The Ohio State defense, plus a pair of booming punts by Tom Skladany that traveled 63 and 55 yards, and that key interception by Colzie, who had been hospitalized with a throat infection, throttled the Wolverines.
True to the tradition of the rivalry, some last-ditch heroics were in order and Michigan tried to comply when Franklin passed to Jim Smith for 21 yards. Then, in what looked like a replay of last year's fading seconds, Lantry, a 26-year-old Vietnam veteran, came in for a 33-yard field-goal attempt. The kick soared high and long enough but it was off to the left by about one foot—the same margin that denied Michigan a victory in 1973.
While Buckeye fans were dismantling the goalposts, Klaban, the man of the moment, was in the locker room addressing a new circle of admirers. Recalling the day when, as a Czech youth, he braved gunfire by border guards to escape with his family from behind the Iron Curtain, he said that he had "never even seen a football until a few years ago." He is still so unaccustomed to its idiosyncrasies, he said, that before the game he took some tips from his younger sister, because "she is the only one who understands my soccer style."
Later, a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Ohio State in Klaban's name, honoring him for being the game's outstanding offensive player. Not to be outdone, Hayes, declaring that "this was the greatest kicking game I've ever seen," awarded Klaban the game ball—and a full scholarship. Klaban can use it.
"I've never had a scholarship before," he said. "I'm a walk-on, and at Ohio State walk-ons don't get a scholarship until they've proved themselves."
It seemed the least Woody could do.