Great Moments in Hate: Marcus Hall Leaves The Big House With a Double-Bird Salute in 2013

By Kevin Harrish on November 24, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Ahead of another chapter in the greatest rivalry in sports, we take a look at some of the most iconic moments that fueled the hate.

Ohio State entered the 2013 edition of The Game riding the longest winning streak in program history, but any hope of playing for a national title ran through Ann Arbor, and the Wolverines weren't going down without a fight – literally.

After taking a 21-14 lead at the start of the second quarter, Michigan decided to ambush freshman kick returner Dontre Wilson. After Wilson was tackled, a group of Wolverine players pushed him to the ground after the play and continued to crowd him so he couldn't get up and an apparent attempt to instigate a fight.

It worked.

Wilson, understandably upset, threw multiple punches despite Noah Spence's attempts to restrain him, A few other Buckeyes joined the fracas, including starting right guard Marcus Hall.

When the dust settled, three players were ejected – one backup Michigan linebacker as well as both Wilson and Hall.

Hall was quite unimpressed with the decision. He kicked a bench, threw his helmet to the ground, and on his way through the tunnel, hit The Big House his now-famous double-bird salute.

Letting the fingers fly

Redshirt freshman Pat Elflein entered the game and performed wonderfully in Hall's place and the Buckeyes went on to win a back-and-forth shootout thanks to Tyvis Powell's game-sealing interception on Michigan's would-be go-ahead two-point conversion.

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