Archie Griffin: Winner of two Heisman trophies, Griffin showed why in his performances against Michigan. In his four games, Ohio State never lost, going 3-0-1. Though he didn’t have the most impressive numbers against the Wolverines (he was held to under 50 yards in 1975), Griffin was never on the losing end after a Michigan game – and in this close of a rivalry, that is the only number that counts.
Howard “Hopalong” Cassady: The 1955 Heisman Trophy winner led Ohio State to a convincing 17-0 victory over Michigan with nearly 150 yards and a touchdown in that same season. The previous season, Cassady led the Buckeyes to a 21-7 victory over the Wolverines en route to Woody Hayes’ first of five national titles.
Charles Woodson: Big-time players play well in big-time games and Woodson had his best game of the his 1997 Heisman season against the Buckeyes. In the 20-14 Michigan victory, Woodson returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown, intercepted a pass in the end zone and was arguably Michigan’s best wide receiver – all this while Ohio State knew just how good Woodson was.
Tshimanga Biakabutuka: On Nov. 25, 1995 Biakabutuka made himself a Michigan legend with his 313 yard, two touchdown performance in the Wolverines’ 31-23 victory over then-No. 2 Ohio State. Michigan fans knew he could run against bad defenses, but they had no idea how well he would perform against the Buckeyes, who had one of the most inimidating fronts in the nation. The game is the second-best single game rushing performance in Michigan history and the best rushing performance by any Michigan or Ohio State player in the rivalry.