Michigan vs Ohio State Football – Looking Back – 1995


The fifth and final installment of this year’s series looking back at the football rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State takes us back to 1995. The larger word had yet to discover the Internet, and Ohio State was on the verge of becoming a national football powerhouse. The Buckeyes were almost certainly headed to the Rose Bowl; the only thing that remained was their coronation in Ann Arbor. 

But a funny thing happened on the way to that coronation. Ohio State had defeated Michigan the previous year, and was feeling very confident leading up to “The Game” in 1995. There’s a fine line between confidence and overconfidence. More to the point, you don’t want to give your opponents ammunition. and the Buckeyes did just that. 

Naturally, Michigan players heard about this. It was an interesting season for Michigan. Lloyd Carr had replaced Gary Moeller as head coach, but Carr was only initially hired on an interim basis. The season started with a wild comeback win over Virginia on the game’s final play, but Carr’s team had been inconsistent. During the week of the game, Michigan tailback Tshimanga “Tim” Biakabutuka assured Carr that he had nothing to worry about; that the team would be ready for Ohio State when the game rolled around. 

Sometimes — most times — those assurances should be taken a fair amount of skepticism, but Biakabutuka was a man of his word. Biakabutuka shredded the Ohio State defense for 313 yards, and freshman defensive back Charles Woodson left his imprint on the Buckeyes with a pair of interceptions, with the final pick salting away a 31-23 win for Michigan. The victory didn’t help Michigan very much in the Alamo Bowl, where the Wolverines lost to Texas A&M. But history has largely forgotten about the low-level bowl game, while the win over Ohio State has become part of the lore of that series. 

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About Jeff Cummins

Jeff Cummins has written about football since 1998, including nine years with The Record of Hackensack, N.J. He frequently contributes feature stories to Touchdown Illustrated, an insert in the national college football game program, published by University Sports Publications, and he has also written the official pregame stories for the game programs of the Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Gator Bowl, and the BCS National Championship game. He has written the preview story for the official program for the NHL Winter Classic at MIchigan Stadium, and numerous college basketball feature stories for College Hoops Illustrated, another game program insert published by University Sports Publications. In addition, he has written stories about theater, music, physical therapy, and newsletter marketing. He’s an avid Michigan football fan and long-time New York Jets season ticket holder, and he can be reached at jeffcummins@optonline.net.