“Because I Couldn’t Go For Three” | OSU 50, U-M 14 (11/23/1968)
Woody Hayes’ 1968 squad was top ranked and largely considered one of the best in college football history, eventually winning the national championship. Michigan kept it close until the half, but Ohio State ran off 29 straight points for the 50-14 victory – but legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes wanted more.
On the Buckeyes’ last touchdown, Hayes elected to go for the two-point conversion. When asked afterwards by reporters for his reasoning? He replied simply,
“Cause I couldn’t go for three.”
Oh, that scamp!
This, however, will lead to Don Canham’s decision to promote coach Bump Elliott to Associate Athletic Director and hire Miami (Ohio) coach and Woody Hayes protege Bo Schembechler as Michigan’s new head coach in 1969. This is a good thing.