1891 Ohio State Buckeyes football
1891 record2–3
Head coachAlexander S. Lilley (2nd season)
CaptainRichard T. Ellis
Frank Haas
George Pearce
Home stadiumRecreation Park
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The 1891 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University in the 1891 college football season. They played all their home games at Recreation Park and were coached by Alexander S. Lilley. The Buckeyes finished the season with a 2–3 record.[1]

This season was very uneven for Ohio State. Richard T. Ellis was elected captain at the beginning of the season, but he broke his leg during the game against Adelbert College (the undergraduate college of Western Reserve University). Frank Haas served as captain during the Kenyon game. Baseball captain George Pearce took over the football team for the Denison game on Thanksgiving. The Denison game gave Ohio State its first victory since their first-ever game on May 3, 1890.[1]

Among the members of the Ohio State team in 1891 was future Spink Award-winning sportswriter Hugh Fullerton.[1]


File:Ohio Intercollegiate Athletic Association college football 1891 standings.png
October 17at OtterbeinWesterville, OHL 6–42
November 11Western ReserveL 6–50
November 14at [[{{{school}}}|Kenyon]]Gambier, OHL 0–26
November 26[[{{{school}}}|Denison]]
  • Recreation Park
  • Columbus, OH
W 8–4
December 5at BuchtelAkron, OHW 6–0


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Roman, Robert J. (2017). Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn. University of Akron Press. ISBN 1629220663.

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