On this date in Ohio State football: Sept. 25, 1976

Ray Stein
Buckeye Xtra
Jeff Logan in 1977

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.