This game proved to be coach Woody Hayes' last game as a college football coach. With just over two minutes left in the game, Ohio State trailed 17–15. Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter threw a pass that sailed wide of an Ohio State back, and was intercepted by Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman. Bauman ran towards the Ohio State team sideline, avoiding tackles, and was finally shoved out of bounds, but after he got up, coach Hayes punched Bauman through his face mask. Bauman was unaffected from Hayes' attack as Clemson won the game 17–15. The next day, Ohio State fired Hayes after 28 seasons as the Buckeyes head coach.