Game of the Century, 1935

Dec 04, 2012

Love these old football films...

November 2, 1935:  In the original “Game of the Century” and the first meeting ever between Ohio State and Notre Dame, the undefeated Fighting Irish scored 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to stun unbeaten Ohio State 18-13 in front of 80,000 fans in Columbus, ending the Buckeyes’ ten game winning streak. Trailing 13-6 with 90 seconds left, Irish QB Andy Pilney threw a TD pass to Mike Layden, but the extra point failed. After a failed onside kick, Ohio State began to run out the clock, but Pilney forced a fumble. The Irish recovered at their own 45 yard line, and on the next play, Pilney scrambled to the Ohio State 19. He injured his knee, and reserve QB and future Hall of Famer Bill Shakespeare stepped in. After an incompletion, he hit future Hall of Famer Wayne Milner with the game winning TD pass with 32 seconds left to secure the miraculous comeback. The Buckeyes would end the season as Big Ten Champions with a 7-1 record. The Irish were stunned the next week by Northwestern and finished 7-1-1. Irish head coach Elmer Layden and Buckeye head coach Francis Schmidt would both end their careers as members of the College Football Hall of Fame, Layden as a player and Schmidt as a coach.


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