Top Moments of the 1940s

Ushering in a new era

  • 1941

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    Paul Brown Almost Misses Debut

    Paul Brown coaches his first game at Ohio Stadium – barely. After stopping to say hello to friends from Massillon outside the stadium, Brown is told by a gate attendant who didn’t recognize him that he must have a ticket to enter. A trainer eventually lets him in and Ohio State wins 12-7.

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    "One of the most-thrilling battles"

    According to the Ohio State yearbook, the Brown-led Buckeyes prevailed 46-34 in “one of the most thrilling battles in the history of the Western Conference.”

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    Buckeyes are Nation's No. 1 Team

    Ohio State finishes 9-1 and wins its first national championship, rising to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll following a 41-12 victory in the season’s final game over Iowa Pre-Flight.

  • 1943

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    Fifth Quarter

    In the home finale against Illinois, Ohio State defeated Illinois 29-26 in the infamous “Fifth Quarter” game that was decided on a last-second field goal only after Illinois’ defense was called for being offside on what fans thought was the final play of the game.

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    "He's An All-American All The Way"

    Under acting head coach Carroll Widdoes, who replaced now-Navy lieutenant Paul Brown, Ohio State completes its second undefeated and untied season in school history with an 18-14 win in front of nearly 72,000 fans vs. Michigan. Les Horvath is the Buckeyes’ first Heisman Trophy winner.

  • 1945

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    New Season Attendance Record

    More than 544,000 fans pile into Ohio Stadium to watch the Buckeyes complete a 7-2 season overall.

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    Huge Crowd vs. Michigan

    The second-largest crowd to-date of 82,845 saw the No. 18 Buckeyes go toe-to-toe with No. 1 Michigan only to fall 13-3 on Nov. 20

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    Comeback vs. Badgers

    Trailing 32-20 late in the second half, the Buckeyes took to the air and a pair of touchdown passes rallied Ohio State for a 34-32 “hair-raising” victory.

Feature Game of the 1940s

 

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In the 1942 season, the University of Michigan, who had beaten Notre Dame a week earlier, were heavy favorites heading down to Columbus, but the Buckeyes dazzled the Maize and Blue with three passing touchdowns and prevailed 21-7. The win gave them the Big Ten title.​

Top 100 Moments

  • 1920s

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    A Stadium is Born

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

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  • 1930s

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    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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  • 1950s

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    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

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    National Titles Nearly Bookend Decade

    NCAA crowns in 1961 and 1968 highlight tumultuous 10 years

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  • 1970s

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    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

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    Primetime

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

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  • 1990s

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    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

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    A New Century

    The Shoe rings in its second century with endless exciting moments, including the 2002 National Championship and the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in stadium history

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  • 2010s

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    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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