Ohio State Buckeyes football
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The Ohio State Buckeyes football team is an intercollegiate
varsity sports team of The Ohio State University.
The team is a member of the Big Ten Conference of the NCAA, playing at the
Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly
Division I-A, level. The team nickname is derived from the state
tree of Ohio.
The Buckeyes have played their home games in Ohio
Stadium, more commonly called "The Horseshoe," since 1922.
In their 121-year history, the Buckeyes claim seven national championships, but were consensus national
champions six times.
On September 6, 2008, the Buckeyes defeated the Ohio Bobcats, 26–14, for their 800th win,
becoming the fifth FBS team to reach the mark.
 National championships
The following is a list of Ohio State's recognized national championships:
Ohio State also has also been awarded titles unrecognized by both
the NCAA and the University in: 1933, 1944, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1998
 Undefeated seasons
 Conference championships
Ohio State joined the Big Ten in 1913; before that they were a member
of the Ohio Athletic Conference and won two
OAC titles. Ohio State has won a championship in the Big Ten 32 times, second
most in the conference and third most conference titles of any school in
- *The 7 conference wins and 12 overall wins from the 2010 season
were vacated by the University.
 1890–1933: beginnings
In the spring of 1890 George Cole, an undergraduate, persuaded Alexander S. Lilley to coach a football team
at the Ohio State University. The Buckeyes first game, played on May 3, 1890,
at Delaware, Ohio, against Ohio Wesleyan University, was a victory.
OSU's first home game took place at 2:30 p.m. on November 1, 1890.
The Ohio State University played the University of Wooster
on this site, which was then called Recreation Park. Just east of historic
German Village, the park occupied the north side of Schiller (now Whittier)
between Ebner and Jaeger in what is now Schumacher Place. The weather was
perfect, and the crowd cheered loudly. Nonetheless, OSU lost to Wooster,
64–0. Wooster, physically fit for the game, showed OSU that training is critical
to winning. Thus, the tradition of training continues.
runs around the end in the 1916 Big Ten Championship game between
Northwestern & Ohio St.
Over the next eight years, under a number of coaches, the team played
to a cumulative record of 31 wins, 39 losses, and 2 ties. The first game
against the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, was a 34-0 loss in 1897, a year
that saw the low point in Buckeye football history with a 1–7–1 record. Jack
Ryder was Ohio State's first paid coach, earning $150 per season, and lost
his first game, against Oberlin College and John
Heisman, on October 15, 1892.
In 1899 the university hired John Eckstorm to bring professional
coaching skills to the program and immediately went undefeated.
In 1901, however, center John Segrist was fatally injured
in a game and the continuation of football at Ohio State was in serious
question. Although the school's athletic board let the team decide its future,
In 1912 football underwent a number of developments that included joining
the Western Conference, making football as part
of a new Department of Athletics, and hiring Lynn
W. St. John to be athletic director.
Chic Harley attended East High in Columbus and was
one of the greatest players to attend an Ohio high school. He passed, ran,
received, punted, kicked and played defense. Harley came to Ohio State in
1916 and Columbus fans instantly fell in love with the Chic. Harley and the
Buckeyes won the very first Big Ten championship in school history in 1916
when the Buckeyes finished 7–0. He would repeat in 1917 finshing 8–0–1, giving
the Buckeyes a second outright title. In 1918, he left to be a pilot in
the air force for World War I. With Harley's return in 1919, the Buckeyes
would only lose one game—to Illinois. Chic Harley left OSU with a career
record of 22–1–1. At the time, OSU played at the small Ohio Field
and Harley brought such record crowds it became necessary to open Ohio
Stadium in 1922. The stadium was built entirely on fan donations and
several stadium drives around the city where Harley would often appear. In
1951, when the College Football Hall of Fame opened,
Harley was inducted as an inaugural member.
Ohio State's very first rival was Kenyon College, a small liberal arts college in
Gambier, roughly 50 miles to the northeast. The
Buckeyes first played them in their first season in 1890 on Nov. 27, Kenyon
won the first two meetings; however, Ohio State won 15 in a row and the rivalry
diminished. Kenyon made it their season goal to defeat OSU. After the Bucks
joined the Big Ten they stopped playing Kenyon. The all time record stands
at 18-6, OSU.
1934–1950: the rise of a
In hiring Francis Schmidt in March 1934 to coach its football
team, Ohio State moved its program to a "big-time" level of competition.
Schmidt was a well-established coach and an acknowledged offensive innovator.
His offensive schemes were a "wide-open" style called "razzle-dazzle" and
led him to be the first Buckeye football coach granted a multi-year contract.
Schmidt's first four seasons saw victories over archrival Michigan, all by
shut-out. The 1935 squad went 7-1, its sole loss was to Notre Dame, 18-13, in the first contest
between the programs. However Schmidt's remaining seasons were less successful,
except in 1939 when the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship, and his popularity
faded for a number of reasons.
On December 17, 1940, he resigned.
Ohio State hired the coach of Massillon Washington High School
football team, Paul Brown, to succeed Schmidt. Brown's Tigers had
just won their sixth straight state championship. Brown immediately changed
Ohio State's style of offense, planned and organized his program in great
detail, and delegated to his assistant coaches using highly structured practices.
In 1942, Ohio State lost 22 veteran players to military service as the
United States joined World War II, and with a team of mostly sophomores
went on to lose only once in winning its first national championship. Brown
accepted a commission in the United States Navy in 1944 and directed his
assistant Carroll Widdoes to head the team in his absence. The 1944 team fielded
31 freshmen but went undefeated
and untied, including a victory over Paul Brown's Great Lakes Navy team.
