Monday, December 21, 2009

An epic defensive battle ... sort of

If you didn't like yesterday's post -- if 125-point, double-overtime thrillers aren't your thing -- I've got something that might be a little more up your alley.

Despite its name, the 1950 Snow Bowl wasn't actually a bowl -- it was the annual Michigan-Ohio State season finale -- but it has a name for a reason. This was before the days of easily accessible snow plows and huge stadium crews, so when a blizzard descended on Columbus, there wasn't a whole lot that could be done.

The results were as ridiculous as you'd imagine: There were 45 punts, many of those coming on first down just to try to avoid a turnover (yes, you read that correctly). Michigan did not achieve a first down or complete a pass, which is made more remarkable by the fact that Michigan won 9-3. The points came on an Ohio State field goal (a hell of a kick given the conditions), a safety and a touchdown off a blocked punt.

Thanks to the wondrous interwebs and the glory of Youtube, highlights are available for your viewing pleasure:

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