Nov. 10, 1956
Each week, Gameday+ takes a look at an Ohio State game played on this date:
Ohio State 35, Indiana 14
Setup: Ohio State football in the mid-1950s was a time for Woody Hayes to establish his program as a Big Ten powerhouse. The Buckeyes won a share of the national championship in his fourth season, 1954, but back then the focus wasn’t so much on the national picture as it was the league. And in that quest Ohio State was unmatched. OSU went unbeaten in conference play in 1954 and again in ’55, losing twice out of league. The 1956 season included another nonconference loss, against Penn State, but by early November had established a Big Ten record for consecutive league wins, with 16. A Dad’s Day game against Indiana offered the Buckeyes a good opportunity to stretch their mark.
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Stars: Impressed that J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber totaled 254 rushing yards against Nebraska last week? Check this out: Against the Hoosiers, Galen Cisco (160 yards), Jimmy Roseboro (157) and Don Clark (112) combined for 429 yards on the ground as Ohio State chewed up 465 rushing yards and cruised to victory. It was the first of five OSU games in which three backs topped 100 yards rushing.
Turning point: Ohio State scored on two of its first three possessions, then thwarted an Indiana drive when Don Vivic intercepted an Indiana pass near midfield. The Buckeyes went seven plays, with Roseboro getting the final 2 yards for a 21-0 lead with 29 seconds remaining in the first half.
Impact: With a record performance in the books, Ohio State set its sights on an unprecedented third straight Big Ten title. Instead, the Buckeyes didn’t score another point all season. They managed only 147 yards in a 7-0 loss at Iowa, then committed six turnovers in a 19-0 defeat to Michigan in the regular-season finale.
Quotable: “I left our first string in because I thought it would do them more good to work against Indiana than to scrimmage next week. They had their scrimmage today.” — Hayes, explaining his lack of free substitutions and throwing some serious shade
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