1971 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1971 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1971 record 6–4 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes (21st year)
MVP Tom DeLeone
Captain Tom DeLeone
Captain Harry Howard
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 81,475)
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Michigan $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
Northwestern 6 3 0     7 4 0
Ohio State 5 3 0     6 4 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     6 5 0
Illinois 5 3 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 7 0
Purdue 3 5 0     3 7 0
Indiana 2 6 0     3 8 0
Iowa 1 8 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1971 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 6–4 record.

The Buckeyes entered the season knowing it could not go to a bowl game, due to the Big Ten's "no repeat" rule, prohibiting conference schools from appearing in the Rose Bowl in consecutive seasons, plus the rule banning schools from playing in any bowl other than the Rose Bowl. The no-repeat rule was rescinded December 9 and went into effect for 1972; the prohibition on playing in bowls other than the Rose was not repealed until 1975.

This was the first season Ohio Stadium had artificial turf. The playing surface was scheduled to be installed in time for the 1970 season, but had been delayed. The AstroTurf field remained in place through the 1989 season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11 1:30 p.m. Iowa No. 11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 52–21   75,596
September 25 1:30 p.m. No. 10 Colorado* No. 6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 14–20   85,586
October 2 1:30 p.m. California* No. 14 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 35–3   86,280
October 9 2:30 p.m. at Illinois No. 15 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) W 24–10   53,555
October 16 1:30 p.m. at Indiana No. 13 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 27–7   50,812
October 23 1:30 p.m. Wisconsin No. 12 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 31–6   86,559
October 30 2:30 p.m. at Minnesota No. 10 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 14–12   36,281
November 6 1:30 p.m. Michigan State No. 9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 10–17   86,616
November 13 1:30 p.m. Northwestern No. 16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 10–14   86,062
November 20 1:30 p.m. at No. 3 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) L 7–10   104,016
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Personnel[edit]

1971 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
SE 23 Battista, TomTom Battista Jr
OG 68 Baxter, CharlesCharles Baxter So
OT 78 Beecroft, CharlesCharles Beecroft Jr
OT 77 Belgrave, EarlEarl Belgrave Jr
FB 34 Bledsoe, JohnJohn Bledsoe Jr
OG 58 Bonica, CharlesCharles Bonica Jr
QB 15 Boyle, BillBill Boyle So
HB 25 Bradshaw, MorrisMorris Bradshaw So
HB 24 Campagna, TomTom Campagna Sr
OG 64 Conley, BillBill Conley Sr
OT 45 Cummings, JohnJohn Cummings Jr
HB 16 Davis, JeffJeff Davis So
C 52 DeLeone, TomTom DeLeone (C) Sr
TE 98 Doll, JohnJohn Doll Jr
FB 37 Eggers, PatPat Eggers So
HB 46 Gaffney, MichaelMichael Gaffney So
HB 33 Galbos, RichardRichard Galbos Jr
HB 22 Gales, RichardRichard Gales So
OG 66 Graf, LarryLarry Graf Jr
QB 18 Hare, GregGreg Hare So
SE 85 Harris, Jimmie LeeJimmie Lee Harris Sr
SE 82 Hazel, DavidDavid Hazel So
OT 75 Hicks, JohnJohn Hicks Jr
OG 57 Houser, TomTom Houser Sr
OG 61 Husband, JohnJohn Husband So
SE 84 Jones, ScottScott Jones So
FB 38 Keith, RandalRandal Keith So
OG 63 Kregel, JimJim Kregel So
QB 19 Lamka, DonDon Lamka Sr
HB 47 Lippert, ElmerElmer Lippert So
OT 74 Long, DavidDavid Long Sr
C 54 Meckstroth, JamesJames Meckstroth So
TE 32 Middleton, RichardRichard Middleton So
QB 12 Moore, RossRoss Moore Jr
OT 72 Mountz, GregGreg Mountz Sr
C 56 Nixon, TomTom Nixon Jr
TE 80 Pagac, FredFred Pagac So
OG 50 Pistick, TonyTony Pistick Jr
OT 76 Scott, DanDan Scott So
OT 73 Simon, RichardRichard Simon Sr
TE 96 Smurda, JohnJohn Smurda So
TE 89 Straka, MarkMark Straka So
TE 90 Teague, MervinMervin Teague Jr
OG 60 Vecanski, MilanMilan Vecanski Sr
SE 91 Wakefield, DickDick Wakefield Sr
DB 49 Wendorff, BillBill Wendorff So
OG 65 Wersel, TimTim Wersel Jr
OT 71 Willard, BobBob Willard So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 99 Baxa, TomTom Baxa Jr
DE 93 Brown, JeffJeff Brown Jr
CB 29 Cameron, LouisLouis Cameron So
DE 86 Cappell, RichardRichard Cappell Sr
CB 11 Cowman, RandallRandall Cowman Jr
DB 8 Cunnigham, DanDan Cunnigham Sr
DT 69 Cutillo, DanDan Cutillo So
LB 51 Dixon, KenKen Dixon Jr
LB 39 Ferko, RichardRichard Ferko Jr
MG 55 Fletcher, KevinKevin Fletcher Jr
LB 53 Gradishar, RandyRandy Gradishar So
DT 70 Hasenhorl, GeorgeGeorge Hasenhorl Jr
CB 28 Howard, HarryHarry Howard (C) Sr
DB 44 Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes Jr
DB 14 Kelly, RobertRobert Kelly So
DB 21 Kern, CarlCarl Kern So
CB 20 Kinsey, MarvinMarvin Kinsey Jr
LB 62 Koegel, VictorVictor Koegel So
S 17 Lucki, MartinMartin Lucki Jr
DE 87 Luttner, KenKen Luttner Sr
DE 81 Marendt, TomTom Marendt So
MG 36 Mason, GlenGlen Mason Sr
CB 30 Mathis, LouisLouis Mathis So
DE 95 Patton, RandallRandall Patton So
LB 59 Pisanelli, FredFred Pisanelli Jr
MG 35 Rich, RoccoRocco Rich So
LB 27 Rossetti, JohnJohn Rossetti So
DT 71 Sapanaro, RobertRobert Sapanaro Sr
DE 83 Scannell, MikeMike Scannell Jr
DT 97 Sciulli, JoeJoe Sciulli Sr
S 41 Seifert, RichardRichard Seifert Jr
DB 26 Sharpp, WarrenWarren Sharpp So
DB 5 Sivinski, DanielDaniel Sivinski Jr
DE 94 Strong, TerryTerry Strong Jr
DT 67 Szabo, TomTom Szabo So
DB 6 Thompson, MontyMonty Thompson So
S 3 Whatley, RandyRandy Whatley So
LB 88 White, StanStan White Sr
DT 78 Williams, ShadShad Williams Jr
DB 7 Zeune, RogerRoger Zeune Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 2 Johnston, PaulPaul Johnston Sr
P 92 Lago, GaryGary Lago Jr
PK 4 Rice, ElliottElliott Rice Jr
PK 1 Schram, FredFred Schram Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: 2016-Oct-18

