Ohio State ties school record with 22nd consecutive victory

Carlos Hyde
Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde (34) ran through, over and around the Illinois defense for 246 yards on Saturday.
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Ohio State crushed Illinois, 60-35, on Saturday to record its 22nd consecutive victory.

It tied the school record for wins in a row -- and what a rush it was.

Carlos Hyde ran for 246 yards while quarterback Braxton Miller added 184. Ohio State (10-0) finished with 441 total rushing yards.

It took Urban Meyer, 22-0 as the Buckeyes’ head coach, less than two years to tie a record that has stood for more than four decades.


Ohio State’s last 22-game winning streak started with a win at Michigan State on Nov. 4, 1967, and extended through the 10-0 national title season of 1968.

The Buckeyes won their first eight games of 1969 before getting shocked on Nov. 22 with a 24-12 loss at Michigan.

Woody Hayes, at the end of his life, said the 1969 squad was the best team he coached.

No. 1 Ohio State’s streak was ended by a Michigan team led by first-year coach Bo Schembechler, Hayes’ former assistant.


Michigan intercepted six Ohio State passes that day.

ABC announcer Bill Fleming called it the “upset of the century.”

It began a rivalry between the coaches that would be called “the 10-Year War.”

According to the book, “War as They Knew it,” that 1969 game was so big that President Richard Nixon cut short a budget meeting so “he could watch some of the game in his office before heading to a dental appointment.”

Watching Ohio State’s win over Illinois on Saturday was more like a root canal, while the Buckeyes should have no problem recording a record-setting 23rd straight win next week against Indiana.

The Hoosiers were 51-3 losers to Wisconsin.

Which team has the best shot of ending Ohio State’s latest winning
streak soonest?

Well, of course, the Michigan Wolverines.


Ohio State visits Ann Arbor on the following Saturday, Nov. 30.


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