1996 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1996 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten Co-Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Rose Bowl, W 20–17 vs. Arizona State
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #2
1996 record 11–1 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach John Cooper
Offensive coordinator Joe Hollis
Defensive coordinator Fred Pagac
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 89,841)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2/2 Ohio State §   7 1         11 1  
#15/16 Northwestern §   7 1         9 3  
#7/7 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
#18/18 Iowa   6 2         9 3  
#20/20 Michigan   5 3         8 4  
Michigan State   5 3         6 6  
Wisconsin   3 5         8 5  
Purdue   2 6         3 8  
Minnesota   1 7         4 7  
Indiana   1 7         3 8  
Illinois   1 7         2 9  
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1996 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1996–1997. The team's head football coach was John Cooper. The Buckeyes played their home games in Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 11–1, and a Big Ten Conference record of 7–1. They finished co-champions in the Big Ten Conference with the Northwestern Wildcats and played in the 1997 Rose Bowl against Pac-10 Champion the Arizona State Sun Devils. Ohio State did not play Northwestern during the regular season and were selected to play in the Rose Bowl due to their better overall record of 10–1 (the Wildcats were 9–2). Northwestern had played in the previous Rose Bowl.

The Buckeyes used two quarterbacks throughout the year, junior Stanley Jackson, and sophomore Joe Germaine, the Buckeyes were dominant throughout the majority of the season, outscoring their opponents by a score of 455–131. The Buckeyes only loss came late in the season to their rivals, the Michigan Wolverines, by a score of 13–9.

Because of the late loss, Ohio State fell from second to fourth in the polls. Due to the Big Ten and Pac-10 not being involved in the Bowl Alliance agreement as the two champions were contractually obligated to play in the Rose Bowl, Ohio State was set to play #2 Arizona State, while #1 Florida State and #3 Florida played for the National Championship in the 1997 Sugar Bowl.

Ohio State went into the 1997 Rose Bowl with high hopes and Germaine came off the bench and threw a late touchdown pass to David Boston to steal a come-from-behind victory. With the Buckeyes dramatic upset victory over the Sun Devils, Buckeye fans hoped for a share of the national title. However, Florida would later avenge a late season loss to their rivals, and beat the Seminoles by a score of 52–20. Florida finished first and Ohio State second in both polls, followed by Florida State and Arizona State.

The Rose Bowl appearance was the Buckeyes first since 1985. The Rose Bowl victory was the sixth in school history, the first since 1974. Germaine was named Rose Bowl MVP.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 12:00 PM Rice* #10 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN+ W 70–7   93,479[1]
September 21 12:30 PM Pittsburgh* #7 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ESPN W 72–0   93,959[1]
September 28 2:30 PM at #5 Notre Dame* #4 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, IN NBC W 29–16   59,075[1]
October 5 3:30 PM #4 Penn State #3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 38–7   94,241[1]
October 12 12:30 PM Wisconsin #2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ESPN W 17-14   94,215[1]
October 19 3:30 PM at Purdue #2 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 42–14   60,172[1]
October 26 3:30 PM at #20 Iowa #2 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ABC W 38–26   70,397[1]
November 2 12:30 PM Minnesota #2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ESPN2 W 45–0   93,588[1]
November 9 12:30 PM Illinois #2 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN W 48–0   54,412[1]
November 16 3:30 PM at Indiana #2 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ABC W 27–17   49,271[1]
November 23 12:00 PM #21 Michigan #2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game) ABC L 9–13   94,676[1]
January 1 4:30 PM vs. #2 Arizona State* #4 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC W 20–17   100,635[1]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Game notes[edit]

Rice[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rice 0 7 0 0 7
• Ohio St 21 21 21 7 70
  • Date: September 7
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 93,479
  • Television network: ESPN+


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Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0
• Ohio St 21 31 13 7 72


Notre Dame[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 12 10 7 0 29
Notre Dame 7 0 3 6 16


Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn St 0 0 0 7 7
• Ohio St 10 14 7 7 38


Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 0 7 0 7 14
• Ohio St 0 3 7 7 17


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 7 7 14 14 42
Purdue 14 0 0 0 14



Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 17 14 7 0 38
Iowa 3 3 6 14 26


Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0
• Ohio St 0 10 21 14 45


Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 0 28 20 0 48
Illinois 0 0 0 0 0


Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 0 7 0 20 27
Indiana 0 3 7 7 17


Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Michigan 0 0 10 3 13
Ohio St 3 6 0 0 9


Rose Bowl[edit]

See also: 1997 Rose Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 7 0 7 6 20
Arizona St 0 7 3 7 17


Coaching staff[edit]

  • John Cooper - Head Coach - 9th year
  • Bill Conley - Recruiting Coordinator (9th year)
  • Walt Harris - Quarterbacks (2nd year)
  • Jim Heacock - Defensive Line (2nd year)
  • Joe Hollis - Offensive Coordinator (6th year)
  • Mike Jacobs - Offensive Line (2nd year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Coordinator (15th year)
  • Tim Spencer - Running Backs (3rd year)
  • Chuck Strobart - Offensive Coordinator (2nd year)
  • Jon Tenuta - Defensive Backs (1st year)

Awards and honors[edit]

1997 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Orlando Pace 1 1 Tackle St. Louis Rams
Shawn Springs 1 3 Defensive Back Seattle Seahawks
Rob Kelly 2 33 Defensive Back New Orleans Saints
Ty Howard 3 84 Defensive Back Arizona Cardinals
Mike Vrabel 3 91 Defensive End Pittsburgh Steelers
Nicky Sualua 4 129 Running Back Dallas Cowboys
Matt Finkes 6 189 Defensive End Carolina Panthers

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Park, Jack (2003). The Official Ohio State Football Encyclopedia. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-695-7. 
  2. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=227&season=1996
  3. ^ USA Today
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1997.htm

Buckeye Sports Bulletin (1997), Rose Bowl Championship Yearbook 

Draft data