Ohio State finished second in the national rankings behind Army and Les Horvath
became the first Buckeye to be awarded the Heisman Trophy. Also prominent on the 1942–44
teams was the first Buckeye African American star, Bill
Brown chose not to return to Ohio State after the war, going into
professional football instead. Widdoes, despite having the highest two-year
winning percentage of any Buckeye coach, asked to return to an assistant's
position. Offensive coordinator Paul
Bixler and Widdoes switched positions, and Bixler endured a mediocre
4–3–2 season. Bixler resigned and talk of Ohio State being a "graveyard of
coaches" became commonplace, a reputation that lingered for decades.
Wes Fesler became head coach in 1947 but finished
last in the Big Ten for the only time in team history. Ohio State improved
greatly in 1948, winning 6 and losing 3, then in 1949 enjoyed a successful
season due to the play of sophomore Vic
Janowicz. Ohio State received the Rose Bowl invitation, where
they came from behind to defeat California. In 1950 Fesler, rumored
to be resigning because of pressures associated with the position and abuse
of his family by anonymous critics, returned to coach the Buckeyes, who won
six games in a row to move into the top ranking in the AP poll. However the
season fell apart as the Buckeyes lost to Michigan during a blizzard,
a game that came to be known as the "Snow Bowl". Two weeks later, citing concerns
about his health and family, Fesler resigned.
the Woody Hayes era
Wayne Woodrow Hayes beat out Paul Brown,
among others, to be named head coach on February 18, 1951. He instituted
a demanding practice regimen and was both aggressive and vocal in enforcing
it, alienating many players accustomed to Fesler's laid-back style. The 1951
Buckeyes won 4, lost 3, and tied 2, leaving many to question the ability
of the new coach. In 1952 the team improved to 6-3, and recorded their first
victory over Michigan in eight years, but after a 1953 loss to Michigan,
critics called for the replacement of Hayes.
In 1954 the Buckeyes were picked to finish no higher than 10th in
the Big Ten. Hayes, however, had the talents of Howard "Hopalong" Cassady,
and a historic goal-line stand against Michigan propelled Ohio State to
a perfect season. Hayes led the powerhouse Buckeyes to a shared national
championship (his first and the team's second). In 1955 the team again won
the Big Ten, set an attendance record, and won in Ann Arbor for the first
time in 18 years, while Hopalong Cassady was securing the Heisman Trophy.
Ohio State passed only three times against Michigan (the sole reception
was the only completion in the final three games of the year), leading to
characterization of Hayes' style of offensive play as "three yards and a
cloud of dust".
In a 1955 article in Sports Illustrated, Hayes admitted making
small personal loans to financially needy players.
The article resulted in a furor over possible violations of NCAA rules, and the
faculty council, followed by the Big Ten and NCAA, conducted lengthy investigations.
Big Ten Commissioner Kenneth "Tug" Wilson found Hayes and the program guilty
of violations and placed it on a year's probation in 1956. In 1957 Ohio State
won all of its remaining games after an opening loss to claim the Big Ten
championship, win the Rose Bowl over Oregon, and share a national championship
title with Auburn, for which Hayes was named Coach of the Year.
In 1961 the team went undefeated to be named national champions by
the FWAA but a growing conflict
between academics and athletics over Ohio State's reputation as a "football
school" resulted in a faculty council vote to decline an invitation to the
Rose Bowl, resulting in much public protest and debate.
Over the next 6 seasons Ohio State finished no higher than 2nd, and had
a losing season in 1966, and public speculation that Hayes would be replaced
as coach grew to its highest point since 1953.
In 1968 Ohio State defeated the number one-ranked Purdue Boilermakers and continued to an undefeated
season including a 50-14 rout of Michigan and a Rose Bowl victory over the
USC Trojans that resulted in the national championship.
The Class of 1970 became known as the "super sophomores" in 1968, and might
have gone on to three consecutive national championships except for what
may have been the bitterest loss in Buckeye history. The winning streak reached
22 games as Ohio State traveled to Michigan. The Buckeyes were 17-point favorites
but directed by first-year coach Bo Schembechler, Michigan shocked the Buckeyes
in a 24-12 upset.
The 1969 loss to Michigan initiated what came to be known as "The
Ten Year War," in which the rivalry, which pitted some of OSU’s and UM’s
strongest teams ever, rose to the uppermost level of all sports and the
competition between Schembechler and Hayes became legendary.
Four times between 1970 and 1975, Ohio State and Michigan were both ranked
in the top five of the AP Poll before their matchup. Hayes had the upper
hand during the first part of the war, in which Ohio State won the conference
championship and went to the Rose Bowl four straight years, while Michigan
won the final three.
Archie Griffin came to Ohio State in 1972, set
a new Buckeye single-game rushing record and led the team in rushing for
the season. The following season Hayes installed an I formation
attack with Griffin at tailback and the Buckeyes went undefeated with a
powerful offense and equally impenetrable defense, the only blemish on
their record a 10-10 tie with Michigan. The falloff in success of Hayes'
last three years was not great, but it resulted in growing criticism of
Hayes and his methods, particularly his on-field fits of temper and abuse
His downfall was sudden and shocking: at the 1978 Gator Bowl,
Hayes punched Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman and abused the referee
in frustration after Bauman's 4th quarter interception sealed a Buckeye loss.
Hayes was assessed two 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, ejected,
and fired after the game.
1979–2000: the Bruce and
Hayes was replaced by a former protegé, Earle
Bruce, who inherited a strong team led by sophomore quarterback Art Schlichter and returned to the Rose Bowl with an opportunity
once again to be national champions. The Buckeyes lost both by a single point,
but Bruce was named Coach of the Year. His success was hailed
by those in the media who saw it as a rebuke of Hayes and the start of a
1980, however, saw the start of a trend that eventually brought
criticism to Bruce, when Ohio State finished with a 9–3 record. This was
the first of six consecutive years at 9-3. While each of these seasons,
and a 10–3 season that followed them, culminated in a bowl game, Ohio State
did not appear to be any closer to a national championship than during the
end of the Hayes era.
