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Don Unverferth

By blasko
Published Oct 22, 2010
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7. Don Unverferth (1963-65) – A player whose athletic legacy has largely been forgotten, Unverferth was a strong-armed quarterback out of Dayton. As a sophomore, he ran for the winning touchdown in OSU’s 14-10 victory at Michigan in 1963 and then engineered a 9-7 win at Ann Arbor two years later. When he finished his career, he had set the school career record with 2,518 passing yards. The mark stayed on the books for 16 years until Schlichter broke it midway through the 1979 season. After his football career ended, Unverferth went on to graduate No. 1 in his class from the OSU Medical School and became a world-renowned cardiologist at University Medical Center. He died in 1988 and the Unverferth House on the university campus was dedicated in May 1989 in his honor.

Ohio State had been rolling along with a dream 1964 season as the calendar flipped to November. They were 6-0 and ranked #2 in the country, just behind resurgent Notre Dame, and only two sub-.500 teams- Penn State (still an independent at the time) and Northwestern- stood between OSU and a showdown in the ‘Shoe with TBGUN for the Big 10 title and Rose Bowl trip. For years, fans had bemoaned the fact that Woody Hayes’ teams never seemed to be prepared for non-league foes, and this assertion certainly gained steam on November 7th, 1964 as a 3-4 Penn State squad came to Columbus and shocked the college football world with a 27-0 thumping of the Buckeyes. Hayes’ troops rebounded the next week to edge Northwestern 10-0, breaking a two-year losing streak to the Wildcats, but a week later Michigan blanked the Bucks by that same 10-0 count to win the conference crown and earn their first trip to Pasadena since 1950 when they won the legendary “Snow Bowl” game. It also broke a four-game Scarlet and Gray win streak over the Maize and Blue, and although that string helped boost Woody Hayes’ career mark over UM to 9-5, the 1964 loss was the FOURTH time in those 5 defeats that the Buckeyes had been shutout.

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