1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Florida Citrus Bowl champion
Florida Citrus Bowl, W 10–7 vs. BYU
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 11
AP No. 14
1985 record 9–3 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce (7th year)
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 Big Ten Conference 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 p.m. Pittsburgh* No. 9 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH WTBS W 10–7   88,518
September 21 3:30 p.m. at Colorado* No. 7 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO W 36–13   47,022
September 28 1:30 p.m. Washington State* No. 5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 48–32   89,954
October 5 2:00 p.m. at Illinois No. 5 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL (Illibuck Trophy) L 28–31   76,343
October 12 1:30 p.m. Indiana No. 15 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 48–7   89,846
October 19 12:00 p.m. Purdue No. 11 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH CBS W 41–27   89,888
October 26 3:30 p.m. at No. 20 Minnesota No. 9 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN CBS W 23–19   64,455
November 2 2:30 p.m. No. 1 Iowa No. 8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH CBS W 22–13   90,467
November 9 12:30 p.m. at Northwestern No. 4 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL WTBS W 35–17   26,477
November 16 1:30 p.m. Wisconsin No. 3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 7–12   89,873
November 23 1:30 p.m.[1] at No. 6 Michigan No. 12 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) CBS L 17–27   106,102
December 28 1:00 p.m. vs. No. 9 BYU* No. 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 summaries[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]

Q[2]

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]

Win/Loss statistics
Draft data