1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Consensus national champion
Big Ten champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP No. 1
1942 record 9–1 (5–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Paul Brown (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Heavy run
Base defense Multi
MVP Charles Csuri
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 66,210)
Seasons
« 1941 1943 »
1942 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Ohio State $ 5 1 0     9 1 0
#3 Wisconsin 4 1 0     8 1 1
#9 Michigan 3 2 0     7 3 0
Illinois 3 2 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 0     6 4 0
#19 Minnesota 3 3 0     5 4 0
Indiana 2 2 0     7 3 0
Purdue 1 4 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University in the 1942 Big Ten Conference football season. The team was led by wingback Les Horvath and quarterback and team captain George Lynn. They were coached by Paul Brown. The Buckeyes were awarded the national championship by the Associated Press, the first claimed and generally recognized national title in program history. The 1933 Ohio State team had been awarded a national championship via the Dunkel System, with Michigan, Princeton, and USC also receiving titles from different ranking systems.

The Buckeyes only loss was to the Wisconsin Badgers in what many now refer to as "The Bad Water Game", where half of the Buckeye players contracted an intestinal disorder after drinking from an unsanitary drinking fountain on the train to Madison. The Buckeyes were defeated by the Badgers who were led by Elroy Hirsch. However, the Badgers had a loss and a tie giving Ohio State the Big Ten championship.

Horvath then led the Buckeyes to three scores through the air to upset Michigan and win their first league championship in three years and their sixth in 30 years since joining the Big Ten Conference in 1913. The Buckeyes outscored their opponents on the season by an average score of 34–11 by scoring a total 337 and allowing 114.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 26 Fort Knox Army squad* No. 1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 59–0   22,555
October 3 Indiana No. 1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 32–21   48,227
October 10 USC* No. 1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 28–12   56,436
October 17 Purdue No. 1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 26–0   45,943
October 24 at Northwestern No. 1 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 20–6   40,000
October 31 at No. 6 Wisconsin No. 1 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 7–17   45,000
November 7 Pittsburgh* No. 6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 59–19   34,893
November 14 vs. No. 13 Illinois No. 10 Cleveland StadiumCleveland, OH (Illibuck Trophy) W 44–20   68,586
November 21 No. 4 Michigan No. 5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game) W 21–7   71,691
November 28 Iowa Pre-Flight* No. 3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 41–12   27,259
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staff[edit]

Awards[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

All-Big Ten[edit]

Big Ten Scholar/Athlete[edit]

  • Don Steinberg, WR

1943 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Les Horvath 6 45 Halfback Cleveland Rams
Bill Vickroy 12 105 Center [Cleveland Rams]]
Don McCafferty 13 116 End New York Giants

References[edit]

General
  • Lindy's (2002), A Championship Season...and the Battle for #1, p. 74