Hackett to White on the sideline: "Charlie?"
White (gasping): "Give me just one more out."
And then he was back, flu aches and all, for three yards, five yards, two yards and finally a 22 Jump to send himself vaulting and tumbling over the backs of Fullback Marcus Allen and Guard Roy Foster for the game-winning touchdown.
OSU's Carroll: "O.K., we're in State. Two tight, right.... C'mon, give us a pitch...Iso! [White runs at right guard].... This is it, Ray should be there.... C'mon, where is he?
"That's the way Earle said it was going to be, White."
Said Robinson, "It just didn't make any sense to give it to anybody else." Indeed, White carried for 71 of the drive's 83 yards, and when Ohio State got the ball again, with 1:32 left, it could do nothing. As the Buckeye buses left the stadium, many of the players stared out at the Rose Bowl and vowed, "We'll be back next year." It's not a bad bet.
Later that evening Earle Bruce and his coaches stopped off at a Hollywood deli for a sandwich. Everyone bought pastrami and corned beef sandwiches and spread them on the hood of the car in a parking lot on Sunset Boulevard. "This is what happens when you lose," said Bruce. "If we had won, I'd have been someplace with tablecloths."