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Ohio State On This Date: October 23rd

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October 23, 2021 at 9:45am
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Wes Fesler
Wes Fesler did not mince words following the 34-32 victory over Wisconsin in 1948, "It was plain murder. Let me sit down, I'm about to die."

Ohio State On This Date is a weekly look at Ohio State's record on the date of each game day. Today, we delve into the Buckeyes' performance on October 23rd.

FIVE THINGS 10/23
  1. This is the 19th time (14–3–1) Ohio State has played on October 23rd.
  2. The first game played on 10/23 was 125 years ago. The Buckeyes were shutout to host Oberlin, 0-16, in 1896.
  3. Ohio State's largest margin of victory on October 23rd was a 29-0 demolition of Denison in 1909. 
  4. This will be the 15th straight time the Buckeyes have faced a conference opponent on this date. 
  5. The last time Ohio State lost on the 23rd of October was 1943. Northwestern came to Columbus and blanked the Baby Bucks 13-0.

October 23rd, 1948 • Wisconsin • Ohio Stadium
The Buckeyes were back home to take on Wisconsin a week after dispatching Indiana following touchdowns from Jimmy Clark and Whisler. After four games, Fesler's 1948 team already scored more points than his '47 squad. 

Like Fesler, Wisconsin head coach Harry Stuhldreher also felt pressure to perform. In his 13th season with the Badgers, Stuhldreher carried a 44–58–6 career record into the matchup with Ohio State. With his team off to a 1–3 start, Stuhldreher knew he needed a victory against the Buckeyes.

The Badgers took a quick 12-0 lead over the host Buckeyes. It took a quarter, but Ohio State's offense found success through the air and erupted for 20 points in the second stanza. At halftime, the Buckeyes led 20-19.

Inspired by Stuhdreher's words, Wisconsin again led by 12 points in the third. Ohio State fought back but trailed 32-27 heading into the final quarter.

Not long into the fourth, Jerry Krall connected with Alex Verdova on a 4-yard touchdown pass. That proved to be enough for Ohio State to earn a much-needed 34-32 win. Pandel Savic, Krall and Verdova accounted for the five touchdown passes. 

The game was Ohio State's 500th overall, and the program carried a 313–151–36 record.

GAMES PLAYED ON OCT. 23rd
YEAR OHIO STATE'S RANK OPPONENT LOCATION SCORE B1G FINISH
2010 No. 11 PURDUE H 49–0 1st
2004   INDIANA H 30–7 5th
1999 No. 22 No. 24 MINNESOTA A 20–17 8th
1993 No. 3 PURDUE A 45–24 1st
1982   INDIANA A 49–25 2nd
1976 No. 9 PURDUE H 24–3 1st
1971 No. 12 WISCONSIN H 31–6 3rd
1965   WISCONSIN A 20–10 2nd
1954 No. 4 WISCONSIN H 31–14 1st
1948   WISCONSIN H 34–32 4th
1943   NORTHWESTERN H 0–13 7th
1937 No. 12 NORTHWESTERN H 7–0 2nd
1926   IOWA H 23–6 3rd
1920   WISCONSIN H 13–7 1st
1915   WISCONSIN A 0–21 3rd
1909   DENISON H 29–0  
1897   OTTERBEIN H 12–12  
1896   OBERLIN A 0–16  

 

OHIO STATE'S RECORD ON OCT. 23rd
  RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 14–3–1 .806 417–213 23–12
HOME 10–1–1 .875 283–100 24–8
AWAY 4–2 .667 134–113 22–19

 

RECORD AGAINST B1G OPPONENTS ON OCT. 23rd 
  RECORD WIN & POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 13–1 .929 376–164 27–12
HOME 9–1 .900 242–88 24–9
AWAY 4–0 1.000 134–76 34–19

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