In 1986 Bruce received a 3-year contract, the first for the modern
program, but the team opened with two losses for the first time in over
90 years. The Buckeyes then won nine in a row before losing to Michigan
in a close game. After the season Bruce was offered the position of head
coach at the University of Arizona but was persuaded
to stay at his alma mater by Athletic Director Rick Bay. Hopes for
a standout season in 1987 suffered a serious setback when All-American wide
receiver Cris Carter was dropped from the team for signing
with an agent. Heading into the Michigan game at the end of the season Ohio
State was in the midst of a three game conference losing streak.
On the Monday of Michigan week, after a weekend of rumors and speculation,
Ohio State President Edward Jennings fired Bruce but tried
to keep the dismissal secret until after the end of the season. Jennings
aggravated the situation by refusing to provide a reason for the dismissal,
but the Buckeyes enjoyed an emotional come-from-behind victory over Michigan
after the entire team wore headbands
bearing the word "EARLE."
John Cooper was hired as head
coach with a winning record at both Tulsa and Arizona State University that stood
out among his credentials, as did a victory over Michigan in the 1987 Rose
Bowl. Cooper's thirteen years as the Buckeyes' head coach are largely remembered
for a litany of negative statistics associated with him: a notorious 2–10–1
record against Michigan, a 3–8 record in bowl games, a five year losing streak
to Illinois, and blowing a 15 point 3rd quarter lead and losing 28-24 against
the unranked Michigan State Spartans in '98 after the Buckeyes had been
ranked number 1 since the preseason. However, his tenure also included many
positives: back-to-back victories over Notre Dame, two second-ranked finishes
in the polls, and three Big Ten championships (albeit shared). Cooper also
recruited fifteen players who were first-round draft picks in the National Football League.
In January 2001, Ohio State University dismissed Cooper for a "deteriorating
climate." A loss in the 2000 Outback
Bowl was a factor in his subsequent firing, as was negative publicity
regarding player behavior before and during the game. Other contributing
factors included his record against Michigan (which was actually considered
by most people to be the biggest reason for his firing), his perceived inability
to win "big games", the lack of a national championship, the perception of
him as an outsider by many alumni, the poor bowl game record, and finally
a perceived lack of discipline on the team.
 2001–2011: the
Ohio State quickly sought a replacement for Cooper and after a nationwide
search hired Jim Tressel. With four NCAA Division I-AA National Championships at Youngstown State University, Tressel,
formerly an assistant coach for Earle Bruce, was an Ohioan who was considered
to be appreciative of Buckeye football traditions. Although there were some
doubts as to whether or not Tressel could repeat his earlier success at the
Division 1A level, most fans and alumni met the coaching change with enthusiasm.
On the day of his hiring, Jim Tressel, speaking to fans and students at
a Buckeye basketball game, made a prophetic implication that he would lead
the Buckeyes to beat Michigan in Ann Arbor the following November.
Tressel's first season was difficult as the Buckeyes finished 7-5
(all but one loss was by a touchdown or less), but he made good on his
promise, beating Michigan in Ann Arbor. While its fans were optimistic about
the chance for success of the 2002 team, most observers were surprised by
Ohio State's National Championship.
Ohio State used strong defense, ball-control play-calling, and field position
tactics to win numerous close games, a style of play characterized as "Tresselball",
and disparaged by detractors as "the Luckeyes".
The 2006 and 2007 regular seasons ended with just one combined loss and
consecutive appearances in the national championship game. The Buckeyes
lost both by wide margins. On January 1, 2010, the Buckeyes defeated the
Oregon Ducks in The Rose Bowl Game by a score of 26-17. This ended a 3 game
BCS losing streak for Ohio State, having lost 2 National Championships and
one Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Terelle Pryor was named MVP of the contest with
2 touchdown passes for a career-high 266 passing yards. In addition, he had
more total yards than the entire Oregon Ducks team.
In December 2010 it was announced that five student-athletes on the
Ohio State University football team will be suspended from the first five
games of the 2011 season for NCAA violations. The punishments stem from
an incident in which at least some of the Buckeye players received tattoos
for their autographs, according to news reports. Other violations committed
by the players included the selling of several items given to them by the
University, such as championship rings.
On January 4, 2011, Ohio State completed its season with a 31-26
win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl. The Sugar Bowl win would have marked
Ohio State's first bowl victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent
in ten attempts, but the win was later vacated due to NCAA violations.
Ohio State ended up with an 0-1 record for the 2010 season after vacating
wins for NCAA violations.
On March 8, 2011 Jim Tressel was suspended for 2 games, and fined
$250,000 for not informing the university and the NCAA that he had information
that 5 of his players received improper benefits from a tattoo shop in downtown
Columbus. Among those 5 players, including Mike Adams, Dan Herron, DeVier
Posey, Solomon Thomas, Jordan Whiting, was quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The 5 players are suspended for
the first 5 games of the 2011 season. Coach Tressel's suspension was also
later increased to 5 games by the University. The NCAA filed a letter of
allegations in late April, 2011 with Ohio State University alleging that
Tressel lied to the NCAA in December, 2010 when he claimed to have no knowledge
of the players activities with the tattoo shop. Furthermore, he is alleged
to have knowingly used ineligible players during the 2010 season. On May
30, 2011 Jim Tressel resigned as head coach.
A 6 June 2011 story in Sports Illustrated reported that at least
28 players, including Rob Rose, T.
