Huskies bludgeon Buckeyes 38-22

The year was 1966 and the Washington Huskies were heading into Columbus to play Woody Hayes and his heavily favored Ohio State Buckeyes. The Big Ten powerhouse had mashed Texas Christian the week before, and was looking to play smash mouth football and control the clock against a supposedly inferior Husky squad.

Meanwhile, the general consensus was that the Huskies would be airing the football out. Outsiders deemed it as the only hope for Washington to pull off the road victory, in the face of such great odds.

Washington entered the contest with a record of 1-1. The week before, the Dawgs had suffered a humiliating 10-0 defeat at home to the Air Force Falcons. The Husky tradition, having been so buoyed earlier that decade by the three trips to Pasadena, was beginning to subside into mediocrity.

But not on this day. By the end of this afternoon, it was a scene that would stir the blood of any son loyal to Washington (sorry folks, couldn't resist). 80,000 Buckeye fans were stunned into disbelieving amazement as the Huskies had racked up 413 yards on the ground and blasted Ohio State 38-22. The small contingent of Husky fans that had made the trip from Seattle were clamoring wildly and chanting "Moore! Moore! Moore!"

The person they were yelling for was Donnie Moore, a junior running back out of Tacoma. Seattle Times writer Bob Schwarzmann referred to Moore as "Washington's stubby, rabbit-footed halfback". By halftime, Moore had racked up 119 yards on 14 lethal carries. Husky fullback Jeff Jordan had provided the punch, tallying touchdowns from 1, 3 and 4 yards out. Washington led 21-7 and Ohio State hadn't even crossed midfield until 4:00 left in the 2nd quarter.

In the second half the total domination continued. The powerful Buckeyes could only manage 40 yards rushing for the game on 30 carries. Donnie Moore rushed for an additional 102 yards and 2 touchdowns, to give him 221 total yards for the day.

After the game, the scene in the Husky locker room was one of raucous celebration. Donnie Moore was ecstatic in front of reporters who had gathered around his locker.

"Didn't we little Huskies show ‘em! We hit ‘em today!"

Husky offensive lineman Mac Bledsoe (Drew's father) was seated quietly upon a nearby bench drinking a bottle of soda pop and smiling broadly.

"I think we were mentally up for this game," he stated to a reporter.

In a sense it was the beginning of the end for that era of Husky football. Moore was subsequently kicked off the team at the conclusion of the season. Ironically enough, he had a cousin who was a heralded young recruit named Bobby Moore, who ended up starring with Dan Fouts in Oregon. Bobby ultimately changed his name to Ahmad Rashad, and enjoyed many years of stardom in the NFL as a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings.

At that time in 1966, racial unrest was starting to grow more prevalent on both the Washington campus and throughout all of America. Some of the toughest times in Husky football history lay ahead in the handful of years to come. It showed itself both on the field (1-9 record in '69), and off the field (the black player boycott and organized demands that coach Jim Owens be fired).

But for one perfect afternoon, neither race nor politics nor anything else mattered. Simply put, the Huskies ventured east and kicked the crap out of the heavily favored Ohio State Buckeyes.
Derek Johnson can be reached at Top Stories