ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ohio State scored 16 second half points to stun the Wolverines in Michigan Stadium, 23-20. Chris Spielman, playing in his final game at OSU, helped spur a defensive charge in the second half (16 tackles for the day), allowing the offensive effort to stand up for the win.

OSU (6-4-1, 4-4) was limited to 91 yards and a lone touchdown in the first two quarters, but held a 253-91 total offense advantage in the final 30 minutes. UM (7-4, 5-3) moved inside the Buckeyes’ 37 yard line only once in the second half.

Trailing 13-7 at the break, Tom Tupa hit Carlos Snow on the Buckeyes’ first possession for a 70-yard touchdown with 12:44 to go in the stanza. David Brown’s interception of a Demetrius Brown pass at the Michigan 27 set up a 19-yard, three-play scoring drive four minutes later for a 20-13 lead. Matt Frantz missed the extra point kick for the first time in 52 tries.

After the Wolverines pulled even at 20-20, a 26-yard field goal by Frantz – that proved to be the game-winner – climaxed a 77-yard drive from the Buckeyes’ 14 following a Michigan punt. Michigan started its next possession at its own 38, and advanced to the 47 before Hoard fumbled and Eric Kumerow recovered for OSU with 4:15 to play in the game.

The Buckeyes moved to the Michigan 1, but were stopped on downs with :09 showing on the clock. Two long pass attempts by UM were incomplete to end the game.



Date League Season Attendance
November 21, 1987 Ohio State 1987 106,031


Ohio State07133323Win


Michigan Stadium