|Ohio State Buckeyes|
|2020 Ohio State Buckeyes|
|Athletic director||Gene Smith|
|Head coach||Ryan Day|
|1st year, 13–1–0 (.929)|
|Home stadium||Ohio Stadium|
|All-time record||919–325–53 (.729 (as of 2019))|
|Postseason bowl record||24–25–0 (.490 (as of 2018))|
|Claimed national titles||8 |
(1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002, 2014
|Conference titles||39 (2 OAC, 37 Big Ten)|
Penn State Nittany Lions
Illinois Fighting Illini
|Consensus All-Americans||Template:American college football All-Americans|
|Colors||Scarlet, Gray, Black, and White
|Fight song||Carmen Ohio (Alma Mater)|
Across the Field and Buckeye Battle Cry
|Marching band||The Ohio State University Marching Band|
The Ohio State Buckeyes football team is a member of the NCAA FBS Big Ten Conference, playing their home games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes are currently coached by Urban Meyer. 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's nickname is derived from the colloquial term for people from the state of Ohio and the state tree, the Ohio Buckeye. 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Home venues
- 3 Traditions
- 4 Rivalries
- 5 Coaches
- 6 Championships
- 7 All-time records
- 8 Individual awards and achievements
- 8.1 Heisman Trophy winners
- 8.2 Lombardi Award
- 8.3 Maxwell Award
- 8.4 Outland Trophy
- 8.5 Walter Camp Award
- 8.6 Other awards
- 8.7 All-American and All-Conference honors
- 8.8 List of All-Americans
- 8.9 Team season MVPs
- 8.10 All-Century Team
- 8.11 Ohio State's All-Time Team
- 8.12 NCAA Coach of the Year
- 8.13 Academic awards and achievements
- 9 Seasons
- 10 Notable Alumni
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External Links
History[edit | edit source]
1890–1933: beginnings[edit | edit source]
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.
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, Eckstorm resigned. 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 powerhouse[edit | edit source]
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 Willis.
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.
1951–1978: the Woody Hayes era[edit | edit source]
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 of officials.
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 Cooper years[edit | edit source]
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 "new era".
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 Jim Tressel era[edit | edit source]
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. Terrelle 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 were 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." Ohio State named Luke Fickell as interim head coach following Tressel's resignation, and Fickell coached the Buckeyes to a 6-6 record in the 2011 regular season and a berth in the Gator Bowl.
2012–2018: Urban Meyer[edit | edit source]
On November 28, 2011, former University of Florida head coach and ESPN college football analyst Urban Meyer accepted the position of Buckeyes head coach. Meyer assumed head coaching responsibilities following the Buckeyes' January 2012 Gator Bowl appearance. Meyer's first season at Ohio State will not include a postseason contest, as the Buckeyes were given a one-year bowl ban on December 20, 2011. The NCAA also issued sanctions which include the loss of three scholarships each year for the next three years and three years' probation to end on December 19, 2014. Ohio State previously vacated all wins from the 2010 season, its Big Ten Conference championship and 2011 Sugar Bowl win, and forfeited the school's share of Sugar Bowl proceeds.
2019-present: Ryan Day
Home venues[edit | edit source]
Traditions[edit | edit source]
Ohio State football is rich in traditions. The following are football traditions in chronological order of longevity:
- Senior tackle
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 a bowl game, and hit the blocking sled a final time.
- Gold pants
A gold 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.
- Captain's Breakfast
1934 also saw the first gathering of former team captains for breakfast on the Sunday following the Homecoming 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.
- Buckeye Grove
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.
- Michigan Week
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
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 Isaac ." They occupy Section 39A in the South grandstand of Ohio Stadium, next to the band.
- Victory Bell
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.
- Brutus Buckeye
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.
- Hang on Sloopy
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.
- Buckeye Leaves
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.
- Mirror Lake
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.
- Tunnel of Pride
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.
- Carmen Ohio
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[edit | edit source]
- Main article: The Ohio State University 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:
- Skull Session
- Ramp entrance
- The Back Bend
- Script Ohio
Rivalries[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Michigan – Ohio State rivalry
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.
