1976 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1976 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 27–10 vs. Colorado
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 5
AP No. 6
1976 record 9–2–1 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes (26th season)
MVP Bob Brudzinski
Captain Bill Lukens
Captain Tom Skladany
Captain Ed Thompson
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 6 Ohio State + 7 1 0     9 2 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Indiana 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 3 5 0     4 6 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1976 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–2–1 record, including the 1977 Orange Bowl in Miami, where they won, 27–10, against the Colorado

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 11 1:30 p.m. Michigan State No. 4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 49–21   86,509
September 18 3:30 p.m. at No. 7 Penn State* No. 2 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 12–7   62,503
September 25 1:30 p.m. Missouri* No. 2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 21–22   87,936
October 2 1:30 p.m. No. 4 UCLA* No. 8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC T 10–10   87,969
October 9 2:30 p.m. at Iowa No. 10 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 34–14   59,170
October 16 2:30 p.m. at Wisconsin No. 9 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 30–20   79,579
October 23 1:30 p.m. Purdue No. 9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 24–3   87,898
October 30 2:30 p.m. at Indiana No. 8 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 47–7   39,663
November 6 1:30 p.m. Illinois No. 8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illibuck Trophy) W 42–10   87,564
November 13 2:00 p.m. at Minnesota No. 8 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 9–3   53,190
November 20 12:30 p.m. No. 4 Michigan No. 8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game) ABC L 0–22   88,250
January 1, 1977 7:30 p.m. vs. No. 12 Colorado* No. 11 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 27–10   65,537
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth chart[edit]

[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Woody Hayes - Head Coach (26th year)
  • George Chaump - Offense (9th year)
  • George Hill (American football coach) - Defensive Coordinator (6th year)
  • Alex Gibbs - Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line (2nd year)
  • Mickey Jackson - (3rd year)
  • John Mummey - Quarterbacks (8th year)
  • Ralph Staub - (7th year)
  • Dick Walker - Defensive Backs (8th year)

Game summaries[edit]

UCLA[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UCLA 0 0 3 7 10
Ohio St 0 7 0 3 10

[2]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 21 3 10 0 34
Iowa 0 0 0 14 14

[3]

Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio St 3 6 0 0 9
Minnesota 0 3 0 0 3

Ohio State clinches at least a share of Big Ten title for record fifth straight year.[4]

Orange Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 10 0 0 0 10
Ohio State 7 10 3 7 27

[5]

1977 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Bob Brudzinski 1 23 Linebacker Los Angeles Rams
Tom Skladany 2 46 Punter Cleveland Browns
Pete Johnson 2 49 Running Back Cincinnati Bengals
Ed Thompson 8 210 Linebacker New York Jets
Nick Buonamici 9 238 Defensive Tackle Chicago Bears

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1977 Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1976 Oct 3.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1976 Oct 10.
  4. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1976 Nov 14.
  5. ^ My Favorite Bowl Games. Retrieved 04-May-2012.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data