|1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football|
Coaches' Poll National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1957 record||9-1 (7-0 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Woody Hayes|
|Offensive scheme||Heavy Run|
|Home stadium||Ohio Stadium|
|1957 Big Ten football standings|
|#2/1 Ohio State †||7||–||0||–||0||9||–||1||–||0|
|#3/3 Michigan State||5||–||1||–||0||8||–||1||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll
The 1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was led by captains Galen Cisco and Leo Brown. They were the third national title team in Ohio State football history. They were coached by Hall of Fame coach Woody Hayes. The Buckeyes were awarded the title by the UPI Coaches Poll and represented the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl.
The Buckeyes finished the 1956 season with a two shut-out losses to Iowa and Michigan. Going into the 1957 season fans had a feeling of rebuilding. The feeling was made stronger with an opening loss to unranked TCU. To make matters worse, Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa were all ranked in the Top 6 of the AP Poll Rankings while Ohio State would not be ranked until late October. Coach Hayes rallied the team every week and made them better following this loss.
The Buckeyes came back with a big win at Washington and victories over Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue, along with crushing victories over Indiana and Northwestern. A shocking Purdue upset over #2 Michigan State, a tie between Michigan and Iowa, and Minnesota’s unraveling season after a loss to Illinois continued to help the Buckeyes.
It was a late star performance by sophomore fullback Bob White against unbeaten Iowa that pushed the team even further. Trailing 13-10 and on their own 32 yard line, White ran on six of the eight plays for 66 out of the 68 yards, capped off by a 5 yard touchdown run..
A victory over Michigan moved the Bucks up to #2 in the AP, behind Auburn. However, the UPI voted OSU number one because Auburn was on probation. The Bucks were also declared #1 by the Football Writers Association Poll.
Schedule[edit | edit source]
|September 28*||TCU||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||L 14-18||81,784|
|October 5*||at Washington||Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA||W 35-7||37,500|
|October 12||Illinois||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||W 21-7||82,239|
|October 19||Indiana||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||W 56-0||78,348|
|October 26||at Wisconsin||#12||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 16-13||51,051|
|November 2||Northwestern||#8||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||W 47-6||79,635|
|November 9||Purdue||#6||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||W 20-7||79,177|
|November 16||#5 Iowa||#6||Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH||W 17-13||82,935|
|November 23||at #19 Michigan||#3||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||W 31-14||101,001|
|January 1*||vs. Oregon||#2||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl)||W 10-7||98,202|
|*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Game notes[edit | edit source]
Michigan[edit | edit source]
Ohio State played without halfback Don Clark, who was sidelined with a groin injury. 
All-Americans[edit | edit source]
All-Big Ten[edit | edit source]
Aurealius Thomas, G
Leo Brown, E
MVP[edit | edit source]
Bill Jobko, G
|Bill Jobko||7||80||Linebacker||Los Angeles Rams|
|Don Sutherin||8||94||Defensive Back||New York Giants|
|Russ Bowermaster||11||132||End||Cleveland Browns|
References[edit | edit source]
- "100,101 See Ohio State Overpower Wolverines; 31-14." Palm Beach Post. 1957 Nov 24.
- Lindy's (2002), A Championship Season...and the Battle for #1, pp. 76.
- Win/Loss statistics
- Draft data