It was always my favorite game. I was there in the scUM student section. My old college roommate was a grad student at ttun at that time and he was able to get us student tix pretty cheaply. The game was over thanksgiving which was a rarity at the time, so most of the students were not around campus that day. After the way the season had been going, I looked upon it with cautious optimism that we could pull the upset. After all, it was Michigan Week and you throw the records out for the game, and we had just been through 12 years where they had ruined our seasons one too many times and now for once we could do the same to them.
I still have so many memories of that game. The night before, we went out and painted the big rock on Wastenaw street with a big Scarlet and Gray block O. this was the rock that all the frats decorated and many times it was guarded by students. Since the students were home for the holiday, it was quite our delight the next morning when everyone was walking to the game around 11AM passing the scarlet and gray rock (unfortunately, by the end of the game someone had painted over it, but that was ok considering the result).
It was my first time in the Big House, and it was surprising, even at that time how many buckeye fans were there, especially in the Michigan Student Section. While outnumbered for sure, there were quite a few allies in our corner not too far away. At the time, they announced the crowd was the second largest for an OSU/Mich game in the Big House. Early on, when Doss had the big INT, we were excited for the result and the ensuing touchdown, but living through the rivalry for so long, knew that was not going ot be enough. However, when Wells had his big run for the TD, we knew something was different. You could sense it. Once they got up 23-0 we were feeling really good. The second half proved to be a bit of a nail biter, but the early cushion gave us hope that this year was different. We knew that the offense was pretty much non-existent, and solely was relying on the run game at the time, so the hope was to just grind a first down or two out and hope the D stayed strong. It really was not until the very end when we could relax as Navarre and company had a late drive to make it interesting and then became a battle of the D at the very end. When we held them on that final 4th down it was time to celebrate.
The game seemed like it took forever, and as a noon game, it seemed as if the sun was pretty much setting over the stadium at the end. We were living it up in Ann Arbor that night and celebrating the win and great things to come. Even then, i could not even fathom the bigger things to come the next season.