1984 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1984 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–20 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
AP No. 13
1984 record 9–3 (7–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce (6th season)
MVP Keith Byars
Captain Pepper Johnson
Captain Mark Krerowicz
Captain Kirk Lowermilk
Captain Mike Tomczak
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,290)
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 13 Ohio State $ 7 2 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Purdue 6 3 0     7 5 0
No. 16 Iowa 5 3 1     8 4 1
Wisconsin 5 3 1     7 4 1
Michigan 5 4 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 5 4 0     6 6 0
Minnesota 3 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Indiana 0 9 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1984 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1985 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they lost, 20–17, to the USC Trojans.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 12:00 p.m. Oregon State* No. 6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH SV W 22–14   88,072
September 15 3:30 p.m. Washington State* No. 9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH SV W 44–0   89,297
September 22 1:30 p.m. No. 14 Iowa No. 5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH SV W 45–26   89,733
September 29 8:00 p.m. at Minnesota No. 3 The MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 35–22   47,543
October 6 2:30 p.m. at Purdue No. 2 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 23–28   66,261
October 13 3:30 p.m. Illinois No. 8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (Illibuck Trophy) CBS/WOSU W 45–38   89,937
October 20 1:00 p.m. at Michigan State No. 8 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 23–20   75,123
October 27 12:00 p.m. at Wisconsin No. 6 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI CBS L 14–16   78,606
November 3 1:30 p.m. Indiana No. 16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 50-7   89,366
November 10 2:30 p.m. at Northwestern No. 13 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 52–3   31,087
November 17 12:00 p.m. Michigan No. 11 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game) CBS W 21–6   90,286
January 1, 1985 5:00 p.m. vs. No. 18 USC* No. 6 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) NBC L 17–20   102,594
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth chart[edit]

[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach - 6th year
  • Gary Blackney - Defensive Backs (1st year)
  • Bill Conley - Offense (1st year)
  • Steve Devine - Offensive Line (2nd year)
  • Randy Hart - Defensive Line (3rd year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Coordinator (7th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (8th year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Linebackers (3rd year)
  • Jim Tressel - Quarterbacks (2nd year)
  • Bob Tucker - Defensive Coordinator (6th year)

Game summaries[edit]

Oregon State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon St 7 7 0 0 14
Ohio State 0 3 12 7 22
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game attendance: 88,297

Washington State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
WSU 0 0 0 0 0
Ohio State 3 20 0 21 44
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game attendance: 88,297

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 3 17 6 0 26
Ohio State 10 21 7 7 45
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game attendance: 89,733

Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 7 14 7 7 35
Minnesota 0 7 7 7 21
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
  • Game attendance: 47,543

Purdue[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 7 3 7 6 23
Purdue 7 0 7 14 28
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: West Lafayette, IN
  • Game attendance: 66,261

Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Illinois 17 7 11 3 38
• Ohio St 0 21 14 10 45
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 89,937
  • Game weather: Mostly sunny; 61°F; wind 5–6 SE
  • Referee: Otho Kortz

[2]

Michigan State[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 3 3 0 6
• Ohio St 7 0 14 0 21
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 90,286
  • Game weather: Mostly sunny; 38°F; wind 3 W
  • Referee: Otho Kortz

[3]

[4]

Rose Bowl[edit]

Rose Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio St 3 3 3 8 17
• USC 10 7 3 0 20
  • Date: January 1
  • Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:10
  • Game attendance: 102,594
  • Game weather: Sunny; 75°F; wind 10 S
  • Referee: James Sprenger
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen
  • Rich Spangler's 52 yard field goal (Rose Bowl record)
  • Cris Carter 9 Rec, 172 Yds

[5] [6]

1985 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Jim Lachey 1 12 Tackle San Diego Chargers
Kirk Lowdermilk 3 59 Center Minnesota Vikings
Mark Krerowicz 6 147 Guard Cleveland Browns

References[edit]

Win/Loss statistics
Draft data