On this date in Ohio State football: Nov. 19, 1994
Taking a look back at a game Ohio State played on this date:
Ohio State 22, Michigan 6
Setup: As every school-age Buckeye is taught, Ohio State’s recent run of success against Michigan was born out of the misery of the late 1980s and ’90s. The Buckeyes went 0-5-1 against Michigan in John Cooper’s first six years, prompting his seat to become so hot that even Wolverines players were grabbing for matches. “We want to get Cooper fired,” Michigan receiver Walter Smith said before the 1994 game. “We want to keep on beating them and beating them until he’s not there.” Now why you want to go poke a bear, son?
Stars: The OSU offense managed only 210 yards, but the defense and special teams came through. Michigan was held without a touchdown for the first time in nine years and was only two of 12 on third-down conversions.
Turning point: Ohio State led 12-6 early in the fourth quarter when Marlon Kerner blocked Remy Hamilton’s field-goal attempt and OSU recovered at the Michigan 47. Six plays later, Josh Jackson kicked a 36-yard field goal to push OSU’s lead to 15-6. One play after that, Luke Fickell batted and then intercepted a Todd Collins pass, leading to Eddie George’s 2-yard run for the clinching touchdown.
Impact: The Ohio Stadium crowd stormed the field after the game, and Cooper received a brief ride on his players’ shoulders before sliding off his perch and into the masses. The win sent the Buckeyes to the Florida Citrus Bowl, where they lost to Alabama. It would be a while before fans could celebrate another Michigan win — four more years, in fact.
Quotable: “I didn’t beat Michigan today. Just like in past years I didn’t think I lost to Michigan. … It doesn’t get any better than this, guys.” — Cooper, who would end his 13-year run with a 2-10-1 record against the Wolverines and a 3-8 mark in bowls