1974 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1974 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–18 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 4
1974 record10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachWoody Hayes (24th season)
MVPArchie Griffin
CaptainNeal Colzie
Pete Cusick
Archie Griffin
Arnold Jones
Steve Myers
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,080)
Seasons
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Ohio State + 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 3 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 1 0
No. 12 Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Wisconsin 5 3 0     7 4 0
Illinois 4 3 1     6 4 1
Purdue 3 5 0     4 6 1
Minnesota 2 6 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     3 8 0
Indiana 1 7 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1974 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was an American football team that represented the Ohio State University in the 1974 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 10–2 record, including the 1975 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they lost, 18–17, to the USC Trojans.

1974 was the first season in which Ohio State played an 11-game regular season schedule. The NCAA allowed teams to schedule 11 regular season games beginning in 1970, but the Buckeyes played only nine regular season games in 1970, their last nine-game regular season. Ohio State played 10 regular season games in 1971, '72 and '73.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 142:30 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 4W 34–1945,511
September 211:30 p.m.Oregon State*No. 2W 51–1086,383
September 281:30 p.m.SMU*No. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 28–987,487
October 54:30 p.m.at Washington State*No. 1W 42–750,000
October 121:30 p.m.WisconsinNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 52–787,717
October 191:30 p.m.IndianaNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 49–987,071
October 262:30 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 1W 55–742,337
November 21:30 p.m.IllinoisdaggerNo. 1
W 49–787,813
November 912:30 p.m.at Michigan StateNo. 1ABCL 13–1678,533
November 162:30 p.m.at IowaNo. 4W 35–1048,700
November 231:00 p.m.No. 2 MichiganNo. 3
ABCW 12–1088,243
January 1, 19755:00 p.m.vs. No. 5 USC*No. 3NBCL 17–18106,721
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Roster[edit]

1974 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 48 Brian Baschnagel Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 46 Steve Luke Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Depth chart[edit]

[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Woody Hayes – head coach (24th year)
  • George Chaump – offensive coordinator (7th year)
  • George Hill – defensive coordinator (4th year)
  • Joe Bugel – offensive guards (1st year)
  • Charles Clausen – defensive line (4th year)
  • Mickey Jackson – (1st year)
  • John Mummey – quarterbacks (6th year)
  • Ralph Staub – tackles, tight ends (5th year)
  • Dick Walker – defensive backs (6th year)
  • Blair Conway – place kicker, punter (1st year)
  • Jeff Kaplan - director of counseling, 'brain coach' (2nd year)

Season summary[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Ohio State at Minnesota
1 234Total
Ohio St 7 1476 34
Minnesota 3 0016 19

[2]

Oregon State[edit]

SMU[edit]

Washington State[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

Ohio State fans still insist that Brian Baschnagel scored from one yard out on the final play at Michigan State on November 9. The game officials ruled otherwise, and the Buckeyes suffered a 16-13 loss that cost them the no.1 ranking. Ohio State entered the game at 8-0 and the Spartans were 4-3-1. The frantic, final play occurred after Champ Henson was stopped within inches of the goal line with 13 seconds remaining. Ohio State was out of timeouts, and Michigan State's players were slow getting off the pile. The Buckeyes scrambled and snapped the ball, but it went through QB Cornelius Greene's legs. Baschnagel picked it up and ran into the end zone. Head linesman Ed Scheck signaled touchdown, but field judge Robert Dagenhardt ruled that time had run out before the play began. Fans of each school climbed atop the goalposts, uncertain which team had won. 46 minutes later, with about 40,000 of the 78,533 fans still in the stadium, the public address announcer told the half-empty stadium that Big Ten commissioner Wayne Duke had decided the officials were correct in ruling that time has expired. Referee Gene Calhoun also said the Buckeyes would have been penalized if time had not run out because they didn't come to a one-second set before the snap of the ball.

Iowa[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Rose Bowl[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Archie Griffin, Heisman Trophy[3]

1975 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Kurt Schumacher 1 12 Guard New Orleans Saints
Doug France 1 20 Tackle Los Angeles Rams
Neal Colzie 1 24 Defensive back Oakland Raiders
Peter Cusick 3 66 Nose tackle New England Patriots
Steve Luke 4 88 Defensive back Green Bay Packers
Champ Henson 4 89 Running back Minnesota Vikings
Bruce Elia 4 100 Linebacker Miami Dolphins
Jim Cope 5 119 Linebacker Cleveland Browns
Dave Hazel 11 261 Wide receiver Baltimore Colts
Steve Myers 11 275 Guard Detroit Lions
Doug Plank 12 291 Defensive back Chicago Bears
Larry O'Rourke 14 354 Defensive tackle Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Bartoszek 17 430 Tight end New York Jets

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1975 Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1974 September 15. Retrieved 2012-12-4.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data