Ohio State – Michigan in a Blizzard

November 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

 On Nov. 25, 1950 Michigan and Ohio State met for what has been called the “Blizzard Bowl” or the “Snow Bowl“. Check out the film of the storm here and here. Michigan won the game 9-3 despite gaining only 27 yards of offense in 46 plays. They had no first downs, didn’t complete a pass and punted 24 times. In fact, there were 45 punts in the game. Both teams mostly tried two runs then punted on 3rd down, so in case the punter slipped, they could try again on fourth down. Only 2 of the 45 punts were returned (for a total of 8 yards). That was mostly because the return man couldn’t find the ball. Most just hit the snow and stopped without bouncing. There were only 10 fumbles in the game. The temperature at the start of the game was +10° and the wind was howling out of the north-northeast. One Ohio St. player remarked that he was supposed to go down and block a linebacker, but when he ran downfield he could find him! All the points were scored after blocked kicks in the first half. Several hundred Boy Scouts were on the sidelines helping to sweep snow off the field so the officials and players could find the yard markers. Most of the state of Ohio got 10″ or more of snow, with reports up to 33″ and drifts up to 25 feet! The temperature in Grand Rapids that morning reached -10°F, the coldest temperature ever recorded here in the month of November. (photo – OSU library)

40 Responses to “Ohio State – Michigan in a Blizzard”

  1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Um….no thanks.

  2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Yes and those were the good ole days when we used to have good winters and a lot of snowstorms!

  3. Barry in Zeeland says:

    Praise be that will probably never happen again in our lifetime.

    1. Jack says:

      CUE: ;-) . Doris Day – Que Sera, Sera

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  4. Stephen says:


    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      The OSU football program is about as dirty as they come. This program is run by a bunch of lying and cheating scoundrels.

      1. Stephen says:

        Dont be mad because you lost. You lost fair and square quit crying about it. The people that had ANY part of this are gone. I have some tissues for you if need be.

        1. Ned S. (Now in South Holland) says:

          I don’t think Urban Meyer is that clean. As I recall, he stole at least one committed recruit from MSU, not to mention his sending doctored game tapes ro MSU as well.

        2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

          Urban Meyer is lying, cheater. He is as dirty as they come!

  5. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    With a SW wind ahead of this little system coming, I am thinking we may see some lake enhanced snow.

    1. Jordan (Twin Lake) says:

      The NWS says just along 131 not east or west of 131 just roughly along 131

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Huh? Very strange.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      There is no system heading for us next week and we will not be seeing any type of accumulating SNOW next week, in fact it will be warming up to above average temperatures by the middle of the week and beyond!!!

      1. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

        Calm down, Rocky. I am referring to the system tonight. In fact, it is snowing here right now.

  6. DerekS says:

    I thought we were going to get shovelable snow this month?

    1. Barry in Zeeland says:

      Yes. You could have shoveled yesterday before it melted. You missed your opportunity. Sorry.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Ya right!

  7. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Ok, this is getting annoying. You guys are saying that all of the models are not trustworthy (which is true) and that all of the models were wrong about this weeks snow.
    So, that’s true, they were wrong. But now people are using this is a incentive to lead people to think that this winter will be warmer than average. And on top of that, the models are always wrong. So if your saying the models are trending toward a warmer winter, and they are showing storms which will miss us, then you just proved yourself wrong because you JUST stated that the models were crap. So people have to stop listening to the models and future forecasts and just simply rely on the true facts.
    Number one, the NAO is going negative (off the charts) so this equals a cold winter
    Number two, accuweather is showing warm temps for us in December! And they are ALWAYS wrong, so it should be cold.
    Number three, we are in a weak to no El Niño, which will lead to a cooler than average winter.
    Number four, the Greenland block will be shifting into a position which will allow us to get a blast of cold air in late January (and perhaps before)
    So those are just some of the facts. Also, don’t forget about the Old Farmers Almanac. They were the only correct source from last winter, so if anything, rely on them! And guess what… They are leaning toward a cool winter too!
    AND we are having snow already! Last winter we got no snow until January, and this year we are getting it in November! BIG DIFFERENCE.
    So this is my winter forecast and I hope you guys agree with me! (I’m sure you will find a way to disagree, but I don’t really care. I want to hear your thoughts!

