1951 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1951 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1951 record 4-3-2 (2-3-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
MVP Vic Janowicz
Captain Robert Heid
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »
1951 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Illinois 5 0 1     9 0 1
#NR/14 Purdue 4 1 0     5 4 0
#8/8 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
Michigan 4 2 0     4 5 0
Ohio State 2 2 2     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 4 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 1 4 1     2 6 1
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Iowa 0 5 1     2 5 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1951 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1951-1952. The Buckeyes compiled a 4–3–2 record as the famous Woodrow "Woody" Hayes took over. The Bucks outscored teams 109-104 but fell to Michigan.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 29 SMU* #3 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 7-0   80,735
October 6 Michigan State #7 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 20-24   82,640
October 13 at Wisconsin #9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI T 6-6   51,156
October 20 Indiana #17 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 10-32   74,265
October 27 Iowa Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 47-21   67,551
November 3 Northwestern Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 3-0   71,089
November 10 at Pittsburgh* #20 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh W 16-14   34,747
November 17 #3 Illinois Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH T 0-0   79,457
November 24 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0-7   93,411
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staff[edit]

Game summaries[edit]

SMU[edit]

The only score in Woody Hayes' debut as Ohio State's head coach came in the second quarter on a 21-yard scoring pass.[1]


Michigan State[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Tony Curcillo threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more to give Woody Hayes his first conference victroy. Curcillo finished 10 of 14 for 292 yards.[2]

Northwestern[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1952 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Joe Campanella 3 36 Linebacker Cleveland Browns
Vic Janowicz 7 79 Halfback Washington Redskins
Sonny Gandee 9 106 Linebacker Detroit Lions
Dick Logan 11 132 Guard Cleveland Browns
Steve Ruzich 14 168 Guard Cleveland Browns
Julius Wittman 15 175 Tackle Washington Redskins
Dick Doyle 27 318 Defensive Back Pittsburgh Steelers
Walt Klevay 29 348 Back Cleveland Browns

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buckeyes Top SMU." Palm Beach Post. 1951 Sept 30.
  2. ^ "Ohio State Stops Hawkeyes 47 to 21." Palm Beach Post. 1951 Oct 28.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data