Taking a look back at a game Ohio State played on this date:

Missouri 22, Ohio State 21

Setup: The Buckeyes were a juggernaut with at least two G's. They entered ranked No. 2, had lost only one of their previous 36 regular-season games and hadn't lost at home since the 1971 season. Under coach Al Onoforio, the Tigers weren't exactly Big 8 royalty.

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Stars: For OSU, Pete Johnson rushed for 119 yards and three TDs and Jeff Logan added 110 yards. But the big star was Missouri QB Pete Woods, a sophomore who was in the lineup only because of an injury to starter Steve Pisarkiewicz. Woods directed two second-half scoring drives as Mizzou rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit.

Turning point: After Woods' TD pass to Leo Lewis with 12 seconds remaining made it 21-20 OSU, Onofrio went for two. The Buckeyes held on a pass play -- but they also were flagged for defensive holding. Given new life from the 11/2, Woods called his own number and dived in over the left side.

Impact: Ohio State never again would get so close to a No. 1 ranking under coach Woody Hayes. The Buckeyes tied UCLA the week after losing to the Tigers and then won six straight before a loss to Michigan in the regular-season finale -- the first of three losses to the Wolverines in Hayes' twilight.

Quotable: Hayes was remarkably calm after the loss, congratulating Woods and the Mizzou effort — until he was peppered with questions about the holding call. "You'd love to get me to say that so you could say I'm alibiing. Nuts. Nuts." Then he walked out.

rstein@dispatch.com