1970 Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team
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1970 Ohio State Buckeyes Football Team
1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
NFF national champion
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl, L 17-27 vs. Stanford
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 5
1970 record9-1 (7-0 Big Ten)
Head coachWoody Hayes (20th season)
Offensive schemeHeavy Run
MVPJim Stillwagon
CaptainDoug Adams, Rex Kern, Jim Stillwagon, Jan White
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 81,455)
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
No. 9 Michigan 6 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 6 1 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 1
Michigan State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 2 4 1     3 6 1
Purdue 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 1 6 0     3 7 0
Indiana 1 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–0 regular season record to attain a #2 ranking. Ohio State won the Big Ten Conference title and a berth in the 1971 Rose Bowl in Pasadena against the Stanford Indians, ranked #12 and champions of the Pac-8. The Buckeyes would go on to lose 27-17 in their bowl game giving them a 9-1 record.

This was the last year Ohio State played a nine-game regular season schedule. Many major colleges added an 11th game in 1970, although no Big Ten school did so until the following season.

The Buckeyes were recognized as the 1970 national champion by the National Football Foundation (NFF) giving them their sixth claimed title. The NFF awarded the title before bowl games at the time. This was the fifth and last title that legendary head coach Woody Hayes would win for the Buckeyes. The Ohio State Buckeyes would not win another national championship until 2002. Most consider the 11-0-1 Nebraska Cornhuskers to be the 1970 National Champions as they finished #1 in the AP vote after the bowl games.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 261:30 p.m.Texas A&M*No. 1W 56-1385,657
October 31:30 p.m.Duke*No. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 34-1086,123
October 101:30 p.m.at Michigan StateNo. 1W 29-075,511
October 171:30 p.m.MinnesotaNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 28-886,667
October 242:30 p.m.at IllinoisNo. 1W 48-2946,208
October 311:30 p.m.No. 20 NorthwesternNo. 2
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 24-1086,673
November 72:00 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 3W 24-772,578
November 141:00 p.m.at PurdueNo. 3ABCW 10-768,157
November 211:00 p.m.No. 4 MichiganNo. 5
ABCW 20-987,331
January 1, 19715:00 p.m.vs. No. 12 Stanford*No. 2NBCL 17-27103,839
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Roster

Depth chart

[1]

Coaching staff

Game summaries

Texas A&M

1 234Total
Texas A&M 0 706 13
• Ohio St 21 7217 56
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:36
  • Game attendance: 85,657
  • Game weather: 79°F; wind 14-20 S-SW

[2]

Top-ranked Ohio State rolled up 513 yards of offense and scored touchdowns off five Texas A&M turnovers in a 56-13 rout. Fullback John Brockington scored twice and six other players accounted for touchdowns. The Buckeyes' defense forced three fumbles and an interception which led to four scores in an eight-minute span in the third quarter even though head coach Woody Hayes pulled the starters a little after halftime.[3]

Duke

1 234Total
Duke 3 007 10
• Ohio St 0 6217 34
  • Date: October 3
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:27
  • Game attendance: 86,123
  • Game weather: Sunny; 63°F; wind 18-30 W-NW

[4]

[5]

Michigan State

1 234Total
• Ohio St 9 0713 29
Michigan St 0 000 0
  • Date: October 10
  • Location: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:33
  • Game attendance: 75,511
  • Game weather: Partly sunny; 50°F; wind 15 SSW
  • Referee: Howard Wirtz

[6]

[7]

Minnesota

1 234Total
Minnesota 0 008 8
• Ohio St 21 700 28
  • Date: October 17
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:30
  • Game attendance: 86,667
  • Game weather: Sunny; 52°F; wind 12 W

[8]

Illinois

1 234Total
• Ohio St 7 71321 48
Illinois 7 1336 29
  • Date: October 24
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, IL
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:39
  • Game attendance: 46,208
  • Game weather: 60°F; wind 4-10 SE
  • Referee: Dwight Wilkey

[9]

Northwestern

1 234Total
Northwestern 7 300 10
• Ohio St 0 3147 24
  • Date: October 31
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:31
  • Game attendance: 86,673
  • Game weather: Sunny; 60°F; wind 10 SW

[10]

[11]

Wisconsin

1 234Total
• Ohio St 3 7140 24
Wisconsin 0 700 7
  • Date: November 7
  • Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:33
  • Game attendance: 72,758
  • Game weather: Sunny; 45°F; wind 5-10 W
  • Referee: Dwight Wilkey

[12]

[13]

Purdue

Woody Hayes received a congratulatory phone call from President Richard Nixon after the game and then asked to speak to Fred Schram, who made the game-winning field goal. John Brockington carried the ball for 136 yards and Leo Hayden added 64 yards on 16 carries.[14]

Michigan

Ohio State clinched a Big Ten title, a Rose Bowl berth and some measure of revenge for the 1969 upset.

Stanford

1 234Total
Ohio State 7 730 17
• Stanford 10 0314 27

[15]

New Year's Day

In the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, top-ranked and defending national champion Texas was upset 24-11 by #6 Notre Dame, ending the Longhorns' 30-game winning streak.

Heavily-favored Ohio State could claim their second outright national title in three years that afternoon with a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford in Pasadena. Stanford (8-3) was led by quarterback Jim Plunkett, the 1970 Heisman Trophy winner. The Indians had climbed to a 6-0 conference record and 8-1 overall, but lost their final two regular season games, to Sugar Bowl-bound Air Force and arch-rival California. Stanford lost earlier in the season at home to Purdue, a team OSU defeated on the road.

The Buckeyes led Stanford by four points after three quarters, but were outscored 14-0 in the fourth quarter and lost 27-17. Later that night, #3 Nebraska won the Orange Bowl 17-12 over #5 LSU in Miami to claim the top spot in the AP writers poll.

1971 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
John Brockington 1 9 Running Back Green Bay Packers
Jack Tatum 1 19 Defensive Back Oakland Raiders
William Anderson 1 23 Defensive Back San Francisco 49ers
Leo Hayden 1 24 Running Back Minnesota Vikings
Jan White 2 29 Tight End Buffalo Bills
Jim Stillwagon 5 124 Linebacker Green Bay Packers
Doug Adams 7 165 Linebacker Denver Broncos
Mike Sensibaugh 8 191 Defensive Back Kansas City Chiefs
Larry Zelina 8 196 Running Back Cleveland Browns
Bruce Jankowski 10 250 Wide Receiver Kansas City Chiefs
Rex Kern 10 260 Defensive Back Baltimore Colts
Ron Maciejowski 15 376 Quarterback Chicago Bears
Mark Debevc 16 405 Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals

References

  1. ^ 1971 Ohio State Media Guide"
  2. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-07.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1970 September 26.
  4. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-09.
  5. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1970 October 4.
  6. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-09.
  7. ^ "Ohio State Drubs Spartans." Palm Beach Post. 1970 Oct 11.
  8. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-09.
  9. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-15.
  10. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-15.
  11. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1970 Nov 1.
  12. ^ Ohio State Official Athletic Site - Football - Archives. Retrieved 2015-Mar-16.
  13. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1970 Nov 8.
  14. ^ "Notre Dame, Ohio State Survive 10-7 Heartstoppers." Palm Beach Post. 1970 Nov 15.
  15. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/osu/graphics/pdf/m-footbl/1970/1971-10-Stanford.pdf
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