1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
NFF national champion
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–27 vs. Stanford
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 5
1970 record 9–1 (7–0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes (20th season)
Offensive scheme Heavy Run
MVP Jim Stillwagon
Captain Doug Adams, Rex Kern, Jim Stillwagon, Jan White
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 81,455)
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
No. 9 Michigan 6 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 6 1 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 1
Michigan State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 2 4 1     3 6 1
Purdue 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 1 6 0     3 7 0
Indiana 1 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–0 regular season record to attain a #2 ranking. Ohio State won the Big Ten Conference title and a berth in the 1971 Rose Bowl in Pasadena against the Stanford Indians, ranked #12 and champions of the Pac-8. The Buckeyes would go on to lose 27-17 in their bowl game giving them a 9-1 record.

This was the last year Ohio State played a nine-game regular season schedule. Many major colleges added an 11th game in 1970, although no Big Ten school did so until the following season.

The Buckeyes were recognized as the 1970 national champion by the National Football Foundation (NFF) giving them their sixth claimed title. The NFF awarded the title before bowl games at the time. This was the fifth and last title that legendary head coach Woody Hayes would win for the Buckeyes. The Ohio State Buckeyes would not win another national championship until 2002. Most consider the 11-0-1 Nebraska Cornhuskers to be the 1970 National Champions as they won the AP vote after the bowl games.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 26 1:30 p.m. Texas A&M* No. 1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 56–13   85,657
October 3 1:30 p.m. Duke* No. 1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 34–10   86,123
October 10 1:30 p.m. at Michigan State No. 1 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 29–0   75,511
October 17 1:30 p.m. Minnesota No. 1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 28–8   86,667
October 24 2:30 p.m. at Illinois No. 1 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) W 48–29   46,208
October 31 1:30 p.m. No. 20 Northwestern No. 2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 24–10   86,673
November 7 2:00 p.m. at Wisconsin No. 3 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 24–7   72,578
November 14 1:00 p.m. at Purdue No. 3 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 10–7   68,157
November 21 1:00 p.m. No. 4 Michigan No. 5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game) ABC W 20–9   87,331
January 1, 1971 5:00 p.m. vs. No. 12 Stanford* No. 2 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 17–27   103,839
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth chart[edit]

[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Woody Hayes - Head Coach (20th year)
  • Earle Bruce - Offense (5th year)
  • George Chaump - Offense (3rd year)
  • Rudy Hubbard - Running Backs (3rd year)
  • David McClain - (2nd year)
  • Lou McCullough - Defensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • John Mummey - Quarterbacks (2nd year)
  • Ralph Staub - (1st year)
  • Dick Walker - Defensive Backs (2nd year)

Game summaries[edit]

Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Texas A&M 0 7 0 6 13
• Ohio St 21 7 21 7 56
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:36
  • Game attendance: 85,657
  • Game weather: 79°F; wind 14–20 S–SW

[2]

Top-ranked Ohio State rolled up 513 yards of offense and scored touchdowns off five Texas A&M turnovers in a 56-13 rout. Fullback John Brockington scored twice and six other players accounted for touchdowns. The Buckeyes' defense forced three fumbles and an interception which led to four scores in an eight-minute span in the third quarter even though head coach Woody Hayes pulled the starters a little after halftime.[3]

Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Duke 3 0 0 7 10
• Ohio St 0 6 21 7 34
  • Date: October 3
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:27
  • Game attendance: 86,123
  • Game weather: Sunny; 63°F; wind 18–30 W–NW

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[5]

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 9 0 7 13 29
Michigan St 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 10
  • Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:33
  • Game attendance: 75,511
  • Game weather: Partly sunny; 50°F; wind 15 SSW
  • Referee: Howard Wirtz

[6]

[7]

Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 0 0 0 8 8
• Ohio St 21 7 0 0 28
  • Date: October 17
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:30
  • Game attendance: 86,667
  • Game weather: Sunny; 52°F; wind 12 W