J. Downing, Louis Irizarry, Chris Vance, C. J. Barnett, Dorien Bell, Jamaal
Berry, Bo DeLande, Zach Domicone, Storm Klein, Etienne Sabino, John Simon, Nathan Williams,
Jermale Hines, Devon Torrence, Donald Washington, Thaddeus Gibson, Jermil Martin, Lamaar Thomas,
and Doug Worthington traded team memorabilia or
used equipment for tattoos or other merchandise or services between 2002
and 2010. The report alleged that Tressel had violated NCAA bylaw 10.1 -
unethical conduct, three times by not acting when told of the tattoo improprieties,
by signing a statement saying he knew of no violations, and for withholding
information on what was going on from university officials.
On July 8, 2011, Ohio State University decided to vacate all victories
from the 2010 football season as self-imposed punishment for major NCAA violations.
Former coach Jim Tressel will receive more than $52,000 from the university
and won't have to pay a $250,000 fine for his involvement in the scandal.
His status is also changed from 'Resigned' to "Retired" in keeping with his
wishes to "remain a Buckeye for life."
 Home venues
The Buckeyes have had 22 coaches in their 121-year history. Woody
Hayes is the coach who has won the most national championships at five.
Paul Brown and Jim Tressel
also each have one for seven total.
 Current coaching staff
- Luke Fickell – Head Coach
- Jim Bollman – Offensive Coordinator
- Jim Heacock – Defensive Coordinator
- Dick "Doc" Tressel - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs
- Paul Haynes – Safeties Coach
- Stan Drayton – Wide Receivers Coach
- Taver Johnson – Cornerbacks Coach
- John Peterson – Tight Ends Coach
- Nick Siciliano – Quarterbacks Coach
- Mike Vrabel - Linebackers Coach
Ohio State football is rich in traditions.
The following are football traditions in chronological order of longevity:
Begun in 1913 by head coach John Wilce,
seniors on the team are recognized at the last practice of the season,
either before the Michigan game or before departing Columbus to play in
game, and hit the blocking sled a final time.
The winner of the Ohio State-Illinois game has been awarded the
trophy since 1925.
Until 1927 the teams played for a live turtle, now it is a wooden turtle.
miniature charm depicting a pair of football pants is given
to all players and coaches following a victory over the Michigan Wolverines.
The tradition began as the result of a comment to reporters by newly hired
head coach Francis Schmidt on March 2, 1934: "How about
Michigan? They put their pants on one leg at a time, the same as we do!"
The first gold pants, which were a creation of Simon Lazarus (president of
the Lazarus chain of department stores)
and Herbert Levy,
were awarded that year for a 34-0 defeat of the Wolverines.
1934 also saw the first gathering of former team captains for breakfast on the Sunday following
game. The event began when local businessman Walter Jeffrey invited twenty
former captains to the Scioto Country Club to honor them, and continues
to welcome new captains and award them mugs bearing their
names and season.
Begun in 1934, each player who wins "first-team All-America"
honors is recognized by the planting of a buckeye tree and installation
of a plaque in Buckeye Grove, now located near the southwestern corner
of Ohio Stadium next to Morrill Tower. Trees are planted in ceremonies held
prior to the Spring Game. All 126 Buckeye All-Americans dating back to 1914
have been so honored.
Since 1935 the annual game against Michigan has been the final
meeting of the regular season for both teams. The week prior to "The Game",
known as Michigan Week, is characterized by scheduled school spirit and
public service events, such as rallies, touch football games, and blood drives;
and by massive displays of school colors and banners in much of Ohio.
In an unofficial culmination to Michigan Week, since 1990 on the Thursday
night before "The Game" students have participated in the "Mirror Lake jump",
an unofficial gathering at Mirror Lake, a pond between Pomerene Hall and
The Oval, in which masses of students jump
into the water.
- Block O
Block O in a game in the south stands
Since 1938 the registered student organization Block O has been the
"Official Cheering Section" of the Buckeyes. "Known for spreading spirit,
starting cheers and performing card stunts, Block 'O' was founded...by Clancy
They occupy Section 39A in the South grandstand
of Ohio Stadium, next to the band.
The Victory Bell is rung after every Ohio State victory by members
of Alpha Phi Omega, a tradition that began after
the Bucks beat California October 2, 1954. Reputedly
the ringing can be heard five miles away "on a calm day." Located 150 feet
high in the southeast tower of Ohio Stadium, the bell was a gift of the classes
of 1943, 1944 and 1945, and weighs 2,420 pounds.
Beginning in 1965, Brutus Buckeye has appeared at all Ohio State
football games as the live mascot of the Buckeyes. In 2007 he was inducted into
the Mascot Hall of Fame and is now one of the most recognized mascots in
the United States.
First played at the Illinois game of October 9,
1965, the rock song Hang on Sloopy is now
played by the marching band before the start of the fourth quarter, with
fans performing an O-H-I-O chant in the intervals between the refrains.
The song is also played to encourage the team's defensive players when
opponents are moving the ball on offense late in a game. This is also played
before the fourth quarter at Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals games, as well as during
Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Columbus Blue Jackets games.
Since 1967, the helmets of Ohio State players have been adorned with
white decals approximately the size of a quarter depicting a buckeye leaf, awarded for making significant
plays and for consistency of performance.
In the 1970s, the decals were approximately the size of a Silver Dollar until the 1979 Season.
Most believe that this practice began in 1968 when The Buckeyes switched to
their present Silver Helmet design since the decals have become identified
with that helmet.
Before the Ohio State/Michigan game at the end of the season, OSU
students typically jump into Mirror Lake, located on campus, the Thursday
night before the game. The tradition is thought to bring good luck to the
football team the following gameday.
