Remember When: Ohio State Crippled Its Big-Time Foes But Couldn't Beat Them?

By D.J. Byrnes on August 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm
Remember When?

Ohio State football, though popular in the 1930s, wasn't the juggernaut we know today. The Buckeyes ended a 15-year Big Ten championship drought in 1935, but a 18-13 defeat to Notre Dame in Ohio Stadium blemished the otherwise spectacular run.

The following year, Pittsburgh came to Columbus, and the Panthers left with a six-point victory, 6-0, over the Buckeyes.

Curiously, however, both Pittsburgh and Notre Dame lost their next contests. Notre Dame suffered a 14-7 home defeat to Northwestern, while Pittsburgh lost a 7-0 contest to West Dequesne. 

While most people would credit the Wildcats and Dukes for pulling the upset, the official voice of the Ohio State studentry posited a different take.

From the November 19th, 1936 edition of The Lantern:

The Lantern, circa 1936

Good to know the more things change, the more they stay the same; Northwestern still rates "doodly" 80 years later. As for the Buckeyes, well, I hope the unnamed author lived long enough to see their worries put to rest.

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