In 1969 Bo Schembechler came to Michigan, who still had the tradition but weren't winning. A man from Ohio who was an assistant for Woody Hayes took the reins at the University of Michigan and for 30 years led Michigan to be a powerhouse. He preached, "THE TEAM, THE TEAM, THE TEAM."
On Nov. 22, 1969, Michigan met Ohio State, and the Buckeyes were considered "the greatest college football team of all time." Ohio State had more talent and more depth. It began the Bo vs. Woody 10-year war. In front of 103,000 people, Michigan pulled off one of the greatest upsets in college football.
Early Ohio State showed they were the stronger team by scoring first, but they missed the extra point, making it 6-0. Michigan drove right down the field and took the lead 7-6 (the first time all season Ohio State trailed).
Ohio State answered right back with a drive of their own and retook the lead 12-7. The extra point was good, but Michigan was offsides, so Woody decided to go for two and OSU didn't convert it.
Michigan punched Woody and the Buckeyes right back by taking the lead back when they scored a touchdown by Garvie Craw and took the lead 14-12. Then OSU went three and out, and Michigan punt returner Barry Pierson took it to the three-yard line, and Don Moorhead scored two plays later on a QB keeper, making it 21-12.
Before the first half would end, Michigan put another drive together and added a field goal by Ted Killian after a touchdown was called back against Michigan.
In the second half Michigan's offense was stuffed by OSU; Michigan kept going three and out. Pierson played the game of his life when he picked off a pass. Michigan kept missing field goals, but Pierson was one step ahead of OSU QB Rex Kern. Michigan's offense wasn't doing anything, and OSU kept shooting themselves in the foot.
Then with 29 seconds left, backup QB Ron Maciejowski fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Cecil Pryor, and the upset was complete as the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes lost to the hated Michigan Wolverines.
ABC announcer Bill Flemming said, "There it is! What has to be the upset of the century!" The Michigan players and fans celebrated and carried Bo on their shoulders. Michigan went on to play in the Rose Bowl.
Bo and Michigan had their greatest win of all time, and it has to be the greatest game in Michigan football history.