The Tunnel of Pride began with the 1994 Michigan game when all former
players who were in attendance formed a tunnel through which the team
ran to take the field, and Ohio State beat its rival that day, 22–6. Rex Kern,
quarterback of the 1968 National Championship
team, and then Director of Athletics Andy
Geiger together used the concept as a means of connecting current Buckeyes
with those who played before them. The Tunnel of Pride was next formed
for the 1995 Notre Dame game, which the
Buckeyes also won. In each home game against Michigan since, the tradition
has been repeated.
Instituted by Coach Tressel in 2001, at the conclusion of all home
games the coaches, players and cheerleaders gather in the south end zone
next to the marching band to sing the university's alma mater, Carmen
Ohio, to the student section.
- The Hive and pre-game circle
Tressel brought to the Buckeye football program two pre-game traditions
he developed at Youngstown State. Prior to its warmup routine before every
football game, the team exits the locker room as a unit in a controlled manner,
linked arm-in-arm in a group known as "The Hive". After warmups the team
returns to the locker room, and when it next appears, runs onto the field
and forms a circle of players around the strength coach, then they go through
their warmup routine.
 Marching band
The Marching Band, often referred to as "The Best Damn Band In The
Land" or by the acronym TBDBITL
is the most visible and possibly best-known tradition of Ohio State football.
Home games are preceded by three much-anticipated traditions, and a fourth,
"dotting the 'i'" of Script Ohio, enjoys a
reputation all its own:
While its rivalry with the University of Michigan is its most renowned
and intense, Ohio State has two other series marked by their longevity, both
Big Ten Conference rivals, those of Indiana and Illinois. The series versus Indiana
began as a non-conference matchup, with Indiana going undefeated at 4-0-1.
In conference, however, the Buckeyes (despite losing the opening conference
game) are 65-8-4 through the 2006 season, the most wins against any opponent.
Illinois also began with non-conference games (0-1-1) but became the longest
continuous series in 2002 when the schools played in their 89th consecutive
year. (That record was tied by Michigan in 2007.) Through 2009 Ohio State's
record against the Illini is 62-30-4. In 2007, Ohio State was given their
only defeat of the regular season by the Illini.
When Penn State was added to the conference football play in 1993,
every member was given two designated rivals, teams to be played every
year, with the other conference teams rotated out of the schedule at regular
intervals. For geographic convenience, the Big Ten named Penn State as Ohio
State's new designated rival in addition to Michigan, and Illinois was set
to be paired with in-state rival Northwestern and neighboring Indiana,
and in doing so undermined Ohio State's historical rivalry with Illinois.
With Nebraska's entry to the Big Ten and the establishment of division
play in football, Ohio State and Illinois will again play every season in
the Leaders Division beginning in 2011. Michigan is the Buckeyes' permanent
cross-division rival from the Legends Division.
 All-time records
 Results by year
 All-time bowl games
|January 1, 1921
||1921 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1950
||1950 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1955
||1955 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1958
||1958 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1969
||1969 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1971
||1971 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1973
||1973 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1974
||1974 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1975
||1975 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1976
||1976 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1977
||1977 Orange Bowl
|January 2, 1978
||1978 Sugar Bowl
|December 29, 1978
||1978 Gator Bowl
|January 1, 1980
||1980 Rose Bowl
|December 20, 1980
||1980 Fiesta Bowl
|December 30, 1981
||1981 Liberty Bowl
|December 17, 1982
||1982 Holiday Bowl
|January 1, 1984
||1984 Fiesta Bowl
|January 1, 1985
||1985 Rose Bowl
|December 28, 1985
||1985 Citrus Bowl
|January 1, 1987
||1987 Cotton Bowl Classic
|January 1, 1990
||1990 Hall of Fame Bowl
|December 27, 1990
||1990 Liberty Bowl
|January 1, 1992
||1992 Hall of Fame Bowl
|January 1, 1993
||1993 Citrus Bowl
|December 30, 1993
||1993 Holiday Bowl
|January 2, 1995
||1995 Florida Citrus Bowl
|January 2, 1996
||1996 Florida Citrus Bowl
|January 1, 1997
||1997 Rose Bowl
|January 1, 1998
||1998 Sugar Bowl
|January 1, 1999
||1999 Sugar Bowl
|January 1, 2001
||2001 Outback Bowl
|January 1, 2002
||2002 Outback Bowl
|January 3, 2003
||2003 Fiesta Bowl
|January 2, 2004
||2004 Fiesta Bowl
|December 29, 2004
||2004 Alamo Bowl
|January 2, 2006
||2006 Fiesta Bowl
|January 8, 2007
||2007 BCS NCG
|January 7, 2008
||2008 BCS NCG
|January 5, 2009
||2009 Fiesta Bowl
|January 1, 2010
||2010 Rose Bowl
|January 5, 2011
||2011 Sugar Bowl
|[show]Ohio State Buckeyes
 All-time Big Ten records
- This chart includes both the overall record Ohio State has with
the all-time Big Ten members, as well as the matchups that counted in the
Big Ten standings. The Big Ten began league play in 1896, and Ohio State
joined in 1913. Michigan rejoined the league in 1917 after leaving in
1906. Chicago withdrew after 1939, and then Michigan State (1953), Penn
State (1993), and Nebraska (2011) joined afterwards.
(As of November 26, 2010)
All Data from College Football Data Warehouse
awards and achievements
Through the 2006 season Ohio State players have by a significant
margin won more trophies than any other NCAA Division 1A program. Ohio
State players have won 34 of the listed major awards, with the next closest
being 26 (Oklahoma). Ohio State is the only university to have received
each of the awards at least once. Of the five awards created prior to 1980
(Heisman, Lombardi, Maxwell, Outland, and Walter Camp), Ohio State has received
the most with 25 (Notre Dame follows with 23).
