1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Florida Citrus Bowl Champions
Florida Citrus Bowl, W 10–7 vs. BYU
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #14
1985 record 9–3 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce
MVP Jim Karsatos
Captain Keith Byars
Captain Mike Lanese
Captain Pepper Johnson
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,339)
Seasons
« 1984 1986 »
1985 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Iowa $ 7 1 0     10 2 0
#2 Michigan 6 1 1     10 1 1
Illinois 5 2 1     6 5 1
#14 Ohio State 5 3 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 5 3 0     7 5 0
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     5 6 0
Indiana 1 7 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 7 0     3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1985 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1985 Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, where they won, 10–7, against the BYU Cougars.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 14 8:00 PM Pittsburgh* #9 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH WTBS W 10–7   88,518
September 21 3:30 PM at Colorado* #7 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO W 36–13   47,022
September 28 1:30 PM Washington State* #5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 48–32   89,954
October 5 2:00 PM at Illinois #5 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) L 28–31   76,343
October 12 1:30 PM Indiana #15 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 48–7   89,846
October 19 12:00 PM Purdue #11 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH CBS W 41–27   89,888
October 26 3:30 PM at #20 Minnesota #9 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN CBS W 23–19   64,455
November 2 2:30 PM #1 Iowa #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH CBS W 22–13   90,467
November 9 12:30 PM at Northwestern #4 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL WTBS W 35-17   26,477
November 16 1:30 PM Wisconsin #3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 7–12   89,873
November 23 2:30 PM at #6 Michigan #12 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) CBS L 17–27   106,102
December 28 1:00 PM vs. #9 BYU* #17 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL (Florida Citrus Bowl) NBC W 10–7   50,920
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach - 7th year
  • Gary Blackney - Defensive Coordinator (2nd year)
  • Bill Conley - Offense (2nd year)
  • Steve Devine - Offensive Line (3rd year)
  • Randy Hart - Defensive Line (4th year)
  • Chuck Heater - Defensive Backs (1st year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Coordinator (8th year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Linebackers (4th year)
  • Jim Tressel - Quarterbacks (3rd year)
  • Lenny Willis - (1st year)

Game notes[edit]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 7 0 6 13
Ohio State 5 10 0 7 22

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 10 0 7 17
Michigan 3 7 10 7 27
  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Television network: CBS


Depth chart[edit]

Defense


FS
Terry White


OLB ILB ILB SLB
Eric Kumerow Chris Spielman Pepper Johnson Byron Lee
John Sullivan Derek Isaman Mike Kee Scott Leach
ROV
Sonny Gordon
CB
William White
Ray Jackson


DE NT DE
Fred Ridder Larry Kolic (LB/NG) Darryl Lee
Ray Holliman Mike Sullivan Henry Brown
CB
Greg Rogan
Steve Hill
Offense
SE
Cris Carter
Doug Smith
LT LG C RG RT
Rory Graves Jeff Uhlenhake Bob Maggs Jim Gilmore Larry Kotterman
Greg Zackeroff Ron Paulsen
TE
Ed Taggart
John Hutchison
FL
Mike Lanese
Nate Harris
QB
Jim Karsatos
Tom Tupa
FB
George Cooper
Barry Walker
Special Teams
PK Rich Spangler
P Tom Tupa



RB
John Wooldridge
Keith Byars


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Awards and honors[edit]

1986 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Keith Byars 1 10 Running Back Philadelphia Eagles
Pepper Johnson 2 51 Linebacker New York Giants
Byron Lee 7 176 Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
Larry Kolic 7 193 Linebacker Miami Dolphins

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1986 Ohio State Football Media Guide
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data