No such warm bonds are outwardly evident between Woody Hayes and his former assistant at Ohio State, Bo Schembechler. For one thing, Hayes is averse to mentioning rival coaches' names, so for public purposes Schembechler of Michigan is "the coach from that school up north." For another, both coaches have authored new books, and Bo's Man in Motion, in which he reveals that Hayes is not only less of a handball player but once threw a chair at him during a heated argument, sells for a mere $6.95 while Woody's You Win with People commands $8.95.
On the field the differences in style are so minimal that Schembechler, to his undying chagrin, is called a "chip off the old Woody" and "Little Woody." Both are hard drivers, have hot tempers, prefer the grind-it-out offense and are always looking for new ways to make the relentless business of winning a trifle more interesting. Last week, for instance, Bo lectured his team about "thinking No. 1 until it's stamped on your mind." Then on cue, a bald assistant stepped forward and took off a stocking cap to reveal a big blue "No. 1" painted on his pate.
The game predictably developed into an unimaginative clash of I formation offenses battering against two of the best defenses in the country. Hayes came to Ann Arbor with the unspoken knowledge that the Buckeyes not only would not throw, but could not. "I can tell you that now," he said afterward—when it had become obvious. Nor is Michigan's passing worthy of celebration either but it became very effective toward the end before Quarterback Dennis Franklin suffered a broken collarbone and Schembechler deflated the ball and his team's winning chances. Ultimately, the caution may have cost Michigan the Rose Bowl invitation.
Ohio State went only as far as the squirming Archie Griffin could take it. He did not score but he slipped enough tackles to get 163 yards in 30 carries and set up a 31-yard second-quarter field goal by Blair Conway and a later five-yard TD burst by Pete Johnson.
Michigan's awakening did not come until the second half. More specifically, it was late in the third quarter when Buckeye Quarterback Cornelius Greene, facing fourth and two at the Wolverine 34, tried to sneak for the yardage. He did not make it. "I really thought we were going on to score a touchdown and maybe put the game out of reach," Woody said later.
Just as Griffin had done for Ohio State, Ed Shuttlesworth moved Michigan. "We had a great fullback in there today," said Schembechler after Shuttlesworth had gained 116 yards in 27 cracks at the heart of the Buckeye defense. "I don't remember him running that well against us the last two years," said Hayes.
Shuttlesworth carried on eight of the 11 plays that led to a 30-yard field goal by Mike Lantry early in the fourth quarter. The game-tying 49-yard TD drive featured Shuttlesworth also but it was Franklin's 27-yard pass to Paul Seal that was the biggest gainer. Franklin scored the touchdown from the 10 after a nifty inside fake to his fullback.
With Griffin carrying four straight times for 29 yards, Ohio State responded with a late bid to regain the lead. But Griffin missed two plays with a leg cramp and the drive lost its impetus.
Franklin then took Michigan to the Ohio State 48 before he was hurt. Substitute Larry Cipa entered with 2:25 remaining—under orders to stay on the ground. Schembechler was less than convincing when he explained later, "We didn't settle for a tie, we did everything we could to win." Three running plays leading to a 58-yard field-goal attempt (that came remarkably close) did not seem much like pulling out all the stops. "I was surprised," admitted Hayes. A pass interception gave Michigan a more realistic opportunity from the Buckeye 34 but this time Lantry missed badly.
As the seconds ran out on the 10-10 tie, 105,223 people, an NCAA regular-season record, went home assuming the Big Ten's Rose Bowl representative would be Michigan, since Ohio State had gone last season. But on Sunday a vote of conference athletic directors produced something of a surprise. The choice was Ohio State, no doubt a reflection of the Buckeyes' more impressive season and the fact that Franklin probably would be unable to play. The Big Ten has lost the last four Rose Bowls, so its athletic directors were guided by expedience, not sentiment. "I'm very bitter," said Schembechler. "It's a tragic thing for Big Ten football."