November 2, 1935 - Game of the Century I - Ohio State

Notre Dame Ohio State ProgramAs soon as the game between Notre Dame and Ohio State had been announced in 1932, there was an immediate demand for tickets. By the time the game had rolled around, Notre Dame was four years removed since Knute Rockne's death and second year coach Elmer Layden was continuing the success. Layden had been one of the Four Horsemen under Rockne and was very familiar with Notre Dame's ways. Ohio State was on top of the Big Ten, ranked number one, and riding a ten game win streak. Demand was so great for the game that even amidst the Great Depression $5 tickets were being scalped for as much as $50. There were so many counterfeit tickets being passed around that the FBI got involved. The sports writers of the day were predicting a 35-0 Ohio State win and had penciled Ohio State in as the National Champions already.

Ohio State had won the first half in all parts of the game. Their first score would come off an interception returned seventy yards for a touchdown. The second score would also be set up by an interception. At halftime, Ohio State led 13-0. Coach Layden would settle his team down and prepare them for the second half. Layden started his second string offense in the third quarter. There was not much of a drop off between the two quarters but the rules in 1935 dictated that once a player came out of the game they could not return until the next quarter. While the offense still could not score, the Notre Dame defense came alive and held Ohio State scoreless as well. With fifteen minutes remaining, Ohio State still led 13-0.

To set up the first score, Andy Pilney for Notre Dame would return a punt 47 yards to the Ohio State 13. A quick pass set up a three yard touchdown run and Notre Dame was on the board. The extra point would clang off the cross bar and Notre Dame trailed 13-6. As the quarter continued, Notre Dame would get into the red zone two more times but fumble the ball on both occasions. Notre Dame would would receive a punt and start a drive at their own 20 yard line. Pilney would not need much time to bring the team down the field in four plays. The drive was capped by a fifteen yard touchdown pass and included three total passes for seventy-five yards. Ohio State blocked the ensuing extra point and with ninety seconds left, Notre Dame trailed 13-12.

Notre Dame lined up for the onside kick but could not recover. Everyone assumed that Ohio State had it secured except Ohio State would fumble the ball out of bounds. The rules stated that when a ball was fumbled out of bounds it would be awarded to the team that touched it last (not the team that had possession) and Henry Pojman would get a hand on before it went out. With a minute to go, Notre Dame took over at midfield. Andy Pilney would again be the star with a 32 yard run down to the 19 yard line. Pilney had been the play maker all day but this would be the last college play he would ever make as he tore ligaments in his left knee. Pilney would come off the field and William "the Bard" Shakespeare came in. Shakespeare would loft a pass on his first play in and it sailed right towards a wide open Ohio State defender who luckily (for us) dropped it. Notre Dame had another chance. The second play Wayne Millner would catch a 19 yard pass on a crossing route with 32 seconds remaining as Pilney was being carried out of the stadium on a stretcher. Again, the extra point attempt would fail but Notre Dame now had the lead 18-13 and would hold on to win the game.

            1  2  3  4     
Notre Dame  0  0  0 18 - 18
Ohio State  7  6  0  0 - 13

After the game 81,000 fans sat in silence unsure of what they just witnessed. The Notre Dame fans in attendance were jubilant as they stormed the field and tore down the goal posts. Grantland Rice was in attendance and described it as the best game he had seen to date. In 1969, the Associated Press would vote this contest as the Game of the Century.

Keywords: football, ohio state, game of the century, knute rockne, elmer layden, four horsemen, andy pilney, william shakespeare, grantland rice, henry pojman, wayne millner

Posted On: 2011-11-02 03:15:00 by IrishTrpt07


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   Posted By: Jody at 2012-07-15 21:27:29[#1]
i was mainly trloling with the eligibility shit, i got bored of it.but as for beating iowa, iowa wasnt in the race for the big ten title. the head to head statistic comes down to the three teams at the top, msu, osu, and wiscy. which gives msu the advantage, but the broken bcs system paired msu with bama instead of tcu (which would have been a hell of a better game).but what irrelevance do you speak of? uofm is down, and your program also in due time, it's down to msu and nebraska.
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