1977 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1977 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten Co-Champions
Sugar Bowl, L 35–6 vs. Alabama
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #12
AP #11
1977 record 9–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
Defensive coordinator George Hill
MVP Dave Adkins
Captain Aaron Brown
Captain Ray Griffin
Captain Jeff Logan
Captain Chris Ward
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
« 1976 1978 »
1977 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9/8 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#11/12 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Indiana 4 3 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 6 0     5 6 0
Illinois 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1977 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1977-1978. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1978 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they lost 35–6 to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 1:30 PM Miami (FL)* #5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 10–0   86,287
September 17 1:30 PM Minnesota #6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 38–7   87,799
September 24 1:30 PM #3 Oklahoma* #4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC L 28–29   88,119
October 1 8:30 PM at SMU* #6 Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 35–7   51,970
October 8 1:30 PM Purdue #4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 46–0   87,707
October 15 2:30 PM at Iowa #5 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 27–6   60,070
October 22 2:30 PM at Northwestern #4 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 35–15   29,563
October 29 1:30 PM Wisconsin #3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 42–0   87,837
November 5 2:00 PM at Illinois #4 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) W 35–0   66,973
November 12 1:30 PM Indiana #4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 35–7   87,786
November 19 12:30 PM at #5 Michigan #4 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC L 6–14   106,024
January 2 2:00 PM vs. #3 Alabama* #9 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 6–35   76,811
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth Chart[edit]

Defense


FS
Joe Allegro


WLB SLB
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SS
Ray Griffin
CB
Mike Guess


DE DT NT DT DE
Kelton Dansler Gary Dulin Aaron Brown Byron Cato Paul Ross
CB
Len Mills
Offense
SE
Herman Jones
LT LG C RG RT
Chris Ward Mark Lang Tim Vogler Ken Fritz Joe Robinson
TE
Bill Jaco
Jimmy Moore
WB
Jim Harrell
QB
Rod Gerald
Greg Castignola
FB
Joel Payton
Paul Campbell
Special Teams
PK Vlade Janakievski




RB
Jeff Logan (FB)
Ron Springs (TB)


[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Woody Hayes - Head Coach (27th year)
  • George Chaump - Offense (10th year)
  • George Hill (American football coach) - Defensive Coordinator (7th year)
  • Dave Adolph - Defense (1st year)
  • Alex Gibbs - Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line (3rd year)
  • Mickey Jackson - (4th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (1st year)
  • Gary Tranquill - Defensive Backs (1st year)

Game summaries[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]


Minnesota[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

European Soccer style kicker drilled a 50+ yard field goal to give the Sooners the win as time expired

SMU[edit]


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 0 0 0 0 0
Ohio St 29 10 7 0 46
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio
  • Game weather: 87,707

[2]


Iowa[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio St 0 7 21 7 35
Illinois 0 0 0 0 0

[3]



Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana 7 0 0 0 7
• Ohio St 7 0 21 7 35

[4]


Michigan[edit]

Sugar Bowl[edit]

1978 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Chris Ward 1 4 Tackle New York Jets
Ray Griffin 2 35 Defensive Back Cincinnati Bengals
Herman Jones 7 185 Wide Receiver Chicago Bears
Jeff Logan 7 191 Running Back Baltimore Colts
David Adkins 8 209 Linebacker Atlanta Falcons
Aaron C. Brown 10 252 Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. ^ "Payton TDs Lead Ohio State Rout." Palm Beach Post. 1977 Oct 9.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Nov 6.
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Nov 13.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data