1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Consensus National Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl, W 27–16 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1968 record 10–0 (7–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
Offensive scheme Heavy Run
Base defense Multi
Captain Dave Foley
Captain Mark Stier
Captain Dirk Worden
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 81,455)
Seasons
« 1967 1969 »
1968 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Ohio State 7 0 0     10 0 0
#12 Michigan 6 1 0     8 2 0
#10 Purdue 5 2 0     8 2 0
Minnesota 5 2 0     6 4 0
Indiana 4 3 0     6 4 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 5 0
Michigan State 2 5 0     5 5 0
Illinois 1 6 0     1 9 0
Northwestern 1 6 0     1 9 0
Wisconsin 0 7 0     0 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football team is considered one of the strongest in OSU history, fielding 11 All-Americans and six first-round NFL draft picks. With quarterback Rex Kern and running back Jim Otis leading a powerful OSU offense and Jack Tatum on defense, Woody Hayes' Buckeyes capped an undefeated season with a dominating 50–14 victory over archrival Michigan and a come-from-behind 27–16 victory over Southern California in the 1969 Rose Bowl to secure the national title.[1] This was also the first year the Buckeye players were awarded Buckeye pride stickers for their helmets, each one a reward for a good play. OSU was the first team to have such a program.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 28 1:30 PM SMU* #11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 35–14   73,855
October 5 1:30 PM Oregon* #6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 21–6   70,191
October 12 1:30 PM #1 Purdue #4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 13–0   84,834
October 19 1:30 PM Northwesterndagger #2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 45–21   83,454
October 26 2:30 PM at Illinois #2 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) W 31–24   56,174
November 2 1:30 PM #16 Michigan State #2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 25–20   84,859
November 9 2:30 PM at Wisconsin #2 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 43–8   40,972
November 16 2:30 PM at Iowa #2 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 33–27   44,131
November 23 1:30 PM #4 Michigan #2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 50–14   85,371
January 1, 1969 5:00 PM vs. #2 USC* #1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC W 27–16   102,063
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth Chart[edit]

Defense


FS
Mike Sensibaugh
Mike Polaski


LB SLB
Doug Adams Mark Stier
Dirk Worden Phil Strickland
SS
Jack Tatum
CB
Tim Anderson
Jerry Ehrsam


DE DT NT DT DE
Mark Debevc Brad Nielsen Jim Stillwagon Paul Schmidlin Dick Whitfield
Mike Radtke Ralph Holloway Vic Stottlemyer Bill Urbanik
CB
Ted Provost
Offense
SE
Bruce Jankowski
LT LG C RG RT
Dave Foley Thomas Backhus John Muhlbach Alan Jack Rufus Mayes
Dave Chaney Brian Donovan Jim Roman Phil Strickland Charles Hutchison
TE
Jan White
Dick Kuhn
WB
Larry Zelina
Ray Gillian
QB
Rex Kern
Ron Maciejowski
Kevin Rusnak
FB
Jim Otis
John Brockington
Dave Brungard
Special Teams
PK Jim Roman
PK Larry Zelina
P Mike Sensibaugh



RB
Leo Hayden
Ray Gillian


[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Game notes[edit]

SMU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 0 7 7 0 14
• Ohio St 14 12 0 9 35
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game attendance: 73,855
  • Game weather: Clear; 65°F; wind 5–12 N

[3]

Oregon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 0 6 0 0 6
• Ohio St 7 0 7 7 21

[4]


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 0 0 0 0 0
• Ohio St 0 0 13 0 13

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 7 7 7 0 21
• Ohio St 6 15 6 18 45

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 3 21 0 7 31
Illinois 0 0 16 8 24

[7]

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan St 0 7 13 0 20
• Ohio St 7 12 6 0 25

[8]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 10 0 20 13 43
Wisconsin 0 0 0 8 8

[9]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 6 6 14 7 33
Iowa 0 0 6 21 27

[10][11]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 7 0 0 14
• Ohio St 7 14 6 23 50

[12] [13]

Rose Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 0 10 3 14 27
USC 0 10 0 6 16
  • Date: January 1
  • Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 102,063
  • Game weather: Sunny; 84°F

[14]

Statistical leaders[edit]

  • Scoring-Jim Otis
  • Rushing-Jim Otis
  • Passing-Rex Kern
  • Receiving-Bruce Jankowski

1969 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Rufus Mayes 1 14 Tackle Chicago Bears
Dave Foley 1 26 Tackle New York Jets
Steve Howell 10 239 Tight End Cincinnati Bengals

References[edit]

Win/Loss statistics
Draft data