Coaches[edit | edit source]
Template:Rellink The Buckeyes have had 24 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[edit | edit source]
|Ryan Day||Head Coach|
|Tony Alford||Assistant Head Coach for Offensive
|Larry Johnson||Associate Head Coach
|Greg Mattison||Co-Defensive Coordinator|
|Kerry Coombs||Defensive Coordinator
|Brian Hartline||Wide Recievers|
|Greg Studrawa||Offensive Line|
|Kevin Wilson||Offensive Coordinator
|Matt Barnes||Special Teams Coordinator
Assistant Secondary Coach
Support staff[edit | edit source]
|Brian Voltolini||General Manager
|Mickey Marotti||Football Sports Performance|
|Keenan Bailey||Quaility Control - Offense|
|Parker Fleming||Quality Control - Special Teams|
|Drew Christ||Quality Control - Defense|
|Joe Bolden||Quality Control - Defense|
|Billy Fessler||Graduate Assistant - Offense|
|Kennedy Cook||Graduate Assistant - Defense|
|Grayson Miller||Graduate Assistant - Defense|
Championships[edit | edit source]
National championships[edit | edit source]
The following is a list of Ohio State's recognized national championships:
Undefeated seasons[edit | edit source]
Conference championships[edit | edit source]
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 35 times, second most in the conference and third most conference titles of any school in any conference.
|1906||OAC||Albert E. Herrnstein||8–1||4–0|
|1916||Big Ten||John Wilce||7–0||4–0|
|1917||Big Ten||John Wilce||8–0–1||4–0|
|1920||Big Ten||John Wilce||7–1||5–0|
|1935 §||Big Ten||Francis Schmidt||7–1||5–0|
|1939||Big Ten||Francis Schmidt||6–2||5–1|
|1942||Big Ten||Paul Brown||9–1||5–1|
|1944||Big Ten||Carroll Widdoes||9–0||6–0|
|1949 §||Big Ten||Wes Fesler||7–1–2||4–1-1|
|1954||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||10–0||7–0|
|1955||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||7–2||6–0|
|1957||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||9–1||7–0|
|1961||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||8–0–1||6–0|
|1968||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||10–0||7–0|
|1969 §||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||8–1||6–1|
|1970||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||9–1||7–0|
|1972 §||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||9–2||7–1|
|1973 §||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||10–0–1||7–0-1|
|1974 §||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||10–2||7–1|
|1975||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||11–1||8–0|
|1976 §||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||9–2–1||7–1|
|1977 §||Big Ten||Woody Hayes||9–3||6–2|
|1979||Big Ten||Earle Bruce||11–1||8–0|
|1981 §||Big Ten||Earle Bruce||9–3||6–2|
|1984||Big Ten||Earle Bruce||9–3||7–2|
|1986 §||Big Ten||Earle Bruce||10–3||7–1|
|1993 §||Big Ten||John Cooper||10–1–1||6–1–1|
|1996 §||Big Ten||John Cooper||11–1||7–1|
|1998 §||Big Ten||John Cooper||11–1||7–1|
|2002 §||Big Ten||Jim Tressel||14–0||8–0|
|2005 §||Big Ten||Jim Tressel||10–2||7–1|
|2006||Big Ten||Jim Tressel||12–1||8–0|
|2007||Big Ten||Jim Tressel||11–2||7–1|
|2008 §||Big Ten||Jim Tressel||10–3||7–1|
|2009||Big Ten||Jim Tressel||11–2||7–1|
|2010 §||Big Ten||Jim Tressel||0-1||0-1|
|2014||Big Ten||Urban Meyer||14-1||9-0|
|2017||Big Ten||Urban Meyer||12-2||9-1|
|2018||Big Ten||Urban Meyer||13-1||9-1|
|2019||Big Ten||Ryan Day||13-1||9-0|
- *The 7 conference wins and 12 overall wins from the 2010 season were vacated by the University.