Game summaries[edit]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 7 7 7 21
Ohio St 17 7 14 14 52
  • Date: September 11
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 1:32p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:36
  • Game attendance: 75,596
  • Game weather: Rain, 67°F

Don Lamka, who spent the last two seasons as a reserve defensive back, made his debut at quarterback with 211 total yards and four touchdowns. [1] [2]

Colorado[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Colorado 6 7 0 7 20
Ohio State 0 0 0 14 14
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game start: 1:31p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:29
  • Game attendance: 85,586
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 64°F

[3]

California[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
California 0 3 0 0 3
• Ohio St 14 0 0 21 35
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 1:32p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:28
  • Game attendance: 86,280
  • Game weather: Clear, 85°F

[4] [5]

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 14 0 10 0 24
Illinois 0 3 0 7 10
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
  • Game start: 1:32p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 2:32
  • Game attendance: 53,555
  • Game weather: Mostly cloudy, NE wind 10 mph, 53°F

[6] [7]

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio State 7 3 3 14 27
Indiana 0 0 7 0 7

[8] [9]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 0 0 0 6 6
• Ohio St 0 17 0 14 31
  • Date: October 23
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 2:00p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:40
  • Game attendance: 86,559
  • Game weather: Rainy, 62°F

[10] [11]

Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 0 0 7 7 14
Minnesota 0 6 0 6 12

[12] [13]

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Michigan State 0 10 0 7 17
Ohio State 0 10 0 0 10
  • Date: November 6
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game start: 1:29p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:20
  • Game attendance: 86,616
  • Game weather: Rain/Snow, 35°F

[14]

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Northwestern 7 0 0 7 14
Ohio State 7 3 0 0 10
  • Date: November 13
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game start: 1:32p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:18
  • Game attendance: 86,062
  • Game weather: Clear, 60°F

[15]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 0 7 0 7
• Michigan 0 3 0 7 10
  • Date: November 20
  • Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 1:30p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:22
  • Game attendance: 104,016
  • Game weather: Overcast to Sunny, winds gusty 17 mph, 32°F

[16]

1972 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Tom DeLeone 5 106 Center Cincinnati Bengals
Harry Howard 9 225 Defensive Back Los Angeles Rams
Jimmy Harris 12 312 Wide Receiver Dallas Cowboys
Tom Campana 13 316 Defensive Back St. Louis Cardinals
Dick Wakefield 16 409 Wide Receiver Cleveland Browns
Stan White 17 438 Linebacker Baltimore Colts

References[edit]

Win/Loss statistics
Draft data