1983 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1983 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
Fiesta Bowl Champions
Fiesta Bowl, W 28–23 vs. Pittsburgh
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #8
AP #9
1983 record 9–3 (6–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce
Offensive coordinator Glen Mason
MVP John Frank
Captain John Frank
Captain Garcia Lane
Captain Bill Roberts
Captain Rowland Tatum
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,290)
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »
1983 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10/10 Illinois 9 0 0     10 2 0
#8/9 Michigan 8 1 0     9 3 0
#14/14 Iowa 7 2 0     9 3 0
#9/8 Ohio State 6 3 0     9 3 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0     7 4 0
Purdue 3 5 1     3 7 1
Michigan State 2 6 1     4 6 1
Indiana 2 7 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Minnesota 0 9 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1983 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1983-1984. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1984 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, where they won 28–23 against the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10 Oregon* #7 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 31–6   88,524
September 17 at #2 Oklahoma* #6 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 24–14   75,008
September 24 at #7 Iowa #3 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 14–20   66,175
October 1 Minnesota #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 69–18   89,192
October 8 Purdue #6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 33–22   89,384
October 15 at #19 Illinois #6 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 13–17   73,414
October 22 Michigan State #17 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 21–11   89,104
October 29 Wisconsin #16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 45–27   89,203
November 5 at Indiana #14 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 56–17   51,176
November 12 Northwestern #10 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 55–7   88,703
November 19 at #8 Michigan #10 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 21–24   106,115
January 2 vs. #15 Pittsburgh* #14 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) W 28–23   66,484
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Depth Chart[edit]

Defense


FS
Doug Hill


WLB ILB ILB SLB
Rowland Tatum Byron Lee Clark Backus Orlondo Lowry
Curt Curtis Rowland Tatum
SS
Kelvin Bell
CB
Shaun Gayle


DE NT DE
Dave Morrill Spencer Nelms Dave Crecelius
CB
Garcia Lane
Offense
SE
Thad Jemison
LT LG C RG RT
Bill Roberts Kirk Lowdermilk Joe Dooley Scott Zalenski Mark Krerowicz
Rory Graves
TE
John Frank
FL
Cedric Anderson
Mike Lanese
QB
Mike Tomczak
Jim Karsatos
FB
Vaughn Broadnax
Roman Bates
Special Teams





RB
Keith Byers
Kelvin Lindsey & John Wooldridge & Bob Grosbeck


[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach (5th year)
  • Dom Capers - Defensive Backs (2nd year)
  • Steve Devine - Recruiting Coordinator (1st year)
  • Randy Hart - Defensive Line (2nd year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Coordinator (6th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (7th year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Linebackers (2nd year)
  • Wayne Stanley - Running Backs (5th year)
  • Jim Tressel - Quarterbacks (1st year)
  • Bob Tucker - Defensive Coordinator (5th year)

Game notes[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 7 7 7 3 24
Oklahoma 0 7 7 0 14

[2]


Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 7 0 0 7 14
Iowa 3 0 10 7 20
  • Date: September 24
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA


Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 3 9 0 6 18
Ohio State 7 31 24 7 69
  • Date: October 1
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH


Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 14 7 6 0 27
Ohio State 7 21 10 7 45
  • Date: Saturday, October 29
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game attendance: 89,203

Woody Hayes dotted the "i" in the pregame Script Ohio.

Statistics

[3]


Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 0 0 7 7
Ohio State 20 21 7 7 55
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game attendance: 88,703


Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 7 7 0 14
Michigan 10 0 0 14 24
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI


Fiesta Bowl[edit]

1984 Fiesta Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 7 7 0 14 28
Pittsburgh 0 7 0 16 23
  • Date: January 2, 1984
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ
  • Game attendance: 66,484
  • TV announcers (NBC): Charlie Jones, Bob Griese

[4]



1984 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
William Roberts 1 27 Guard New York Giants
John Frank 2 56 Tight End San Francisco 49ers
Garcia Lane 3 61 Defensive Back Kansas City Chiefs
Rowland Tatum 6 165 Linebacker Miami Dolphins
Shaun Gayle 10 271 Defensive Back Chicago Bears
Joe Dooley 10 274 Center Los Angeles Rams
Thad Jemison 12 310 Wide Receiver Tampa Bay Buccaneers

References[edit]

Win/Loss statistics
Draft data