head coach Woody Hayes’ first win over the Buckeyes’ rival.

  • 1954

    Goal Line Stand

    Tied 7-7 in the third quarter, Ohio State turned Michigan away at the goal line and flipped the field for what would be a 99-yard game-winning scoring drive. The Buckeyes would go on to win their second overall national championship, and the first under Woody Hayes.

  • 1968

    Buckeyes Bruise Blue

    A regular season to an eventual run to the national championship was punctuated with a 50-14 throttling of That Team Up North in The Shoe. After the game, head coach Woody Hayes offered his famous “because I couldn’t ho for three” quote when asked why he went for a late-game two-point conversion.

  • 1970


    After suffering an upset loss in Ann Arbor in 1969, Ohio State exacts its revenge with a 20-9 win to clinch the outright Big Ten title in front of a record 87,331 in The Shoe.

  • 1972

    Goal Line Stand - Stands Up

    Ohio State thwarted not one but a pair of Michigan scoring threats at the goal line to secure a 14-11 win, a share of the Big Ten title and a trip to Pasadena.

  • 1974

    Four FGs for the Win

    No. 4 Ohio State used four Tom Klaban field goals to outlast Michigan, 12-10, in front or a then-record 88,243. The win earned a third straight trip to the Rose Bowl for the Buckeyes.

  • 1982

    Today was our Rose Bowl

    Marcus Marek had 19 tackles and an interception as Ohio State handed Michigan its only Big Ten loss, 24-14, in front of a then-record 90,252 in Ohio Stadium.

  • 1984

    Record Crowd Receives Roses

    Keith Byars rumbled for three touchdowns and Ohio State outmuscled Michigan, 21-6, in front of a then-stadium record crowd of 90,286 for a bid to the Rose Bowl.

  • 1994

    George Rolls through TTUN

    Ohio State capped its regular season with a 22-6 win over That Team Up North and held the Wolverines without a touchdown for the first time in 112 games.

  • 1998

    Buckeyes Beat Brady, Win Big Ten

    David Boston racked up 217 yards on 10 catches as Ohio State rolled to a 31-16 victory and an outright Big Ten title over a Tom Brady-led Michigan team.

  • 2002

    Buckeyes Stay Unbeaten

    Ohio State put the finishing touches on an undefeated regular season with a 14-9 win over That Team Up North en route to the 2002 National Championship.

  • 2004

    Ted Ginn Goes the Distance

    An underdog in its regular season finale, unranked Ohio State got a huge punt return TD from Ted Ginn Jr. and a breakout day from QB Troy Smith to unseat the Wolverines, 37-21.

  • 2006

    No. 1 vs. No. 2

    One of the greatest games in the history of Ohio Stadium took place Nov. 18 when the No. 1 Buckeyes took on No. 2 Michigan. The Buckeyes won 42-39 to clinch a its first outright Big Ten title since 1984.

  • 2012

    Unbeaten Season Secured

    In Urban Meyer’s debut season, Ohio State capped an 12-0 campaign with a 26-21 victory in The Game.

  • 2014

    Overco❌ing Injury

    Starting quarterback J.T. Barrett suffered a broken leg in the second half and reserve Cardale Jones stepped in to seal a 42-28 victory over Michigan and earn Ohio State a berth in the Big Ten championship game en route to an eventual national title.

  • 2016

    Record Crowd Witnesses OT Thriller

    Ohio State rallied for a 30-27 double-overtime victory over Michigan in front of the largest crowd to see a game to date in Ohio Stadium – 110,045 fans.

  • 2018

    60 Burger

    QB Dwayne Haskins tossed six touchdown passes and the underdog Buckeyes pulled away from No. 4 Michigan, 62-39, and earned a bid to the Rose Bowl.

The Ga❌e: Throwback Classic

2006: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 2 ❌ichigan


Behind four touchdown passes from eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Troy Smith, top-ranked Ohio State outlasts No. 2 Michigan in an absolute slugfest



The Best Fans In The Land

Greatest Memories vs. TTUN

As part of the 100-year celebration of the iconic landmark, scroll to view a sampling of what the ‘Shoe has meant to the Buckeye faithful over the decades

Top 100 Moments

  • 1920s

    A Stadium is Born

    Ohio Stadium opens its doors and the first decade is full of impactful memories

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  • 1930s

    National Prominence

    Under new leadership, Ohio State reaches new levels of success. The great Jesse Owens establishes himself as the world’s greatest athlete.

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  • 1940s

    Top of the Mountain

    Head coach Paul Brown leads Ohio State to its first national championship; Les Horvath is the first Buckeye to win the Heisman Trophy

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  • 1950s

    Woody, Hop & National Prominence

    Woody Hayes begins his 27-year run as head coach in 1951 and the Buckeyes score a pair of national championships

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  • 1960s

    National Titles Nearly Bookend Decade

    NCAA crowns in 1961 and 1968 highlight tumultuous 10 years

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  • 1970s

    Buckeyes are the first to reach four-straight Rose Bowls

    The 10-year war with Michigan features epic battles; Archie Griffin becomes only two-time Heisman Trophy winner

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  • 1980s


    We all loved the 80s and the Buckeyes were one of the most exciting teams to watch all decade.

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  • 1990s

    Stars abound perform in the Horseshoe

    Ohio State vies for several national titles and regains it’s stand among the top teams in the Big Ten Conference

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  • 2000s

    The Stars Turned Out In The New Millenium

    The 2000s gave whole new significance to The Game at The Shoe.

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  • 2010s

    Another Era of Dominance

    Football elictrifies, adding another national title but the return of Ohio Stadium as a concert venue invigorates campus and Central Ohio.

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