1978 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1978 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Gator Bowl, L 15–17 vs. Clemson
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1978 record7–4–1 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coachWoody Hayes (28th season)
MVPTom Cousineau
CaptainByron Cato
CaptainTom Cousineau
CaptainRon Springs
CaptainTim Vogler
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
No. 12 Michigan State + 7 1 0     8 3 0
No. 13 Purdue 6 1 1     9 2 1
Ohio State 6 2 0     7 4 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 4 2     5 4 2
Indiana 3 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     2 9 0
Illinois 0 6 2     1 8 2
Northwestern 0 8 1     0 10 1
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1978 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 7–4–1 record, including the 1978 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, where they lost, 17–15, to the Clemson Tigers. This would be Woody Hayes' last season as head coach of the team, as he was dismissed following an incident in the game in which he punched Clemson defender Charlie Bauman.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 161:30 p.m.No. 5 Penn State*No. 6ABCL 0–1988,203
September 232:30 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 16W 27–1055,200
September 301:30 p.m.Baylor*No. 13
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 34–2887,998
October 71:30 p.m.SMU*No. 14
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
T 35–3587,721
October 142:30 p.m.at PurdueNo. 16L 16–2769,465
October 211:30 p.m.Iowa
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 31–787,326
October 281:30 p.m.Northwestern
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 63–2087,296
November 42:00 p.m.at WisconsinW 49–1479,940
November 111:30 p.m.Illinois
W 45–787,819
November 181:30 p.m.at IndianaNo. 19W 21–1847,560
November 2512:30 p.m.No. 6 MichiganNo. 16
ABCL 3–1488,358
December 299:00 p.m.vs. No. 7 Clemson*No. 20ABCL 15–1772,011
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Roster[edit]

1978 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 47 Doug Donley So
G 56 Ken Fritz Jr
WR Rod Gerald Sr
QB 10 Art Schlichter Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 25 Todd Bell So
LB 36 Tom Cousineau Sr
CB 27 Ray Ellis So
LB 65 Keith Ferguson So
LB 5 Jim Laughlin Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 13 Vlade Janakievski Jr
P 19 Tom Orosz So
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]

Game summaries[edit]

Penn State[edit]

1 234Total
• Penn St 3 079 19
Ohio St 0 000 0
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:48
  • Game attendance: 88,202
  • Game weather: Cloudy; 80°F; wind 10 SW
  • Television network: ABC

Art Schlichter started the game at quarterback while Rod Gerald, the starter for the two previous seasons, opened the game at split end.[2]

Minnesota[edit]

1 234Total
• Ohio St 7 1406 27
Minnesota 0 307 10

[3]

Baylor[edit]

SMU[edit]

Purdue[edit]


Iowa[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 234Total
Ohio State 7 141414 49
Wisconsin 0 707 14

[4]

Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
Illinois 0 700 7
• Ohio St 7 71021 45

[5]

Indiana[edit]

Michigan[edit]

Gator Bowl[edit]

1979 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Tom Cousineau 1 1 Linebacker Buffalo Bills
Ron Springs 5 136 Running Back Dallas Cowboys
Jimmy Moore 6 150 Guard Baltimore Colts
Joe Robinson 9 229 Tackle Kansas City Chiefs

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1979 Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Jun-21.
  3. ^ "Buckeyes win by run." Eugene Register-Guard. 1978 Sept 24.
  4. ^ "Buckeyes' Defense Overcomes Badgers." Palm Beach Post. 1978 Nov 5.
  5. ^ Palm Beach Post November 12, 1978