November 25, 1972 • Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH • ABC • 12:00 p.m. CST
3 Michigan Wolverines 9 Ohio State Buckeyes
Team 1 2 3 4 Totals
Wolverines 0 3 8 0 11
Buckeyes 0 7 7 0 14

Columbus (87,040)

OSU clinches Rose Bowl berth and avenges '71 loss

Dreary, rainy afternoon

National TV


1st Quarter

No Scoring

2nd Quarter
  • MICH: Lantry 35 yard field goal
  • OSU: Henson 1 yard run (Conway kick)...Griffin 15 yd run set up score

MICH had first and goal at the one just before halftime but Dennis Franklin fumbled on fourth down

3rd Quarter
  • OSU: Griffin 30 yard run (Conway kick)
  • MICH: Shuttlesworth 1 yard run (Franklin to Haslerig pass ), 5:00
4th Quarter
  • No Scoring

MICH had first and goal at the five early in the quarter but Gradishar stopped Franklin's sneak at the one on fourth down (Randy Logan intercepted Hare at OSU 29 to start drive)

George Hasenhorl sacked Franklin at OSU 41 to stop final drive

OSU fans tore down the goal posts with 13 seconds left


"I think we have the best goal-line defense in the country." -Randy Gradishar

"This is the best Michigan team I ever coached. We never dominated a team so much, then lost the game."

-Bo Schembechler




  • Palm Beach Post. 26 Nov 1972.
  • College Football Belt