1940 : University of Michigan Football Player Tom Harmon Goes Out in Style

November 23, 2020 all-day

Tom Harmon on the cover of Life

Victim of one of the greatest halfbacks of all time, Tom Harmon, and a great Michigan team, the Buckeyes were smeared with a smashing, terrific loss, 40 to 0.

The great Harmon, in his collegiate final, was magnificent. He ran, he passed, he kicked. He scored three touchdowns, bringing his all-time touchdown total to 33, and surpassing by two the Big Ten record set by the great Red Grange 15 years ago. In his finale, he ran for two rushing touchdowns, passed for two more, returning an interception for a score, and kicked four extra points.

Even the Ohio State fans had to cheer for Harmon, who was taken out early just before the end of the game.

Source : John Dietrich, OSU-Michigan 1940: Tom Harmon’s Wolverines hand Buckeyes worst loss since 1905, 40-0, Plain Dealer, February 26, 2012.

Tom Harmon versus Ohio State, November 23, 1940 via YouTube

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