1976 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1976 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
Orange Bowl Champions
Big Ten Co-Champions
Orange Bowl, W 27–10 vs. Colorado
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #6
1976 record 9–2–1 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
MVP Bob Brudzinski
Captain Bill Lukens
Captain Tom Skladany
Captain Ed Thompson
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
« 1975 1977 »
1976 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#6/5 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 2 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Indiana 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 3 5 0     4 6 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1976 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1976-1977. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–2–1 record, including the 1977 Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, where they won 27–10 against the Colorado Buffaloes.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11 1:30 PM Michigan State #4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 49–21   86,509
September 18 3:30 PM at #7 Penn State* #2 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC W 12–7   62,503
September 25 1:30 PM Missouri* #2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 21–22   87,936
October 2 1:30 PM #4 UCLA* #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC T 10–10   87,969
October 9 2:30 PM at Iowa #10 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 34–14   59,170
October 16 2:30 PM at Wisconsin #9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 30–20   79,579
October 23 1:30 PM Purdue #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 24–3   87,898
October 30 2:30 PM at Indiana #8 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 47–7   39,663
November 6 1:30 PM Illinois #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illibuck Trophy) W 42–10   87,564
November 13 2:00 PM at Minnesota #8 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 9–3   53,190
November 20 12:30 PM #4 Michigan #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game) ABC L 0–22   88,250
January 1 7:30 PM vs. #12 Colorado* #11 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 27–10   65,537
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth Chart[edit]

Defense


FS
Joe Allegro


WLB SLB
Ed Thompson Tom Cousineau
SS
Ray Griffin
CB
Mike Guess


DE DT NT DT DE
Bob Brudzinski Nick Buonamici Aaron Brown Eddie Beamon Kelton Dansler
CB
Tom Roche
Offense
SE
Herman Jones
LT LG C RG RT
Chris Ward Jim Savoca Mark Lang Bill Lukens Lou Pietrini
TE
Bill Jaco
Jimmy Moore
WB
Jim Harrell
QB
Rod Gerald
Jim Pacenta
FB
Pete Johnson
Paul Campbell
Special Teams
PK Tom Skladany
P Tom Skladany



RB
Jeff Logan
Ron Springs


[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Woody Hayes - Head Coach (26th year)
  • George Chaump - Offense (9th year)
  • George Hill (American football coach) - Defensive Coordinator (6th year)
  • Alex Gibbs - Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line (2nd year)
  • Mickey Jackson - (3rd year)
  • John Mummey - Quarterbacks (8th year)
  • Ralph Staub - (7th year)
  • Dick Walker - Defensive Backs (8th year)

Game notes[edit]

UCLA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 0 0 3 7 10
Ohio St 0 7 0 3 10

[2]


Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 21 3 10 0 34
Iowa 0 0 0 14 14

[3]


Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio St 3 6 0 0 9
Minnesota 0 3 0 0 3

Ohio State clinches at least a share of Big Ten title for record fifth straight year.[4]


Orange Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 10 0 0 0 10
Ohio State 7 10 3 7 27

[5]


1977 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Bob Brudzinski 1 23 Linebacker Los Angeles Rams
Tom Skladany 2 46 Punter Cleveland Browns
Pete Johnson 2 49 Running Back Cincinnati Bengals
Ed Thompson 8 210 Linebacker New York Jets
Nick Buonamici 9 238 Defensive Tackle Chicago Bears

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1976 Oct 3.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1976 Oct 10.
  4. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1976 Nov 14.
  5. ^ My Favorite Bowl Games. Retrieved 04-May-2012.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data