§ – Conference co-champions
All-time records[edit | edit source]
Results by year[edit | edit source]
- Main article: List of Ohio State Buckeyes football seasons
All-time bowl games[edit | edit source]
All-time Big Ten records[edit | edit source]
- 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)
|Team||Big Ten Wins||Big Ten Losses||Big Ten Ties||Pct.||Overall Wins||Overall Losses||Overall Ties||Pct.||Streak||First Meeting||Last Meeting|
|Chicago Maroons||10||2||2||10||2||2||Won 8||1920||1939|
|Illinois Fighting Illini||63||29||3||63||30||4||Won 3||1902||2010|
|Indiana Hoosiers||67||8||4||67||12||5||Won 16||1901||2010|
|Iowa Hawkeyes||46||14||3||46||14||3||Won 4||1922||2010|
|Michigan Wolverines||44||46||4||44||58||6||Lost 1||1897||2011|
|Michigan State Spartans||27||10||0||27||12||0||Lost 1||1912||2008|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers||43||7||0||43||7||0||Won 7||1921||2010|
|Nebraska Cornhuskers||0||1||0||2||1||0||Lost 1||1955||2011|
|Northwestern Wildcats||59||14||1||59||14||1||Won 4||1913||2008|
|Penn State Nittany Lions||12||6||0||14||12||0||Won 2||1912||2010|
|Purdue Boilermakers||38||13||2||38||13||2||Won 1||1919||2010|
|Wisconsin Badgers||54||18||5||53||18||5||Won 1||1913||2011|
All Data from College Football Data Warehouse
Individual awards and achievements[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
Lombardi Award[edit | edit source]
Ohio State players have won the Lombardi Award six times. Orlando Pace is the only two-time recipient in the history of the award.
- 1970: Jim Stillwagon
- 1973: John Hicks
- 1987: Chris Spielman
- 1995: Orlando Pace
- 1996: Orlando Pace
- 2005: A. J. Hawk
Maxwell Award[edit | edit source]
Four Ohio State players have won the Maxwell Award:
- 1955: Howard Cassady
- 1961: Bob Ferguson
- 1975: Archie Griffin
- 1995: Eddie George
Outland Trophy[edit | edit source]
Four Ohio State players have won the Outland Trophy:
Walter Camp Award[edit | edit source]
Three Ohio State players have won the Walter Camp Award:
- 1974: Archie Griffin
- 1995: Eddie George
- 2006: Troy Smith
Other awards[edit | edit source]
- Eddie George received the Doak Walker Award in 1995
- Terry Glenn received the Fred Biletnikoff Award in 1995
- Andy Katzenmoyer received the Dick Butkus Award in 1997
- Antoine Winfield received the Jim Thorpe Award in 1998
- LeCharles Bentley received the Dave Rimington Trophy in 2001
- B. J. Sander received the Ray Guy Award in 2003
- Mike Nugent received the Lou Groza Award in 2004
- James Laurinaitis received the Bronko Nagurski Trophy in 2006
- Troy Smith received the Davey O'Brien Award in 2006
- James Laurinaitis received the Dick Butkus Award in 2007
- Malcolm Jenkins received the Jim Thorpe Award in 2008
- James Laurinaitis received the Lott Trophy in 2008
- Chase Young received the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Ted Hendricks Award, & Bednarik Award in 2019
All-American and All-Conference honors[edit | edit source]
Through 2006 129 Buckeyes have been named first team All-Americans since 1914. Of those, Template:American college football All-Americans 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[edit | edit source]
All records per OSU Athletics.
