Hello again Buckeye fans and converts from TTUN. Today we celebrate the number 13, the number of points OSU scored against UCLA on October 7, 1961.
Heisman runner-up Bob Ferguson was held in check, and OSU trailed 3-0 into the second half. But the Bruins forgot about super sophs Paul Warfield and Matt Snell, who each scored touchdowns to give the Buckeyes their first win, on the way to the Football Writers Assciation of America national championship.
OSU was in line to play for the Associated Press national title, but the OSU faculty decided to turn down a Rose Bowl bid, fearing football was becoming too big in Columbus. So OSU stayed home and Alabama won the Sugar Bowl and the AP title.
That actually hurt recruiting for a couple years as opposing coaches tended to use that against the Buckeyes in trying to sway high school players away from Columbus.
A couple of interesting notes about that season, since the game was pretty boring:
Uh, good choice.