Take That! | U-M 20, OSU 14 (11/22/1997)
(aka “The Boston Massacre” HT to Marcus Ray himself)
Before a then record crowd of 106,982 at Michigan Stadium, the game began as a defensive showdown (or an offensive struggle) as possession after possession ended in a punt. Michigan finally got things going with a quick strike drive, featuring a big catch by Charles Woodson and ending in an Anthony Thomas one yard touchdown run as the A-Train slipped past OSU All-America linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer for the game’s opening score. Following an OSU three and out, Charles Woodson took the ball at his own 22, made three men miss and six years after Hello Heisman, Woodson put Michigan up 13-0 (Kraig Baker’s extra point was blocked by the aforementioned Mr. Katzenmoyer, who nearly took it back for two OSU points.)
OSU started the third quarter with a pair of picks, one by Woodson and one by Andre Weathers, who returned it 43 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-0. Ohio State clawed back into the game with a touchdown pass late in the third and then a short rushing touchdown late in the fourth. Michigan’s defense would hold fast and the roses would come out. Michigan would win 20-14 and would, thanks to a Florida upset of FSU, remain one of just two undefeated teams in the country.
The game would make the cover of Sports Illustrated, with Michigan safety Marcus Ray upending OSU’s David Boston with the tagline “Take That!”