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(Image: Ohio State vs. Michigan, 1926) Though its essential character has been preserved, Ohio Stadium has undergone profound changes – fitting itself to the changing needs of its fandom. An infamous Michigan game in 1926 led to the first of many modifications. In front of a standing-room-only crowd, leading 10-0 after one quarter, the Buckeyes failed to stop Michigan’s passing game, looking, as the Makio later said, “almost as helpless as London during a German Zeppelin raid.” Michigan led 17-10 with two minutes to play when Ohio State scored on a 12-yard run – and missed the extra point. Michigan ran out the clock, and 90,000 Ohio State fans rioted, storming the field, throwing glass bottles, breaking arms and legs. The University thereafter banned standing-room-only; the policy remained in place nearly 50 years.