[8]

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 7 7 13 21 48
Illinois 7 13 3 6 29
  • Date: October 24
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:39
  • Game attendance: 46,208
  • Game weather: 60°F; wind 4–10 SE
  • Referee: Dwight Wilkey

[9]

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 7 3 0 0 10
• Ohio St 0 3 14 7 24
  • Date: October 31
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:31
  • Game attendance: 86,673
  • Game weather: Sunny; 60°F; wind 10 SW

[10]

[11]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 3 7 14 0 24
Wisconsin 0 7 0 0 7
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:33
  • Game attendance: 72,758
  • Game weather: Sunny; 45°F; wind 5–10 W
  • Referee: Dwight Wilkey

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[13]

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 7 0 0 3 10
Purdue 7 0 0 0 7
  • Date: November 14
  • Location: Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:50
  • Game attendance: 68,157
  • Game weather: Overcast; 37°F; wind 16 ENE

[14]

Woody Hayes received a congratulatory phone call from President Richard Nixon after the game and then asked to speak to Fred Schram, who made the game-winning field goal. Fullback John Brockington carried the ball 24 times for 138 yards and Leo Hayden added 64 yards on 16 carries.[15]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 3 6 0 9
• Ohio St 3 7 0 10 20

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[17]

Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 7 7 3 0 17
• Stanford 10 0 3 14 27

[18]

New Year's Day[edit]

In the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, top-ranked and defending national champion Texas was upset 24-11 by #6 Notre Dame, ending the Longhorns' 30-game winning streak.

Heavily-favored Ohio State could claim their second outright national title in three years that afternoon with a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford in Pasadena. Stanford (8-3) was led by quarterback Jim Plunkett, the 1970 Heisman Trophy winner. The Indians had climbed to a 6-0 conference record and 8-1 overall, but lost their final two regular season games, to Sugar Bowl-bound Air Force and arch-rival California. Stanford lost earlier in the season at home to Purdue, a team OSU defeated on the road.

The Buckeyes led Stanford by four points after three quarters, but were outscored 14-0 in the fourth quarter and lost 27-17. Later that night, #3 Nebraska won the Orange Bowl 17-12 over #5 LSU in Miami to claim the top spot in the AP writers poll.

1971 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
John Brockington 1 9 Running Back Green Bay Packers
Jack Tatum 1 19 Defensive Back Oakland Raiders
William Anderson 1 23 Defensive Back San Francisco 49ers
Leo Hayden 1 24 Running Back Minnesota Vikings
Jan White 2 29 Tight End Buffalo Bills
Jim Stillwagon 5 124 Linebacker Green Bay Packers
Doug Adams 7 165 Linebacker Denver Broncos
Mike Sensibaugh 8 191 Defensive Back Kansas City Chiefs
Larry Zelina 8 196 Running Back Cleveland Browns
Bruce Jankowski 10 250 Wide Receiver Kansas City Chiefs
Rex Kern 10 260 Defensive Back Baltimore Colts
Ron Maciejowski 15 376 Quarterback Chicago Bears
Mark Debevc 16 405 Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1971 Ohio State Media Guide"
  2. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-07.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1970 September 26.
  4. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-09.
  5. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1970 October 4.
  6. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-09.
  7. ^ "Ohio State Drubs Spartans." Palm Beach Post. 1970 Oct 11.
  8. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-09.
  9. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-15.
  10. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-15.
  11. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1970 Nov 1.
  12. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-16.
  13. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1970 Nov 8.
  14. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-16.
  15. ^ "Notre Dame, Ohio State Survive 10-7 Heartstoppers." Palm Beach Post. 1970 Nov 15.
  16. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-16.
  17. ^ "Revenge and Roses: Buckeyes win, 20-9." Palm Beach Post. 1970 Nov 22.
  18. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/osu/graphics/pdf/m-footbl/1970/1971-10-Stanford.pdf
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