Dayton Daily News coverage of the Ohio State-Notre Dame football game over the years
His nationally-aired “Sportlight” column was copyrighted by Columbus, and legendary DDN sportswriter Si Burick noted that Rice’s presence greatly increased the likelihood of the game’s best players earning All-Star recognition. American at the end of the season because Rice was one of the selectors and the rest of the then powerful Eastern press often followed his lead.
Rice wrote before the game that it would be tight, and Burick predicted the passing game would play a big role.
(Meanwhile, a note in the upper right corner of an edition of the newspaper stated that Columbus police would be on the lookout for drunks during the game.)
Burick proved prophetic as the game came down to a last play pass from Notre Dame’s Bill Shakespeare that Wayne Milner caught in the end zone for the game-winning score.
“Notre Dame came out of the jaws of hell to beat Ohio State 18-13 today in front of 81,000 to claim the biggest football win in Blue and Gold’s long and storied history,” wrote Rice with her bombastic signature.
A year later, the teams met in South Bend for a game that featured far less attention and action.
Burick made the trip for DDN, and his recap of the game noted that Ohio State’s 7-2 loss was marked by plenty of missed scoring opportunities for the Buckeyes.
Six decades later, the teams met again in a game that almost matched the hype of the 1935 game.
This time, Eddie George was the cover boy as he ran for over 200 yards and the Buckeyes rallied to win 45-26.
As was the case in the 1930s, the second leg of the home-and-away series played second fiddle to the first.
This time, Ohio State scored early and held off the Fighting Irish for a 29-16 win that saw Pepe Pearson rush for 173 yards and the first-ever Silver Bullet defense held the Fighting Irish to 280 total yards.
When the teams played in the Fiesta Bowl again after the 2005 season, the front page featured January 1 stories about the Northmont High School Marching Band playing in the Fiesta Bowl Parade and a column by Tom Archdeacon about the linebackers in the ‘Ohio State, including the Centerville AJ. Hawk, growing their hair long as a tribute to Pat Tillman.
Offense took center stage in the game, however, as Troy Smith led a 34-20 fight that included 617 total offensive yards.
Unfortunately, the game had to share the front page with news of former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett turning himself in to Columbus police after being charged with robbing two people under the threat of a gun early on New Year’s Day.
In the last game, our David Jablonski wrote that Ohio State was all business as the Buckeyes prepared to face the Fighting Irish again in the Fiesta Bowl – this time as the defending national champions who won’t. weren’t going to be able to defend their title but wanted to go out on a high.
They did just that, capping a four-year 50-4 streak with a 44-28 win that the Buckeyes controlled most of the time.