1918 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1918 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1918 record 3–3 (0–3 Big Ten)
Head coach John Wilce (6th year)
Home stadium Ohio Field
Seasons
← 1917
1919 →
1918 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Michigan + 2 0 0     5 0 0
Illinois + 4 0 0     5 2 0
Purdue + 1 0 0     3 3 0
Iowa 2 1 0     6 2 1
Minnesota 2 1 0     5 2 1
Northwestern 1 1 0     2 2 1
Wisconsin 1 2 0     3 3 0
Indiana 0 0 0     2 2 0
Ohio State 0 3 0     3 3 0
Chicago 0 5 0     4 6 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1918 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was an American football team that represented Ohio State University in the 1918 Big Ten Conference football season. In their sixth year under head coach John Wilce, the Buckeyes compiled a 3–3 record (0–3 against conference opponents) and outscored opponents by a combined total of 134 to 41.[1]

End Clarence A. MacDonald received first-team honors on the 1918 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[2][3]

With the country involved in World War I, many of the top football players did not play due to military service. Players serving in the military included Chic Harley and Gaylord Stinchcomb of Ohio State.[4][5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 5 Ohio Wesleyan* Ohio FieldColumbus, OH W 41–0  
October 12 Denison* Ohio Field • Columbus, OH W 34–0  
November 9 Case* Ohio Field • Columbus, OH W 56–0  
November 16 at Illinois Illinois FieldChampaign, IL (Rivalry) L 0–13  
November 23 Wisconsin Ohio Field • Columbus, OH L 3–14  
November 30 at Michigan Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI (Rivalry) L 0–14  
*Non-conference game.

Game summaries[edit]

On October 5, 1918, Ohio State defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 41–0, in Columbus, Ohio.[6]

On October 12, 1918, Ohio State defeated Denison, 34–0, in Columbus, Ohio. With Chic Harley serving in the military, halfback Thomas Davies was the star for the Buckeyes.[7]

On November 9, 1918, Ohio State defeated Case, 56–0, on a muddy field in Columbus, Ohio.[8]

On November 16, 1918, Illinois defeated Ohio State, 13–0, on a muddy field in Champaign, Illinois. Kirkpatrick and Sabo scored touchdowns for Illinois.[9]

On November 23, 1918, Wisconsin defeated Ohio State, 14-3, in Columbus, Ohio.[10]

On November 30, 1918, Michigan defeated Ohio State, 14–0, in Columbus, Ohio.[11] The game was played on a wet, muddy and slippery field that handicapped the offensive players.[12] The teams played to a scoreless tie in a first half. Michigan's first touchdown was set up by a 73-yard punt from Frank Steketee that "stuck fast in the mud" at Ohio State's two- or three-yard line.[12][13] Michigan's defense held, and Ohio State was forced to punt from his end zone. Angus Goetz blocked the punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.[12] Later in the game, Steketee faked a run around the end and passed to Robert J. Dunne who was "camped near the uprights."[12][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1918 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Walter Eckersall (December 8, 1918). "Eckersall Picks "All Star" Eleven of the Big Ten". Chicago Tribune. pp. 2–4 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ ESPN Big Ten Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2007. p. 191. ISBN 978-1-933060-49-1. 
  4. ^ "Chick Harley: Ohio's Great Halfback to Join the Army Flyers". The Fort Wayne Daily News. December 6, 1917. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Stinchcomb Leaves Ohio". Lansing State Journal. May 2, 1918. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Plunges of Ohio State's Backs Too Much for Wesleyan and Methodists Meet Defeat, 41–0". The Cincinnati Enquirer. October 6, 1918. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Denison State's Latest Victim: Western Conference Champions Add Another Scalp To Their Belts". The Cincinnati Enquirer. October 13, 1918. p. 23 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Ohio Swamps Case on Muddy Field, 56 to 0". Chicago Daily Tribune. November 10, 1918. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Illinois Pounds Line For Victory Over Ohio: Urbana Boys Make Their First Touchdown Within Five Minutes After Opening of Game; Second in Third Quarter". The Decatur Herald. November 17, 1918. p. 8 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Badgers Victors Over Ohio State Eleven, 14 to 7: Smith Scores Both of Wisconsin Touchdowns After Sprints of 80 Yards". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 24, 1918. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ "Michigan Keeps Slate Clean by Downing Ohio State, 14–0". Chicago Daily Tribune. December 1, 1918. p. A5. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c d Harry Bullion (December 1, 1918). "Michigan Averts Disaster in Final Period, Scoring Twice, Winning 14–0: Goetz Again Gains the Winning Break on Block of Punt". Detroit Free Press – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ Keim, Bob (November 20, 2004). "101 Greatest Moments". The Plain Dealer. 
  14. ^ "Michigan Downs Ohio State by 14 to 0 Score". Syracuse Herald. December 1, 1918.