UM 86 - - OSU 0
Ann Arbor, Oct. 12, 1902

Michigan Alumnus Magazine, 1902

The Ohio Game

Before the largest crowd that ever gathered at Ferry Field--fully six thousand were present--Michigan shattered all of Ohio's claims to prestige. With the distinction of playing Michigan an 0-0 game in 1900, and of holding her down to twenty-one points, the lowest score made by Michigan in 1901, Ohio invaded Ann Arbor October 2, with her two thousand followers, expecting to humiliate her rivals by again holding them to a low score and perhaps by scoring on them. That they were doomed to disappointment the score of 86 to 0 indicates with sufficient clearness.

It was an epoch-making day, for never before has there been such "rooting": the singing of popular airs with appropriate verses added to the demonstration. Every loyal Ohioan brought with him the scarlet and gray pennant of his college, and when-ever 0SU made a good play, all stood up, cheering lustily and waving their banners; and not to be outdone Michigan used the locomotive yell with telling effect, and in answer to 0SU's "wah hoo, wah hoo" they sang, (to the air of "Roll, Jordan, Roll!"),

Oh, how he ran!
Oh, how he ran!
He ran, he ran
For Michigan
Oh, how he ran!

The bands of the two Universities also vied with each other in adding to the enthusiasm.

Notwithstanding the big score, Michigan's line showed a weakness at times, which allowed 0SU's halves to make gains. On offense, it was superb, as it has been the whole season. Everywhere the plays were directed, they were productive of good gains. In punting, Sweeley gained from 15 to 20 yards on every exchange. His ability in sending spirals won him the applause of the Ohio "rooters," the work of whose punters was slovenly. The daring backfield tackling of Foss, Ohio's 118 pound quarter, was a feature.

Palmer kicked off for Michigan, and Ohio soon lost on downs on their own 4-yard line. Short line-bucks, with Heston's 20-yard end run, gave Michigan her first touchdown in 3-1/4 minutes of play.

On the next kick-off, after an exchange of punts Michigan got the ball on her own 40-yard line. Heston advanced it 40 yards on an end run, and then Lawrence dropped back for a place-kick. The ball struck the bunch of players, but a Michigan fell on it. On a fumble Ohio gained the ball only to punt it out of danger to their 40-yard line. After a series of bucks, Heston carried the ball over for the second touchdown. During the remaining half Michigan added six more touchdowns through gains on punt exchanges, end runs by Herrnstein and Heston, and line plunges of Maddock and Lawrence.

In the second half both teams made many changes. Michigan repeated her rapid advances toward Ohio's goal, and added 41 more points to her score. It was toward the middle of the half that Ohio made their only gain of consequence, when Brown made a 20-yard run around left end. He was tackled so fiercely that he had to be carried off the field. Maddock, McGugin, Jones, Cole, and Palmer all took turns in hammering Ohio's line to pieces.


MichiganPosition0. S. U.
ReddenLeft end Ranney,Tellough, Tillman
Palmer, ColeLeft tackleCoover
McGuginLeft guardLincoln, Riddle
Gregory, GoodingCenterThrower
Carter, ForrestRight GuardFay, Case
MaddockRight tackleMarker
SweeleyRight endCornell
Heston, GraverLeft HalfHill
Herrnstein, ColeRight halfMcLaren, Walker, Brown
Lawrence, JonesFullbackTownsend, Elder
Score-Michigan 86; Ohio O.  Touchdowns-Herrnstein , Heston 2, Lawrence 2, Palmer 2, McGugin 2, Jones 1, Maddock 1. Goals-Lawrence 7, Sweeley 4. Umpire-Hoaglaud, of Princeton. Referee-Hinkey, of Yale. Linesmen-Tinker, Ohio, and W. Weeks, Michigan. Timekeeper-Bliss, of Yale. Time of halves-Thirty-five and twenty-five minutes.