Top Moments of the 1950s

Hop, Woody and National Prominence

  • 1950

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    "Greatest Performance in College Football History"

    Vic Janowicz wins Ohio State’s second Heisman Trophy, and along the way his performance vs. Iowa is still considered one of the greatest in college football history: he accounted for six total TDs (two rushing, four passing), kicked 10 extra points, punted twice and played defense as a safety. Ohio State won the game, 83-21.

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    The Snow Bowl

    Michigan wins the infamous “Snow Bowl” 9-3 without registering a single first down during one of the worst snow storms in central Ohio history. The teams combined to punt the ball 45 times and all of the game’s scoring resulted from blocked punts. 

  • 1951

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    Woody Hayes Debut

    Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes is selected to replace Wes Fesler as Ohio State’s head coach. His first game at Ohio Stadium is a 7-0 win over SMU.

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    Knock Off No. 1

    The first “big win” of the Woody Hayes era is a 23-14 victory over No. 1-ranked Wisconsin. Earlier that year, quarterback John Borton throws for 312 yards and five touchdowns – a record at the time – in a 35-7 win over Washington State. 

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    Woody Hayes' First Win Over TTUN

    Another first: With a 27-7 win at home over Michigan, Hayes picks up the first of what would turn out to be 16 career wins over the Wolverines. 

  • 1954

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    Eventual National Champs Bounce No. 2

    A crowd of 82,636 – the largest to date – saw Ohio State defeat No. 2 Wisconsin and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Alan Ameche 31-14 to vault to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.

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    Buckeyes Knock Off Michigan

    Tied at 7-7 in the third quarter, an Ohio State goal line stand was the turning point as the Buckeyes flipped the field for what would prove to be the winning score on a 99-yard drive.

  • 1955

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    Hop Takes Scoring Record

    For the first time in history, Ohio Stadium (officially) drew more than 80,000 fans for each game. In his final home game, Howard “Hopalong” Cassady scores three touchdowns in a 20-10 win over Iowa.

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    B1G Record Winning Streak

    Ohio State piled up a then-school and Big Ten-record 465 yards rushing in a 35-14 win over Indiana that pushed its conference winning streak to 17 consecutive games, which was also a record at the time.

  • 1957

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    Big Win, Big Crowd

    Ohio State wins its second national championship under Hayes in a four-year span. In the home finale, in front of a then-record crowd of 82,935, sixth-ranked Ohio State defeats No. 5 Iowa, 17-13, to clinch the outright Big Ten title. 

Feature Game of the 1950s

 

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Nicknamed “The Snow Bowl,” Ohio State battled against Michigan in deplorable conditions at Ohio Stadium during one of the most noted games in the history of the storied rivalry. Michigan went on to win 9-3 as both teams battled single-digit temperatures, gusting winds, and snow falling at two inches per hour.​

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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  • 1940s

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    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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  • 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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