1981 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1981 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 31–28 vs. Navy
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
AP No. 15
1981 record 9–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce (3rd year)
MVP Art Schlichter
Captain Glen Cobb
Captain Art Schlichter
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15 Ohio State + 6 2 0     9 3 0
#18 Iowa + 6 2 0     8 4 0
#12 Michigan 6 3 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Wisconsin 6 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 5 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 4 5 0     5 6 0
Purdue 3 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 3 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 0 9 0     0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1981 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1981 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, where they won, 31–28, against the Navy Midshipmen.

Several Ohio State players ranked among the Big Ten leaders, including the following:

  • Placekicker Bob Atha led the conference with 88 points scored and 44 extra points made and ranked second with 13 field goals made and a 68.4% field goal percentage.[1]
  • Garcia Lane led the conference with 205 punt return yards and ranked second with an average of 8.9 yards per punt return.[1]
  • Running back Tim Spencer led the conference with 12 rushing touchdowns and ranked second with 1,217 rushing yards and 1,427 yards from scrimmage.[1]
  • Quarterback Art Schlichter ranked third in the conference with 2,551 passing yards and 2,509 total yards and fifth with a 52.3 pass completion percentage.[1]
  • Gary Williams ranked third in the conference with 50 receptions and fourth with 941 receiving yards.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 1:30 p.m. Duke* No. 11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 34–13   86,266
September 19 1:30 p.m. Michigan State No. 8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 27–13   87,084
September 26 4:30 p.m. at Stanford* No. 8 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 24–19   76,102
October 3 1:30 p.m. Florida State* No. 7 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 27–36   87,158
October 10 2:30 p.m. at Wisconsin No. 18 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 21–24   78,973
October 17 1:30 p.m. Illinois Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illibuck Trophy) W 34–27   87,158
October 24 1:30 p.m. Indiana Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 29-10   87,182
October 31 12:30 p.m. at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC W 45–33   69,927
November 7 2:00 p.m. at Minnesota No. 18 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 31–35   42,793
November 14 1:30 p.m. Northwestern Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 70–6   86,912
November 21 12:30 p.m. at No. 7 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC W 14–9   106,043
December 30 8:00 p.m. vs. Navy* No. 15 Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) USA W 31–28   43,216
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth chart[edit]

[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach (3rd year)
  • Dennis Fryzel - Defensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Coordinator (4th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (5th year)
  • Nick Saban - Defensive Backs (2nd year)
  • Wayne Stanley - Running Backs (3rd year)
  • Steve Szabo - Defensive Line (3rd year)
  • Bob Tucker - Defensive Outside Linebackers (3rd year)
  • Fred Zechman - Quarterbacks/Receivers (3rd year)

Game summaries[edit]

Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 17 7 0 24
Stanford 3 3 0 13 19
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Stanford Stadium • Palo Alto, CA
  • Television network: ESPN

Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida St 10 13 13 0 36
Ohio State 7 14 0 6 27
  • Date: October 3
  • Location: Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH
  • Television network: USA

[3]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 7 0 7 14
Michigan 3 0 6 0 9
  • Date: November 21
  • Location: Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 106,043
  • TV announcers (ABC): Al Michaels

Liberty Bowl[edit]

1981 Liberty Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 10 7 7 7 31
Navy 7 6 7 8 28
  • Date: December 30
  • Location: Liberty Bowl • Memphis, TN

[4]

1982 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Art Schlichter 1 4 Quarterback Baltimore Colts
Anthony Griggs 4 105 Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
Bob Atha 12 317 Kicker St. Louis Cardinals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ 1982 Ohio State Football Media Guide
  3. ^ http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/fsu-m-footbl-fsuosuhist.html
  4. ^ http://admin.xosn.com/fls/17300//pdf/fb/m-footbl-bowls.pdf
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data