1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Coaches' Poll national champion
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 10–7 vs. Oregon
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 2
1957 record 9–1 (7–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes (7th year)
Offensive scheme Heavy run
Defensive coordinator Lyal Clark
Base defense Multi
MVP Bill Jobko
Captain Leo Brown
Captain Galen Cisco
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 78,677)
Seasons
← 1956
1958 →
1957 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
#3 Michigan State 5 1 0     8 1 0
#6 Iowa 4 1 1     7 1 1
#19 Wisconsin 4 3 0     6 3 0
Purdue 4 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 3 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 4 0     4 5 0
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 7 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1957 Big Ten Conference football season. The team was led by captains Galen Cisco and Leo Brown. They were the third national title team in Ohio State football history. They were coached by Hall of Fame coach Woody Hayes. The Buckeyes were awarded the title by the UPI Coaches Poll and represented the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl.

The Buckeyes finished the 1956 season with a two shut-out losses to Iowa and Michigan. Going into the 1957 season fans had a feeling of rebuilding. The feeling was made stronger with an opening loss to unranked TCU. To make matters worse, Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa were all ranked in the Top 6 of the AP Poll Rankings while Ohio State would not be ranked until late October. Coach Hayes rallied the team every week and made them better following this loss.

The Buckeyes came back with a big win at Washington and victories over Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue, along with crushing victories over Indiana and Northwestern. A shocking Purdue upset over #2 Michigan State, a tie between Michigan and Iowa, and Minnesota’s unraveling season after a loss to Illinois continued to help the Buckeyes.

It was a late star performance by sophomore fullback Bob White against unbeaten Iowa that pushed the team even further. Trailing 13–10 and on their own 32-yard line, White ran on six of the eight plays for 66 out of the 68 yards, capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run..

A victory over Michigan moved the Bucks up to #2 in the AP, behind Auburn. However, the UPI Coaches' poll voted OSU #1 and Auburn #2. The Bucks were also declared #1 by the Football Writers Association Poll.

In a hard fought Rose Bowl game, a late field goal by Don Sutherin in the fourth quarter sealed the victory over the Oregon Ducks. The Buckeyes finished the season 9–1.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 28 TCU* Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 14–18   81,784
October 5 at Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 35–7   36,328
October 12 Illinois Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illibuck Trophy) W 21–7   82,239
October 19 Indiana Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 56–0   78,348
October 26 at Wisconsin No. 12 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 16–13   51,051
November 2 Northwestern No. 8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 47–6   79,635
November 9 Purdue No. 6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 20–7   79,177
November 16 No. 5 Iowa No. 6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 17–13   82,935
November 23 at No. 19 Michigan No. 3 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) W 31–14   101,001
January 1, 1958 vs. Oregon* No. 2 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC W 10–7   98,202
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

TCU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• TCU 6 6 6 0 18
Ohio State 7 7 0 0 14
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 81,784
  • Game weather: Clear, 62°F
Team Statistics
Stat Ohio State TCU
Pass Atts. 3 3
Pass Comps. 2 0
Pass Yards 20 0
Yds./Pass 10 0
Rush Atts. 62 54
Rush Yards 242 184
Yds./Rush 3.9 3.4
Total Yards 262 184
Fumbles Lost 2 1
INTs Lost 0 1
Total Turnovers 2 2

[1]

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 0 7 14 14 35
Washington 0 7 0 0 7

[2]

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Illinois 0 0 7 0 7
• Ohio State 7 0 7 7 21
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 82,239
  • Game weather: Clear, 60°F

[3]

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana 0 0 0 0 0
• Ohio State 14 23 12 7 56
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 78,348
  • Game weather: Clear, 50°F

[4]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio State 13 0 3 0 16
Wisconsin 13 0 0 0 13

[5]

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 0 0 6 6
• Ohio State 6 14 13 14 47
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 79,635
  • Game weather: Clear, 65°F

[6]

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 6 0 7 0 13
• Ohio State 3 7 0 7 17
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 82,935
  • Game weather: Clear, 60°F

[7]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 6 0 7 0 13
• Ohio State 3 7 0 7 17
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 82,935
  • Game weather: Clear, 60°F

[8]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio State 7 3 14 7 31
Michigan 7 7 0 0 14

Ohio State played without halfback Don Clark, who was sidelined with a groin injury.[9] [10]

All-Americans[edit]

Aurealius Thomas, G

All-Big Ten[edit]

Aurealius Thomas, G
Leo Brown, E

MVP[edit]

Bill Jobko, G

1958 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Bill Jobko 7 80 Linebacker Los Angeles Rams
Don Sutherin 8 94 Defensive Back New York Giants
Russ Bowermaster 11 132 End Cleveland Browns

References[edit]

General
  • Lindy's (2002), A Championship Season...and the Battle for #1, p. 76 .
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data