The 1950 Blizzard Bowl

November 25th, 2013 at 10:00 am by under Bill's Blog, News, 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)

4 Responses to “The 1950 Blizzard Bowl”

  1. Jesse (Zeeland) says:

    I think Michigan could use some weather like that this time around! We need a miracle.

  2. Gail Fevig says:

    Didn’t think you could be 80 years old.

  3. Phil Devers says:

    My mom was at that game; they ended up in a ditch on the way home and spent the night on a farmhouse floor. My dad had two tickets and never used them; they’re in a picture frame now……

  4. Antwain cottrell says:


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