 Heisman Trophy winners
Ohio State players have won the Heisman Trophy seven times, which ties Notre Dame
(7) for the most awards for any school. Archie Griffin is the only two-time recipient
in the history of the award.
 Lombardi Award
Ohio State players have won the Lombardi Award six times. Orlando Pace
is the only two-time recipient in the history of the award.
 Maxwell Award
Four Ohio State players have won the Maxwell
- 1955: Howard Cassady
- 1961: Bob Ferguson
- 1975: Archie Griffin
- 1995: Eddie George
 Outland Trophy
Four Ohio State players have won the Outland Trophy:
 Walter Camp Award
Three Ohio State players have won the Walter Camp Award:
- 1974: Archie Griffin
- 1995: Eddie George
- 2006: Troy Smith
 Other awards
All-American and All-Conference
Through 2006 129 Buckeyes have been named first team All-Americans
since 1914. Of those, 78
have been consensus picks. 234 have been named to the All-Big Ten team, and
15 have won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football,
the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player award, including Troy
Smith for 2006. The Athletic Directors of the Big Ten Conference
voted Eddie George Big Ten-Jesse
Owens Athlete of the Year for 1996.
On November 22, 2006, ten Buckeyes were named to either the Coaches
or Conference media All-Big Ten First Team selections for the 2006 season,
and seven were named to both. Troy Smith
was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Four other Buckeyes received
Second Team honors.
 List of All-Americans
All records per OSU Athletics.
- 1914: Boyd Cherry (E)
- 1916: Chic Harley (B), Robert Karch (T)
- 1917: Charles Bolen (E), Harold Courtney (E), Chic Harley (B),
Kelley VanDyne (C)
- 1918: Clarence MacDonald (E)
- 1919: Chic Harley (B), Gaylord Stinchcomb (B)
- 1920: Iolas Huffman (G), Gaylord Stinchcomb (B)
- 1921: Iolas Huffman (G), Cyril Myers (E)
- 1923: Harry Workman (QB)
- 1924: Harold Cunningham (E)
- 1925: Edwin Hess (G)
- 1926: Edwin Hess (G), Marty
Karow (HB), Leo Raskowski (T)
- 1927: Leo Raskowski (T)
- 1928: Wes Fesler (E)
- 1929: Wes Fesler (E)
- 1930: Wes Fesler (E), Lew Hinchman (HB)
- 1931: Carl Cramer (QB), Lew Hinchman (HB)
- 1932: Joseph Gailus (G), Sid Gillman
(E), Lew Hinchman (HB), Ted Rosequist (T)
- 1933: Joseph Gailus (G)
- 1934: Regis Monahan (G), Merle Wendt (E)
- 1935: Gomer Jones (C), Merle Wendt (E)
- 1936: Charles Hamrick (T), Inwood Smith (G), Merle Wendt (E)
- 1937: Carl Kaplanoff (T), Jim McDonald (QB), Ralph Wolf (C),
Gust Zarnas (G)
- 1939: Vic Marino (G), Esco Sarkkinen (E), Don Scott (HB)
- 1940:Don Scott (C)
- 1942: Robert Shaw (E), Charles
Csuri (T), Lin Houston (G), Paul Sarringhaus (HB), Gene Fekete
- 1943: Bill Willis (T)
- 1944: Jack Dugger (E), Bill Willis (T), William Hackett (G),
Les Horvath (QB/HB)
- 1945: Warren Amling (G), Ollie
Cline (FB), Russell Thomas (T)
- 1946: Warren Amling (G), Cecil Souders (E)
- 1970: Jan White (TE), Jim Stillwagon (MG), John Brockington (FB), Jack Tatum (CB), Mike Sensibaugh (S), Tim Anderson (CB)
- 1971: Tom DeLeone (C)
- 1972: John Hicks (OT), Randy Gradishar (LB)
- 1973: John Hicks (OT), Randy Gradishar (LB), Van DeCree (DE),
Archie Griffin (TB)
- 1974: Van Ness DeCree (DE), Kurt Schumacher (OT), Steve Myers
(C), Pete Cusick (DT), Archie Griffin (TB), Neal
Colzie (CB), Tom Skladany (P)
- 1975: Ted Smith (OG), Archie Griffin (TB), Tim Fox (S),
Tom Skladany (P)
- 1976: Bob Brudzinski (DE), Chris Ward (OT), Giovanni Strassini
(TE), Tom Skladany (P)
- 1977: Chris Ward (OT), Aaron Brown (NG), Tom
Cousineau (LB), Ray Griffin (S)
- 1978: Tom Cousineau (LB)
- 1979: Ken Fritz (OG), Art Schlichter (QB)
- 1991: Steve Tovar (LB)
- 1992: Steve Tovar (LB)
- 1993: Korey Stringer (OT), Dan
- 1994: Korey Stringer (OT)
- 1995: Eddie George (TB), Terry
Glenn (FL), Orlando Pace (OT), Mike
- 1996: Orlando Pace (OT), Shawn
Springs (CB), Mike Vrabel (DE)
- 1997: Andy Katzenmoyer (LB), Rob Murphy (OG),
Antoine Winfield (CB)
- 1998: David Boston (SE), Damon
Moore (SS), Rob Murphy (OG), Antoine Winfield (CB)
- 1999: Na'il Diggs (LB)
 Team season MVPs
 All-Century Team
 Ohio State's All-Time
Chosen in 2001 by Athlon Sports. 
 NCAA Coach of the Year
Three Ohio State head coaches have received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award as NCAA
Coach of the Year a total of five times:
In addition, two coaches were voted "National Coach of the Year"
before the inception of the Bryant Award. Carroll Widdoes, acting head coach after Paul Brown
had entered the United States Navy, was voted the honor in
1944. Brown himself was voted the honor in 1942 for winning the National Championship but declined in favor of Georgia Institute of Technology's
awards and achievements
 Rhodes Scholarship
On December 6, 1985, Mike Lanese was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford.
Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-Americans
Academic All-American Hall of Fame
Class of 1992 Randy Gradishar
Academic All-American Player of the Year
2003: Craig Krenzel (Quarterback)
1952: John Borton (Quarterback)
1954: Dick Hilnski (Tackle)
1958: Bob White (Fullback)
1961: Tom Perdue (End)
1965: Bill Ridder (Middle Guard)
1966: Dave Foley (Offensive Tackle)
1967: Dave Foley (Offensive Tackle)
1968: Dave Foley (Offensive Tackle)
1969: Bill Urbanik (Defensive Tackle)
1971: Rick Simon (Offensive Tackle)
1973: Randy Gradishar (Linebacker)
1974: Brian Baschnagel (Running Back)
1975: Brian Baschnagel (Running Back)
1976: Pete Johnson (Fullback)
1977: Jeff Logan (Running Back)
1980: Marcus Marek (Linebacker)
1982: Joe Smith (Offensive Tackle)
1982: John Frank (Tight End)
1983: John Frank (Tight End)
1983: Dave Crecelius (Defensive Tackle)
1984: Dave Crecelius (Defensive Tackle)
1984: Mike Lanese (Wide Receiver)
1984: Anthony Tiuliani (Defensive Tackle)
1985: Mike Lanese (Wide Receiver)
1987: Joe Staysniak (Offensive Tackle)
1989: Joe Staysniak (Offensive Tackle)
1990: Greg Smith (Defensive Line)
1992: Len Hartman (Offensive Guard)
1992: Greg Smith (Defensive Line)
1995: Greg Bellisari (Linebacker)
1996: Greg Bellisari (Linebacker)
1998: Jerry Rudzinski (Linebacker)
1999: Ahmed Plummer (Cornerback)
2002: Craig Krenzel (Quarterback)
2003: Craig Krenzel (Quarterback)
2006: Anthony Gonzalez (Wide Receiver)
2006: Stan White, Jr (Fullback)
2007: Brian Robiskie (Wide Receiver)
2008: Brian Robiskie (Wide Receiver)
Foundation and College Hall of Fame
Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy
National Scholar-Athlete Awards Ohio State's eighteen NFF
Scholar-Athlete Awards rank second only to Nebraska's twenty among all college
College Football Hall of Fame Beginning with Chic Harley and
Howard Jones in the 1951 inaugural class, Ohio State has had 30 former
players and coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
 Individual school records
 Rushing records
- Most rushing attempts, career: 924, Archie Griffin (1972–75)
- Most rushing attempts, season: 336, Keith
- Most rushing attempts, game: 44, Champ
Henson (November 18, 1972 at Northwestern)
- Most rushing yards, career: 5,589, Archie Griffin (1972–75)
- Most rushing yards, season: 1,927, Eddie
- Most rushing yards, game: 314, Eddie
George (November 11, 1995 vs. Illinois)
- Most rushing yards against Michigan, game: 222, Chris Wells
(November 17, 2007)
- Most rushing touchdowns, career: 56, Pete Johnson (1973–76)
- Most rushing touchdowns, season: 25, Pete Johnson (1975)
- Most rushing touchdowns, game: 5, Pete Johnson (September 27,
1975 vs. North Carolina) and Keith Byars
(October 13, 1984 vs. Illinois)
- Longest run from scrimmage: 89 yards, Gene Fekete (November
7, 1942 vs. Pittsburgh) and Dan "Boom" Herron
(November 27, 2010 vs. Michigan)
- Most games with at least 100 rushing yards, career: 34, Archie Griffin (1972–75)
- Most games with at least 100 rushing yards, season: 12, Eddie
- Most games with at least 200 rushing yards, career: 5 Eddie
- Most games with at least 200 rushing yards, season: 3, Eddie
 Passing records
- Most passing attempts, career: 934, Art Schlichter (1978–81)
- Most passing attempts, season: 384, Joe
- Most passing attempts, game: 52, Art Schlichter (October 3,
1981 vs. Florida State)
- Most passing completions, career: 498, Bobby
- Most passing completions, season: 230, Joe
- Most passing completions, game: 31, Art Schlichter (October
3, 1981 vs. Florida State) and Joe Germaine (October 31, 1998 at Indiana)
- Most passing yards, career: 7,547, Art Schlichter (1978–81)
- Most passing yards, season: 3,330, Joe
- Most passing yards, game: 458, Art Schlichter (October 3, 1981
vs. Florida State)
- Most passing touchdowns, career: 57, Bobby
Hoying (1992–95) and Terrelle Pryor (2008–2010)
- Most passing touchdowns, season: 30, Troy Smith
- Most passing touchdowns, game: 5, John Borton (October 18, 1952
vs. Washington State) and twice
by Bobby Hoying (October 22, 1994 vs. Purdue and September 23, 1995 at
- Longest pass completion: 86 yards, Art Schlichter to Calvin
Murray (September 22, 1979 vs. Washington State)
- Longest interception returned for touchdown 102 yards Matt Henrey
(November 10, 1990 vs. Iowa)
- Most games with at least 200 passing yards, career: 16, Bobby
- Most games with at least 200 passing yards, season: 11, Bobby
Hoying (1995) and Joe Germaine (1998)
- Most games with at least 300 passing yards, career: 8, Joe
- Most games with at least 300 passing yards, season: 7, Joe
 Receiving records
- Most receptions, career: 191, David
- Most receptions, season: 85, David Boston (1998)
- Most receptions, game: 14, David Boston (October 11, 1997 at
- Most receiving yards, career: 2,898, Michael Jenkins (2000–03)
- Most receiving yards, season: 1,435, David Boston (1998)
- Most receiving yards, game: 253, Terry
Glenn (September 23, 1995 at Pittsburgh)
- Most touchdown receptions, career: 34, David Boston (1996–98)
