Inspired Eleven Outplays Wolves
Ohio State 20 Michigan 7
Columbus, Oct. 17, 1931
Published in The Lantern on October 17, 1931
Displaying superior football in every phase of the game, an inspired Ohio State team rose to heights never before attempted never fore attained to defeat a veteran Michigan eleven by a 20 to 7 score. Sixty-eight thousand people, among them 15,000 Ohio State followers, witnessed the ancient rivals battle through one of the most exciting games of the 28 played so far.
Finding their much needed spark plug at the beginning of the second half in the form of Carl Cramer, former Dayton Silvers star, the Buckeye football machine lashed the powerful Wolverine eleven into submission in the third and fourth quarters.
Ohio State won because their stopped Harry Newman and the famous Wolverine forward passing attack and at the same time unleashed a powerful offensive of their own. For three periods the Buckeye eleven bottled up every effort of Newman and his cohorts to gain either through the air or from line play formations.
Newman Starts Late
At the beginning of the fourth period Newman finally broke through with his specialty. Three long forward passes in succession, hurled from the accurate arm of the little Wolverine field general carried the ball from the Michigan 36-yard line to Stat’s five-yard stripe. A fourth pass, with Newman fading back to the 30-yard stripe before he let go of the ball, only failed because Petosky fumbles the long accurate throw over the end zone.
This desperate forward passing attack was the final drive the Michiganders were able to muster. Its failure saved some 15,000 noisy Buckeye rooters from excessive palpitations of the heart.
Two of the greatest forward walls in all football fought themselves to standstill throughout the entire game. Neither line would give away under the battering that was thrown at them. Both lines held at opportune moments; Michigan staved off the Buckeye attack within the shadow of their own goal line at the very beginning of the game after Heston had fumbled in returning Haubrich’s opening kickoff.
Buck Line Holds
Ohio State’s forward wall staged two beautiful goal line stands; one just as the first quarter was drawing to a close with Michigan having first down on the Buckeye five-yard line and again in the fourth quarter after Newman’s sensational passing had carried the ball to a first down on the five-yard stripe. On both occasions the Wolverines were forced to resort to passes, which were unsuccessful, after attempts at the line only lost distance instead of gaining.
Fumbles were frequent on both sides throughout the game, probably due for the most part to the hard tackling employed by both teams. On one occasion State recovered a Michigan fumble in midfield only to lose the ball on the very first play they tried.
The so-called breaks of the game played a big part in the play of both teams throughout the first half. Heston’s two fumbles in the first period put Michigan on the defensive throughout the first quarter and at the same time paved the way for Ohio State’s first touchdown. Williamson’s blocking of Cramer’s punt and his falling on the ball behind the goal line supplied the Wolverines with their only score of the game.
Carroll Looks Good
Bill Carroll, the blond Columbus North High product, again played flashy ball. Going in for Holcomb early in the first quarter Carroll added a bit of life to the team and along with Hinchman began assaulting the Wolverine ends for steady gains.
Carroll scored the first touchdown of the game when he scampered 11 yards around Michigan’s right end with the aid of good blocking. Bill scored again in the second quarter when he knifed through left tackle for two yards for the second touchdown after a sustained drive had carried the ball from midfield to within scoring distance.
There were no Harleys or Stinchcombs in the Buckeye lineup that made the victory possible; it was as a first class eleven-man machine that State performed on the field. To be sure there were stars, but the individual efforts of no single man was of such a caliber that he stood out above the rest of the field.
Carl Cramer forgot his lack of confidence in himself long enough to make some beautiful runbacks of punts, one of them being for 46 yards for a touchdown. Cramer’s play was one of the features of the game. After a mediocre performance in the Vanderbilt game Carl finally came through to direct his team in a first class fashion as well as do some beautiful running on his own part.
The work of the entire Ohio State line from end to end was nothing short of sensational at times. Nasman, starting his first Varsity game at an end position, came through with flying colors, as did Sid Gilman, Minneapolis sophomore star. Vuchinich from his fullback position performed yeoman’s work in backing up the line on the defense and in blocking when the Ohio State team was on the offense. Hinchman, though not sensational, played his usual brand of hard driving football.
Bob Haubrich was knocked out twice during the afternoon, the last time after he had taken out a man that enabled Cramer to start his long dash for the goal line in the fourth period. Though carried off the field in seemingly a bad condition, Haubrich came around all right and will be set for action in the Northwestern game.