1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Consensus national champion
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 27–16 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1968 record 10–0 (7–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes (18th season)
MVP Mark Stier
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 81,455)
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     10 0 0
No. 12 Michigan 6 1 0     8 2 0
No. 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 an American football team that represented the Ohio State University in the 1968 Big Ten Conference football season. It 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. This would be Ohio State's last national championship until 2002.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 28 1:30 p.m. SMU* No. 11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 35–14   73,855
October 5 1:30 p.m. Oregon* No. 6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 21–6   70,191
October 12 1:30 p.m. No. 1 Purdue No. 4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 13–0   84,834
October 19 1:30 p.m. Northwesterndagger No. 2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 45–21   83,454
October 26 2:30 p.m. at Illinois No. 2 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois (Illibuck Trophy) W 31–24   56,174
November 2 1:30 p.m. No. 16 Michigan State No. 2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 25–20   84,859
November 9 2:30 p.m. at Wisconsin No. 2 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin W 43–8   40,972
November 16 2:30 p.m. at Iowa No. 2 Iowa StadiumIowa City, Iowa W 33–27   44,131
November 23 1:30 p.m. No. 4 Michigan No. 2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio (The Game) W 50–14   85,371
January 1, 1969 5:00 p.m. vs. No. 2 USC* No. 1 Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) NBC W 27–16   102,063
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Personnel[edit]

1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
E 85 Charles Aldrin So
OG 57 Thomas Backhus Jr
HB 19 Ed Bender Sr
HB 48 Jay Bombach Sr
HB 42 John Brockington So
HB 12 Dave Brungard Jr
OG 75 Dave Cheney So
FB 36 Rich Cunningham So
OG 66 Brian Donovan So
OT 70 Dave Foley (C) Sr
HB 11 Ray Gillian Jr
HB 44 Horatius Greene Jr
OT 65 Randy Hart Jr
HB 22 Leo Hayden So
FB 34 Paul Huff Jr
OT 72 Charles Hutchison Jr
OG 61 Alan Jack Jr
E 82 Bruce Jankowski So
QB 10 Rex Kern So
E 81 Dick Kuhn So
OG 64 Ted Kurz So
QB 24 Bill Long Sr
QB 18 Ron Maciejowski So
OT 73 Rufus Mayes Sr
C 55 John Muhlbach Sr
OT 76 Jim Opperman So
FB 35 Jim Otis Jr
C 58 Larry Qualls So
C 52 Jim Roman Sr
OT 59 Gary Roush Sr
HB 23 Kevin Rusnak Jr
E 87 Robert Smith Sr
E 92 John Stowe Sr
OG 62 Phil Strickland So
OT 71 Rich Troha So
E 80 Jan White So
HB 16 Larry Zelina So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 63 Doug Adams So
CB 26 Tim Anderson So
DE 86 Dan Aston Jr
LB 33 Tom Bartley Sr
LB 21 Arthur Burton Jr
CB 47 Jim Coburn So
DE 83 Mark Debevc So
DT 78 John Dombos So
DE 90 Tom Ecrement So
S 28 Jerry Ersham Sr
LB 39 James Gentile Jr
LB 51 Bill Hackett Jr
MG 67 Ralph Halloway So
DT 77 Brad Nielsen Jr
CB 15 Mike Polaski Jr
CB 46 Ted Provost Jr
S 43 Rich Quilling Jr
LB 55 Mike Radtke Jr
DE 89 Nick Roman Sr
DT 74 Paul Schmidlin Jr
S 3 Mike Sensibaugh So
DT 50 Butch Smith Jr
DE 91 John Sobolewski Sr
LB 54 Mark Stier Sr
MG 68 Jim Stillwagon So
MG 69 Vic Stottlemeyer Sr
LB 32 Jack Tatum So
CB 17 Bob Trapuzzano Jr
DT 79 Bill Urbanik Jr
CB 41 Tim Wagner So
DE 88 Dave Whitfield Jr
LB 56 Dirk Worden (C) Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2016-Feb-12

Game summaries[edit]

SMU[edit]

1 234Total
SMU 0 770 14
• Ohio St 14 1209 35
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 73,855
  • Game weather: Clear; 65°F; wind 5–12 N

[2]

Oregon[edit]

1 234Total
Oregon 0 600 6
• Ohio St 7 077 21
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 70,191
  • Game weather: Sunny; 50°F; wind 9 NW

[3]

Purdue[edit]

1 234Total
Purdue 0 000 0
• Ohio St 0 0130 13
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 84,834
  • Game weather: 70°F; no wind

Northwestern[edit]

1 234Total
Northwestern 7 770 21
• Ohio St 6 15618 45
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 83,454
  • Game weather: 65°F; wind 5–15 W

Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
• Ohio St 3 2107 31
Illinois 0 0168 24
  • Date: October 26
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
  • Game attendance: 56,174
  • Game weather: Clear; 55°F; wind 8–15 SW

[6]

Michigan State[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan St 0 7130 20
• Ohio St 7 1260 25
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 84,859
  • Game weather: 73°F; wind 5 SW

[7]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 234Total
• Ohio St 10 02013 43
Wisconsin 0 008 8
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
  • Game attendance: 40,972
  • Game weather: Overcast; 34°F; wind 8 N

[8]

Iowa[edit]

1 234Total
• Ohio St 6 6147 33
Iowa 0 0621 27
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium
  • Game attendance: 44,131
  • Game weather: Rain; 38°F; wind 12 E

[9][10]

Michigan[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan 7 700 14
• Ohio St 7 14623 50

[11] [12]

Rose Bowl[edit]

1 234Total
• Ohio St 0 10314 27
USC 0 1006 16
  • Date: January 1
  • Location: Rose Bowl
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 102,063
  • Game weather: Sunny; 84°F
  • Referee: Charles Moffett

[13]

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