- Most touchdown receptions, season: 17, Terry Glenn (1995)
- Most touchdown receptions, game: 4, Bob Grimes (October 18,
1952 vs. Washington State) and Terry
Glenn (September 23, 1995 at Pittsburgh) and Dane Sanzenbacher (September
25, 2010 vs. Eastern Michigan)
- Longest pass reception: 86 yards, Calvin Murray from Art Schlichter
(September 22, 1979 vs. Washington State)
- Most games with at least 100 receiving yards, career: 14, David
- Most games with at least 100 receiving yards, season: 9, David
- Yards per Reception: 26.4, Jim Houston
 Kickoff return records
- Most kickoff returns, career: 72, Maurice Hall (2001–04)
- Most kickoff returns, season: 31, Ken-Yon
- Most kickoff returns, game: 7, Vince
Workman (November 7, 1987 at Wisconsin)
- Most kickoff return yards, career: 1,642, Maurice Hall (2001–04)
- Most kickoff return yards, season: 653, Ken-Yon Rambo (1999)
- Most kickoff return yards, game: 213, Carlos
Snow (September 17, 1988 at Pittsburgh)
- Most kickoff return touchdowns, career: 2, Dean Sensanbaugher
(1943–47) and Lenny Willis (1974)
- Longest kickoff return: 103 yards, Dean Sensanbaugher (October
9, 1943 at Great Lakes)
 Punt return records
- Most punt returns, career: 98, David
- Most punt returns, season: 47, David Boston (1997) (also
a Big Ten Conference record)
- Most punt returns, game: 9, Tom Campana (October 16, 1971 at
- Most punt return yards, career: 959, David Boston (1996–98)
- Most punt return yards, season: 679, Neal
Colzie (1973) (also a Big Ten Conference record)
- Most punt return yards, game: 170, Neal Colzie (November 10,
1973 vs. Michigan State)
- Most punt return touchdowns, career: 6, Ted
Ginn, Jr. (2004–06) (also a Big Ten Conference record)
- Longest punt return: 90 yards, Brian Hartline (October 13, 2007
vs. Kent State)
 Buckeyes in the NFL
|Buckeyes in the NFL
|NFL Draft selections
|First picks in draft:
|In the Super Bowl:
|Hall of Famers:
38 former Ohio State players are currently active on rosters of
National Football League teams: Will Allen, Kirk
Barton, Alex Boone, Bobby Carpenter, Nate
Clements, Na'il Diggs, Marcus Freeman, Chris
Gamble, Vernon Gholston, Ted
Ginn, Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, Larry Grant, Brian Hartline, Ben
Hartsock, A. J. Hawk, Santonio Holmes, Kevin
Houser, Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Jenkins, James Laurinaitis, Nick
Mangold, Donnie Nickey, Mike
Nugent, Orlando Pace, Kenny Peterson, Ryan
Pickett, Jay Richardson, Brian Robiskie, Rob Sims,
Antonio Smith, Will Smith, Troy Smith,
Shawn Springs, Donald Washington, Chris Wells,
Donte Whitner, Matt
Wilhelm, Antoine Winfield, Ashton Youboty and Dane Sanzenbacher .
Former notable NFL players who played at Ohio State include: Lou Groza,
Dante Lavelli, Jim Parker, Bill
Willis, Cris Carter, Paul
Warfield, Jim Marshall, Jim Houston,
Jack Tatum, Randy Gradishar, Dick Schafrath, Jim Lachey,
Tupa, Chris Spielman, Robert Smith,
Korey Stringer, Raymont Harris, and Eddie
George. Groza, Lavelli, Parker, Warfield, and Willis have been inducted
into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In the 2004 NFL Draft, 14 Buckeyes were drafted, a record
number for any school in a single draft.
 Players selected
in NFL Drafts
With two first-round selections in 2007, the Buckeyes have the second
most first-round selections all-time in the history of the NFL Draft, one less than USC (67).
The Buckeyes had another first round selection in 2008, and two more in
2009. The following are the lists of Ohio State players selected in the
NFL Draft since 2004.
Beginning with Paul Brown in 1967, Ohio State has had 8 former players
or coaches enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 Radio and TV
The Ohio State football radio network comprises about 70 stations
statewide (with a couple of stations in nearby border states). The flagship
stations are WBNS AM 1460 and WBNS FM 97.1 in Columbus. In Ohio's major cities,
the games are heard on WKNR AM 850 (Cleveland),
WOXY FM 97.7 (Cincinnati),
The announcers are Paul Keels
on play by play, former Buckeye LT Jim Lachey
as color analyst, sideline reporter Marty Bannister, and Skip Mosic as producer/halftime
channel 10 in Columbus (CBS) is the long standing "official TV home" of the Buckeyes,
airing the official coach's show Game Time with Luke Fickell (simulcast
statewide on FS Ohio).
the official cable home of the team, airing programs such as Buckeye Blitz
and Luke Fickell's live postgame press conferences.
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 Further reading
- Jack Park (2002). The Official
Ohio State Football Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-006-1.
- Jim Tressel (2003). Jeff Snook.
ed. What It Means To Be A Buckeye. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-602-6.
- Greenberg, S.; Ratermann, D. (2004).
I Remember Woody. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-674-3.
- Robert Vare (1974). Buckeye:
A Study of Coach Woody Hayes and the Ohio State Football Machine. Harper's
Magazine Press. ISBN 0-06-129150-1.