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 No. 1
AP No. 1
1968 record 10–0 (7–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
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* No. 11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 35–14   73,855
October 5 1:30 PM Oregon* No. 6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 21–6   70,191
October 12 1:30 PM No. 1 Purdue No. 4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 13–0   84,834
October 19 1:30 PM Northwesterndagger No. 2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 45–21   83,454
October 26 2:30 PM at Illinois No. 2 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) W 31–24   56,174
November 2 1:30 PM No. 16 Michigan State No. 2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 25–20   84,859
November 9 2:30 PM at Wisconsin No. 2 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 43–8   40,972
November 16 2:30 PM at Iowa No. 2 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 33–27   44,131
November 23 1:30 PM No. 4 Michigan No. 2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 50–14   85,371
January 1, 1969 5:00 PM vs. No. 2 USC* No. 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.

Personnel[edit]

1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
E 85 Aldrin, CharlesCharles Aldrin So
OG 57 Backhus, ThomasThomas Backhus Jr
HB 19 Bender, EdEd Bender Sr
HB 48 Bombach, JayJay Bombach Sr
HB 42 Brockington, JohnJohn Brockington So
HB 12 Brungard, DaveDave Brungard Jr
OG 75 Cheney, DaveDave Cheney So
FB 36 Cunningham, RichRich Cunningham So
OG 66 Donovan, BrianBrian Donovan So
OT 70 Foley, DaveDave Foley (C) Sr
HB 11 Gillian, RayRay Gillian Jr
HB 44 Greene, HoratiusHoratius Greene Jr
OT 65 Hart, RandyRandy Hart Jr
HB 22 Hayden, LeoLeo Hayden So
FB 34 Huff, PaulPaul Huff Jr
OT 72 Hutchison, CharlesCharles Hutchison Jr
OG 61 Jack, AlanAlan Jack Jr
E 82 Jankowski, BruceBruce Jankowski So
QB 10 Kern, RexRex Kern So
E 81 Kuhn, DickDick Kuhn So
OG 64 Kurz, TedTed Kurz So
QB 24 Long, BillBill Long Sr
QB 18 Maciejowski, RonRon Maciejowski So
OT 73 Mayes, RufusRufus Mayes Sr
C 55 Muhlbach, JohnJohn Muhlbach Sr
OT 76 Opperman, JimJim Opperman So
FB 35 Otis, JimJim Otis Jr
C 58 Qualls, LarryLarry Qualls So
C 52 Roman, JimJim Roman Sr
OT 59 Roush, GaryGary Roush Sr
HB 23 Rusnak, KevinKevin Rusnak Jr
E 87 Smith, RobertRobert Smith Sr
E 92 Stowe, JohnJohn Stowe Sr
OG 62 Strickland, PhilPhil Strickland So
OT 71 Troha, RichRich Troha So
E 80 White, JanJan White So
HB 16 Zelina, LarryLarry Zelina So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 63 Adams, DougDoug Adams So
CB 26 Anderson, TimTim Anderson So
DE 86 Aston, DanDan Aston Jr
LB 33 Bartley, TomTom Bartley Sr
LB 21 Burton, ArthurArthur Burton Jr
CB 47 Coburn, JimJim Coburn So
DE 83 Debevc, MarkMark Debevc So
DT 78 Dombos, JohnJohn Dombos So
DE 90 Ecrement, TomTom Ecrement So
S 28 Ersham, JerryJerry Ersham Sr
LB 39 Gentile, JamesJames Gentile Jr
LB 51 Hackett, BillBill Hackett Jr
MG 67 Halloway, RalphRalph Halloway So
DT 77 Nielsen, BradBrad Nielsen Jr
CB 15 Polaski, MikeMike Polaski Jr
CB 46 Provost, TedTed Provost Jr
S 43 Quilling, RichRich Quilling Jr
LB 55 Radtke, MikeMike Radtke Jr
DE 89 Roman, NickNick Roman Sr
DT 74 Schmidlin, PaulPaul Schmidlin Jr
S 3 Sensibaugh, MikeMike Sensibaugh So
DT 50 Smith, ButchButch Smith Jr
DE 91 Sobolewski, JohnJohn Sobolewski Sr
LB 54 Stier, MarkMark Stier Sr
MG 68 Stillwagon, JimJim Stillwagon So
MG 69 Stottlemeyer, VicVic Stottlemeyer Sr
LB 32 Tatum, JackJack Tatum So
CB 17 Trapuzzano, BobBob Trapuzzano Jr
DT 79 Urbanik, BillBill Urbanik Jr
CB 41 Wagner, TimTim Wagner So
DE 88 Whitfield, DaveDave Whitfield Jr
LB 56 Worden, DirkDirk 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 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
  • Game attendance: 73,855
  • Game weather: Clear; 65°F; wind 5–12 N

[2]

Oregon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 0 6 0 0 6
• Ohio St 7 0 7 7 21
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 70,191
  • Game weather: Sunny; 50°F; wind 9 NW

[3]

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 0 0 0 0 0
• Ohio St 0 0 13 0 13
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 84,834
  • Game weather: 70°F; no wind

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 7 7 7 0 21
• Ohio St 6 15 6 18 45
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 83,454
  • Game weather: 65°F; wind 5–15 W

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 3 21 0 7 31
Illinois 0 0 16 8 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 2 3 4 Total
Michigan St 0 7 13 0 20
• Ohio St 7 12 6 0 25
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 84,859
  • Game weather: 73°F; wind 5 SW

[7]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 10 0 20 13 43
Wisconsin 0 0 0 8 8
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium
  • Game attendance: 40,972
  • Game weather: Overcast; 34°F; wind 8 N

[8]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 6 6 14 7 33
Iowa 0 0 6 21 27
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Kinnick Stadium
  • Game attendance: 44,131
  • Game weather: Rain; 38°F; wind 12 E

[9][10]

Michigan[edit]

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

[11] [12]

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
  • 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