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      Bill your thoughts?

      1. Jack says:

        Bills on His Way Home From Iowa…Nathan ( FH)…. He’d Probably Do Something Like This . ;-) http://topnews.in/files/coin-flip.jpg

    2. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Yes, it will do what it wants to do. The models are not to reliable more than about 5 days out. It is funny how some like you stated say all the models are junk, but then refer to them forecasting warmer weather in the future, and will believe that? No one really knows how the winter will end up. Also the official start of winter is not for another 3 weeks. But yet some are writing the season off already? Believe what you want, there will be snow and cold this winter, we just don’t know how much. No one knows. So lets just please have fun discussing, sharing links, and talking about it. Please!

    3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      All forecasts and models that refer to cold and snow are hype, because they are rarely correct. The Greenland block? If it doesn’t move till the end of January we are in trouble because winter is 2/3 done by then! The facts are we have had virtually no snow for the season and we have no snowstorms in sight! It is looking very bad for snow lovers!!

      1. Kevin says:

        It’s not winter yet Roxy…

  8. Brad says:

    60s coming next week?

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Sounds like golfing to me.

      1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Yes, you know I will be golfing next week!

  9. kevin. w says:

    So now GFS, Euro, Gem and ensembles all show a major arctic outbreak around the 10th of December and a big storm. I’m writing this down on my calender and if it doesn’t pan out then the computer models will keep pushing back the cold/storms or just won’t be as intense as they show now. I’m definitely not getting my hopes up on anything really past 2 or 3 days and just listen to christmas music and see how Rocky does on his golfing. :)

    1. Bnoppe says:

      Where have we seem this before

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Yes they always push the cold outbreak back and then it NEVER happens. This is a broken record. I will be out on the golf course tomorrow and will continue golfing well into December :)

  10. Matt (Spring Lake) says:

    At least we had a small covering of snow here all day to give it more of a wintry feel…..

  11. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Well I have to give congrats to OHS (not that I want to) and now for the local weather. As we are now into the last 3rd of November so points to bring out are 1. we should end the month below average in both temps and precipitation also we have only received .02″ of snow fall. And we are above average on sun shine.
    Now looking at the upcoming winter its still anyone guess as to what will happen but if we are in the winter pattern then expect more of what we are getting. My long range guess is still that we will have near average winter with around 60 to 70 inches of snow but that is as always up to change.

    1. Stephen says:

      Would be great for an average winter for all the business that need snow and cold to make a profit.

    2. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      We will be very lucky to see as much as 60 inches of snow this season. We are already about 7 inches or so behind normal an no snow in sight!

      1. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

        We had 64.45″ here(Martin) last winter, and that was after only have 11.7″ through December. It’s pretty hard to get under 60″ in a winter here with Lake Michigan.

      2. michael g (SE GR) says:

        Wow 7″ behind? It would take at least a day or two to make that up!

  12. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Hey INDY, are you still predicting temps in the 20′s with snow next weekend? I am still predicting temps in the forties with a 100% change of golfing :)

  13. Rocky (Rockford) says:


  14. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Looks like warm temperatures next week with a big cool down sometime in the second week of December!

  15. Kimoeagle says:

    When I grew up in the NE Ohio part of the Snow Belt, I remember this blizzard of 1950, because it immobilized even the Army/Guard 4x4s. Nothing was moving — except for Sherman tanks — and a few children were born on the way to the hospital in one of those tanks!
    This area still gets lake-effect snow;record snows are notable. A 70″ snowstorm at Chardon in Jan. 1996 over 6 days…a 43″ storm inside of 72 hrs. in the Ashtabula area. It +seemed+ that the blizzards would hit every 6 years, but there’s no empirical datra to prove this.
    Snow is part of Nature’s beauty, but one must learn HOW to live with it, as any UPer will tell you!! ;-)

  16. Go blueeeeee…… state doesn’t have a chance even in ninety degree weather….

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