In 1967, Ohio State had a rough start, heading to Michigan State with a 2-3 record after home losses to Arizona, Purdue and Illinois. Game time weather in East Lansing was 30 degrees with snow showers. The game produced a victory for OSU — and an iconic photo of Woody Hayes wearing short sleeves in the swirling snow.
Editor's Note: This is original coverage of an event in the life of legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, taken from the archives of The Columbus Dispatch newspaper. These stories, photos and clippings in the Woody Hayes Archive predate the Internet era and are being presented in digital form for the first time.
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(Stories originally published on November 5, 1967)Huff Hustles Buckeyes Over Favored Spartans
Sophomore Big Gun in 21-7 win
By PAUL HORNUNG
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Ohio State unveiled a battering-ram fullback reminiscent of 1957 All-American Bob White Saturday and defeated Michigan State 21-7 in the latter's snow-showered homecoming game before 76,235 chilled spectators.
Paul Huff, 6-3, 220-pound sophomore, churned and jolted into the battered Spartan defenses 35 times for 120 yards in a spectacular power display that pulled the Buckeyes back up even on the season, 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten.
This finest all-around effort of the year kept alive the Bucks' dubious record of winning all of their road starts and losing all of their homes games to date.
Huff hurled himself into the end zone twice and quarterback Bill Long, apparently back in stride in his second start this year, ran for the other. . . .
* * *WoodyGiven Victory Prize 'Never Appreciated a Ball More'
By DICK OTTE
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Clutching the game ball in the crook of his left arm, Woody Hayes didn't fumble a word of praise for his victorious Buckeyes or the vanquished Spartans after Ohio State's surprise 21-7 conquest of Michigan State in Spartan Stadium Saturday.
"Never had a ball I appreciated more," said Hayes to confirm that his team had given their coach the symbol of victory.
"These kids felt they had something to prove. Getting beat at home is so humiliating, they begin to wonder if they're any good at all.
"But I say we're an improving ball club, have been since the Purdue game.
"And we have the greatest respect for Michigan State's personnel. That LaMarr Thomas is a fine football player. We thought he was the best since peanut butter. We sure tried to recruit him.
"But we kept them off balance, did some things they didn't expect us to do, and turned in a good performance both ways -- offense and defense."
Hayes then singled out individual players:
"Paul Huff ... a fine game.
"The offensive line ... blocked exceptionally well.
"Bill Long ... an extremely fine game.
"Rudy Hibbard ... gee whiz, he played good football.
"Paul Schmidlin and the others on defense ...everyone was after their passed.
Certainly this was by far our best football game."
Hayes admitted his team was "up" for the game, because "they felt that by playing well they could get back some of their dignity and respect.
"They sure did.
"We took the game right to them (Michigan State), and they never got started. We were able to follow our game plan because we never had to play catch-up football. We wanted this one badly.
"Dick Himes (offensive tackle) fired the kids up and it was by far the best game we have played. But there is no reason we can't improve even more.
"We would like to make that victory bell ring."
Ohio State, loser of four straight at home, plays Wisconsin there next Saturday, and Hayes predicted, "We can improve, you bet we can."
Hayes said his team came through with no serious injuries, adding that Bill Anders "was hurt early, but when he gets bumped a couple of times, he just gets tougher.
"I just so darned tickled with what our kids did. They were aggressive, gosh but they were aggressive.
I knew we had it when we scored the third touchdown. All the kids did one heck of a job."
Hayes also said he considers Jimmy Raye of the Spartans to be "one heck of a quarterback. It upsets me for a college crowd to boo him. I remember in the Rose Bowl two years ago, they were booing because Raye wasn't playing quarterback. We coaches can get mad at a player, tell him off, or even worse. But I don't like to see anyone boo a fine athlete."
I reply to a question, Hayes said Ohio State defensively "shot a couple of linebackers more than we have done in previous games."
He also claimed the gusty wind was "not too much of a factor except in the second quarter. We warned the boys about the snow before they ever went on the field; told them how to keep warm."
And how did Hayes stay warm in his short-sleeve shirt?
"I have on a couple of tee shirts," he laughed.
Woody also said he would "like to see the pictures on Michigan State's touchdown by Al Brenner, because we felt he shoved our safety man (Tom Portsmouth). Until we see the films, we'll have to agree it was a great catch."
Hayes saved some special praise for Long and Huff.
"Huff was playing only his second game, actually. He has been bothered by a bad back. Long ran out of trouble a couple of times; did a remarkable job."
Huff, according to Hayes, left half a steak on his plate at the pregame meal to draw a warning from his coach. "You're not eating much for a fullback who is going to carry the ball 30 times today."
Huff admitted, according to Hayes, that it was his second steak. "He told me, I ate mine and was finishing that one for someone else," Hayes said.
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POSTSCRIPT: The Buckeyes did not lose another game in 1967, closing out the season with home wins over Wisconsin and Iowa and a road victory over Michigan to finish the year with a record of 6–3 overall and 5–2 in the Big Ten.
The win over Michigan State also was the first of what would become 22 consecutive victories for Ohio State and Woody Hayes, a school record that stood until 2013.
* * *The Woody Hayes Archive:
>> Ohio State hires a new coach (1951)
>> Rose Bowl win caps perfect season for Ohio State (1955)
>> Another national title, another Rose Bowl victory for Ohio State (1958)
>> Ohio State students protest as faculty bans Rose Bowl trip (1961)
>> Thrilling comeback win at Michigan makes Ohio State's season (1965)
>> Ohio State coach visits troops in Vietnam (1966)
>> Wearing short sleeves in the snow on the Ohio State sideline (1967)
>> Ohio State's Woody Hayes joins rally with Richard Nixon (1968)
>> O.J. visits Ohio State locker room after Rose Bowl win (1969)
>> Ohio State win over Michigan called 'our greatest victory' (1970)
>> No. 1 Ohio State loses at Michigan State in controversial finish (1974)
>> Hayes starts his 25th season as Ohio State coach (1975)
>> Ohio State comeback against Michigan is 'greatest game' (1975)
>> Ohio State coach sponsors a Vietnamese refugee family (1975)
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