Gameday+ | Rearview mirror: Oct. 6, 1962

Staff Writer
Buckeye Xtra
Ohio State back Paul Warfield (42) barrels along in the third quarter in Bloomington, Ind., in 1963, into the waiting arms of Indiana's back Marvin Woodson (40). Warfield gained about 5 yards on the play. Ohio State won, 21-0. [File photo]

Oct. 6, 1962

Each week, Gameday+ takes a look at an Ohio State game played on this date:

UCLA 9, Ohio State 7

Setup: Fresh off a 1961 season in which Ohio State went unbeaten (with one tie) yet was denied a chance to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl by the university’s faculty council, the Buckeyes entered 1962 as the nation’s No. 1 team. That lofty ranking survived an opening romp over North Carolina but could not withstand a trip to the West Coast, a bugaboo that bit the Buckeyes plenty under coach Woody Hayes. OSU had plenty of talent on offense, but execution was an issue against two-touchdown underdog UCLA, which three times stopped the Buckeyes at the Bruins’ 1-yard line.

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Stars: Ohio State got decent rushing performances — Paul Warfield had 74 yards, Bob Klein 57 and John Mummey 54 — but none was able to crack the Bruins’ end zone. Matt Snell had the only touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Joe Sparma. Kermit Alexander had given UCLA a 6-0 lead with a 45-yard scoring run on the Bruins’ second play from scrimmage.

Turning point: OSU clung to a 7-6 lead after Snell’s TD but failed to convert from the UCLA 1 on its next two drives, losing a fumble by Mummey and getting held on downs. The score stayed that way until the Bruins embarked on a 17-play, 70-yard drive capped by Larry Zeno’s 24-yard field goal. UCLA converted plays of fourth-and-9 and third-and-10 on the drive.

Impact: Three days after the loss, Ohio State’s athletic council voted to send the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl if they received an invitation. It never came. OSU suffered a wildly inconsistent 1962 season, handing Wisconsin its only regular-season defeat and smashing Michigan 28-0, but losing by 14 points at Iowa and scraping by a weak Indiana team. The ’62 season was the first of six that saw the Buckeyes fail to win a Big Ten title, the longest drought in Hayes’ tenure.

Quotable: “Give up conservative football? Conservative football has been too good to us.” — an incredulous Hayes, responding to a question by a reporter, probably one of those West Coast agitators

Ray Stein / rstein@dispatch.com

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