Sept. 14, 1974
No. 4 Ohio State def. Minnesota, 34-19
In their first road season opener since 1912, Hall of Fame coach Woody Hayes and the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes headed to Minnesota to square off against the Golden Gophers. The highly-touted Buckeyes put together a less-than-stellar performance against the unranked Gophers. However, junior running back and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin (Ohio State) would make his way into the record books, as well as the endzone, to ensure an Ohio State win. His 133 yards on the ground made him the school's all-time rushing leader in only the first game of his junior season, giving him 2,577 career yards at game's end. Griffin would go on to become the first junior to win the Heisman Trophy and became the award's only repeat winner a year later.