1910s[edit | edit source]
- 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)
1920s[edit | edit source]
- 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)
1930s[edit | edit source]
- 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)
1940s[edit | edit source]
- 1940:Don Scott (C)
- 1942: Robert Shaw (E), Charles Csuri (T), Lin Houston (G), Paul Sarringhaus (HB), Gene Fekete (E)
- 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)
1950s[edit | edit source]
- 1950: Robert Momsen (T), Robert McMullogh (C), Vic Janowicz (HB)
- 1952: Mike Takacs (G)
- 1954: Dean Dugger (E), Howard Cassady (HB), Jim Reichenbach (G)
- 1955: Jim Parker (G), Howard Cassady (HB)
- 1956: Jim Parker (G)
- 1957: Aurealius Thomas (G)
- 1958: Jim Houston (E), Jim Marshall (T), Bob White (E)
- 1959: Jim Houston (E)
1960s[edit | edit source]
- 1960: Bob Ferguson (FB)
- 1961: Bob Ferguson (FB)
- 1964: Jim Davidson (T), Ike Kelley (LB), Arnie Chonko (DB)
- 1965: Doug Van Horn (G), Ike Kelley (LB)
- 1966: Ray Pryor (C)
- 1968: Dave Foley (OT), Rufus Mayes (OT)
- 1969: Jim Stillwagon (G), Rex Kern (QB), Jim Otis (FB), Ted Provost (CB), Jack Tatum (CB)
1970s[edit | edit source]
- 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)
1980s[edit | edit source]
- 1982: Marcus Marek (LB)
- 1984: Jim Lachey (OG), Keith Byars (TB)
- 1985: Pepper Johnson (LB)
- 1986: Cris Carter (SE), Chris Spielman (LB)
- 1987: Chris Spielman (LB), Tom Tupa (P)
- 1988: Jeff Uhlenhake (C)
1990s[edit | edit source]
- 1991: Steve Tovar (LB)
- 1992: Steve Tovar (LB)
- 1993: Korey Stringer (OT), Dan Wilkinson (DT)
- 1994: Korey Stringer (OT)
- 1995: Eddie George (TB), Terry Glenn (FL), Orlando Pace (OT), Mike Vrabel (DE)
- 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)
2000s[edit | edit source]
- 2000: Mike Doss (SS)
- 2001: LeCharles Bentley (C), Mike Doss (SS)
- 2002: Mike Doss (SS), Andy Groom (P), Mike Nugent (PK), Matt Wilhelm (LB)
- 2003: Will Allen (DB)
- 2004: Mike Nugent (PK), A. J. Hawk (LB)
- 2005: A. J. Hawk (LB)
- 2006: Troy Smith (QB), James Laurinaitis (LB), Quinn Pitcock (DL)
- 2007: James Laurinaitis (LB), Chris Wells (RB)
- 2008: James Laurinaitis (LB), Malcolm Jenkins (CB)
Team season MVPs[edit | edit source]
1930: Wes Fesler - (E) - Big Ten MVP
1970: Jim Stillwagon - (DL)
All-Century Team[edit | edit source]
Ohio State's All-Time Team[edit | edit source]
Chosen in 2001 by Athlon Sports. 
NCAA Coach of the Year[edit | edit source]
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 Bill Alexander.
Academic awards and achievements[edit | edit source]
Rhodes Scholarship[edit | edit source]
On December 6, 1985, Mike Lanese was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford.
College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-Americans[edit | edit source]
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)
1984: Dave Crecelius (Defensive Tackle)
National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame[edit | edit source]
Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy ("Academic Heisman")
National Scholar-Athlete Awards Ohio State's eighteen NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards rank second only to Nebraska's twenty among all college football programs.
- 1965 Willard Sander
- 1968 David Foley
- 1970 Rex Kern
- 1973 Randy Gradishar
- 1975 Brian Baschnagel
- 1979 Jim Laughlin
- 1982 Joe Smith
- 1983 John Frank
- 1984 Dave Crecelius
- 1985 Mike Lanese
- 1989 Joe Staysniak
- 1990 Greg Frey
- 1992 Greg Smith
- 1994 Joey Galloway
- 1995 Bobby Hoying
- 1996 Greg Bellisari
- 1999 Ahmed Plummer
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
- 1951 Chic Harley
- 1951 Howard Jones
- 1954 Wes Fesler
- 1954 John Wilce
- 1969 Les Horvath
- 1971 Bill Willis
- 1971 Francis Schmidt
- 1973 Gaylord Stinchcomb
- 1974 Jim Parker
- 1975 Gust Zarnas
- 1976 Vic Janowicz
- 1977 Jim Daniell
- 1978 Gomer Jones
- 1979 Hopalong Cassady
- 1983 Woody Hayes
- 1984 Warren Amling
- 1986 Archie Griffin
- 1989 Aurealius Thomas
- 1991 Jim Stillwagon
- 1996 Bob Ferguson
- 1998 Randy Gradishar
- 2001 John Hicks
- 2002 Earle Bruce
- 2004 Jack Tatum
- 2005 Jim Houston
- 2007 Rex Kern
- 2008 John Cooper
- 2009 Chris Spielman
- 2011 Eddie George
Seasons[edit | edit source]
- 2018 season
- 2017 season
- 2016 season
- 2015 season
- 2014 season
- 2013 season
- 2012 season
- 2011 season
- 2010 season
Notable Alumni[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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