1979 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1979 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl, L 17–16 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #4
AP #4
1979 record 11–1 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce
MVP Jim Laughlin
Captain Ken Fritz
Captain Mike Guess
Captain Jim Laughlin
Captain Tom Waugh
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »
1979 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#10/10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
#18/19 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/16 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1979 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1979-1980. The Buckeyes compiled an 11–1 record, including the 1980 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they lost 17–16 to the Southern California Trojans.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 1:30 PM Syracuse* Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 31–8   86,205
September 15 2:30 PM at Minnesota #15 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 21–17   43,926
September 22 1:30 PM Washington State* #16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 45–29   87,495
September 29 4:00 PM at #17 UCLA* #14 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC W 17–13   47,228
October 6 1:30 PM Northwestern #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 16–7   87,406
October 13 1:30 PM Indiana #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 47–6   87,521
October 20 1:30 PM Wisconsin #6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 59–0   87,585
October 27 1:30 PM Michigan Statedagger #4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 42–0   87,747
November 3 2:00 PM at Illinois #5 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) W 44–7   41,870
November 10 1:00 PM Iowa #3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 34–7   87,835
November 17 12:30 PM at #13 Michigan #2 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC W 18–15   106,255
January 1 5:00 PM vs. #3 USC* #1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 16–17   105,526
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Depth Chart[edit]

Defense


FS
Vince Skillings
Bob Murphy


WLB ILB ILB SLB
Jim Laughlin Al Washington Marcus Marek Keith Ferguson
Ben Lee Mike D'Andrea
ROV
Todd Bell
CB
Mike Guess
Doyle Lewis


DE NT DE
Jerome Foster Tim Sawicki Luther Henson
Reggie Echols Mark Sullivan Gary Dulin
CB
Ray Ellis
Norm Burrows
Offense
SE
Gary Williams
Chuck Hunter
LT LG C RG RT
Tim Burke Ernie Andria Tom Waugh Ken Fritz Joe Lukens
Scott Burris Jim DeLeone Joe Smith Tim Brown
TE
Brad Dwelle
Bill Jaco
Ron Barwig
FL
Doug Donley
Tyrone Hicks
QB
Art Schlichter
Greg Castignola
FB
Ricardo Volley
Paul Campbell
Cliff Belmer
Special Teams
PK Vlade Janakievski
P Tom Orosz



RB
Calvin Murray
Jimmy Gayle
Tim Spencer


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Coaching staff[edit]

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach (1st year)
  • Pete Carroll - Defensive Backs (1st year)
  • Dennis Fryzel - Defensive Coordinator (1st year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Line / Defensive Inside Linebackers (2nd year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (3rd year)
  • Wayne Stanley - Running Backs (1st year)
  • Steve Szabo - Defensive Line (1st year)
  • Bob Tucker - Defensive Outside Linebackers (1st year)
  • Fred Zechman - Quarterbacks/Receivers (1st year)

1980 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Jim Laughlin 4 91 Linebacker Atlanta Falcons
Mike Guess 6 156 Defensive Back Chicago Bears
Ken Fritz 10 277 Guard Pittsburgh Steelers

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Game notes[edit]

Syracuse[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Washington State[edit]

The longest pass in school history to date, an 86-yard bomb from Art Schlichter to Calvin Murray, helped propel Ohio State to a 45-29 win over Washington State. The previous record was an 80-yard pass from Joe Sparma to Bob Klein in 1961 versus Michigan.[4]


UCLA[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 0 0 7 7
Ohio State 10 3 0 3 16
  • Date: Saturday, October 6
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game attendance: 87,406

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Indiana[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Michigan[edit]

#2 Ohio State at #13 Michigan
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 6 6 6 18
Michigan 0 7 8 0 15

Ohio State clinched the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl with an 18-15 victory over their archrivals. The Buckeyes had not beaten nor scored a touchdown against Michigan since 1975, the last time they had gone to Pasadena.[6]

Rose Bowl[edit]

1980 Rose Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
USC 3 7 0 7 17
Ohio State 0 10 3 3 16
  • Date: January 1, 1980
  • Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
  • Game attendance: 105,526
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg, Merlin Olsen, O.J. Simpson


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References[edit]

Win/Loss statistics
Draft data