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
Conference Big Ten Conference
1978 record 7–4–1 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes (28th year)
MVP Tom Cousineau
Captain Byron Cato
Captain Tom Cousineau
Captain Ron Springs
Captain Tim Vogler
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12 Michigan State + 7 1 0     8 3 0
#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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16 1:30 p.m. No. 5 Penn State* No. 6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Rivalry) ABC L 0–19   88,203
September 23 2:30 p.m. at Minnesota No. 16 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 27–10   55,200
September 30 1:30 p.m. Baylor* No. 13 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 34–28   87,998
October 7 1:30 p.m. SMU* No. 14 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH T 35–35   87,721
October 14 2:30 p.m. at Purdue No. 16 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 16–27   69,465
October 21 1:30 p.m. Iowa Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 31–7   87,326
October 28 1:30 p.m. Northwestern Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 63–20   87,296
November 4 2:00 p.m. at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 49–14   79,940
November 11 1:30 p.m. Illinois Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illibuck Trophy) W 45–7   87,819
November 18 1:30 p.m. at Indiana No. 19 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 21–18   47,560
November 25 12:30 p.m. No. 6 Michigan No. 16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game) ABC L 3–14   88,358
December 29 9:00 p.m. vs. No. 7 Clemson* No. 20 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ABC L 15–17   72,011
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth chart[edit]

[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Woody Hayes - Head Coach (28th year)
  • George Chaump - Offense (10th year)
  • George Hill - Defensive Coordinator (7th year)
  • Glen Mason - Outside Linebackers and Offensive Line Coach (1st year)
  • Dave Adolph - Defense (2nd year)
  • Alex Gibbs - Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line (4th year)
  • Mickey Jackson - (5th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (2nd year)
  • Gary Tranquill - Defensive Backs (2nd year)

Game notes[edit]

Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Penn St 3 0 7 9 19
Ohio St 0 0 0 0 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 2 3 4 Total
• Ohio St 7 14 0 6 27
Minnesota 0 3 0 7 10

[3]

Baylor[edit]

SMU[edit]

Purdue[edit]


Iowa[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 7 14 14 14 49
Wisconsin 0 7 0 7 14

[4]

Illinois[edit]

See also: Illibuck
1 2 3 4 Total
Illinois 0 7 0 0 7
• Ohio St 7 7 10 21 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