1977 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1977 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Sugar Bowl, L 6–35 vs. Alabama
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
AP No. 11
1977 record 9–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes (27th year)
Defensive coordinator George Hill
MVP Dave Adkins
Captain Aaron Brown
Captain Ray Griffin
Captain Jeff Logan
Captain Chris Ward
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
#11 Ohio State + 7 1 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Indiana 4 3 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 6 0     5 6 0
Illinois 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1977 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1978 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they lost 35–6 to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 1:30 p.m. Miami (FL)* No. 5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 10–0   86,287
September 17 1:30 p.m. Minnesota No. 6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 38–7   87,799
September 24 1:30 p.m. No. 3 Oklahoma* No. 4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC L 28–29   88,119
October 1 8:30 p.m. at SMU* No. 6 Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 35–7   51,970
October 8 1:30 p.m. Purdue No. 4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 46–0   87,707
October 15 2:30 p.m. at Iowa No. 5 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 27–6   60,070
October 22 2:30 p.m. at Northwestern No. 4 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 35–15   29,563
October 29 1:30 p.m. Wisconsin No. 3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 42–0   87,837
November 5 2:00 p.m. at Illinois No. 4 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) W 35–0   66,973
November 12 1:30 p.m. Indiana No. 4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 35–7   87,786
November 19 12:30 p.m. at No. 5 Michigan No. 4 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC L 6–14   106,024
January 2, 1978 2:00 p.m. vs. No. 3 Alabama* No. 9 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 6–35   76,811
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth chart[edit]

[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Woody Hayes - Head Coach (27th year)
  • George Chaump - Offense (10th year)
  • George Hill (American football coach) - Defensive Coordinator (7th year)
  • Dave Adolph - Defense (1st year)
  • Alex Gibbs - Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line (3rd year)
  • Mickey Jackson - (4th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (1st year)
  • Gary Tranquill - Defensive Backs (1st year)

Game summaries[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Miami (FL) 0 0 0 0 0
• Ohio St 0 10 0 0 10
  • Date: September 10
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 86,287
  • Game weather: 78°F; wind 10–15 WNW

[2]

Minnesota[edit]

Oklahoma[edit]

European Soccer style kicker drilled a 50+ yard field goal to give the Sooners the win as time expired

SMU[edit]


Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Purdue 0 0 0 0 0
Ohio St 29 10 7 0 46
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio
  • Game weather: 87,707

[3]

Iowa[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio St 0 7 21 7 35
Illinois 0 0 0 0 0

[4]


Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana 7 0 0 0 7
• Ohio St 7 0 21 7 35

[5]

Michigan[edit]

Sugar Bowl[edit]

1978 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Chris Ward 1 4 Tackle New York Jets
Ray Griffin 2 35 Defensive Back Cincinnati Bengals
Herman Jones 7 185 Wide Receiver Chicago Bears
Jeff Logan 7 191 Running Back Baltimore Colts
David Adkins 8 209 Linebacker Atlanta Falcons
Aaron C. Brown 10 252 Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1978 Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Sep-11.
  3. ^ "Payton TDs Lead Ohio State Rout." Palm Beach Post. 1977 Oct 9.
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Nov 6.
  5. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Nov 13.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data