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1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Rose Bowl, W 27-16 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1968 record10-0 (7-0 Big Ten)
Head coachWoody Hayes
Offensive schemeHeavy Run
Base defenseMulti
CaptainDave Foley
CaptainMark Stier
CaptainDirk Worden
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1/1 Ohio State 7 0 0     10 0 0
#12/15 Michigan 6 1 0     8 2 0
#10/11 Purdue 5 2 0     8 2 0
#NR/18 Minnesota 5 2 0     6 4 0
Indiana 4 3 0     6 4 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 5 0
Michigan State 2 5 0     5 5 0
Illinois 1 6 0     1 9 0
Northwestern 1 6 0     1 9 0
Wisconsin 0 7 0     0 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1968 Ohio State Buckeyes football team is considered one of the strongest in OSU history, fielding 11 All-Americans and six first-round NFL draft picks. With quarterback Rex Kern and running back Jim Otis leading a powerful OSU offense and Jack Tatum on defense, Woody Hayes' Buckeyes capped an undefeated season with a dominating 50–14 victory over archrival Michigan and a come-from-behind 27–16 victory over Southern California in the 1969 Rose Bowl to secure the national title.[1] This was also the first year the Buckeye players were awarded Buckeye pride stickers for their helmets, each one a reward for a good play. OSU was the first team to have such a program.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 28* Southern Methodist #11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 35-14   73,855
October 5* Oregon #6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 21-6   70,919
October 12 #1 Purdue #4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 13-0   84,834
October 19† Northwestern #2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 45-21   83,454
October 26 at Illinois #2 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 31-24   56,174
November 2 #16 Michigan State #2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 25-20   84,859
November 9 at Wisconsin #2 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 43-8   40,972
November 16 at Iowa #2 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 33-27   44,131
November 23 #4 Michigan #2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 50-14   85,371
January 1* vs. #2 USC #1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) W 27-16   102,063
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Depth ChartEdit

Defensive Starters


FS
Mike Sensibaugh


WLB SLB
Doug Adams Mark Stier
Phil Strickland
SS
Jack Tatum
CB
Tim Anderson


DE DT NT DT DE
Mark Debevc Brad Nielsen Jim Stillwagon Paul Schmidlin Dick Whitfield
Bill Urbanik
CB
Ted Provost
Offensive Starters
SE
Bruce Jankowski
LT LG C RG RT
Dave Foley Thomas Backhus Jim Muhlbach Alan Jack Rufus Mayes
Brian Donovan Charles Hutchison
TE
Jan White
WB
Larry Zelina
QB
Rex Kern
Ron Maciejowski
FB
Jim Otis
John Brockington
Special Teams





RB
Leo Hayden
Ray Gillian


[2]

Coaching staffEdit

Game notesEdit

IowaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio St 6 6 14 7 33
Iowa 0 0 6 21 27

[3]


MichiganEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 7 7 0 0 14
Ohio State 7 14 6 23 50

[4]


Statistical leadersEdit

  • Scoring-Jim Otis
  • Rushing-Jim Otis
  • Passing-Rex Kern
  • Receiving-Bruce Jankowski

1969 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Rufus Mayes 1 14 Tackle Chicago Bears
Dave Foley 1 26 Tackle New York Jets
Steve Howell 10 239 Tight End Cincinnati Bengals

ReferencesEdit

  1. OSU Football National Championships, Ohio State University Archives
  2. 2010 Ohio State football record book
  3. "Ohio State '68: All the Way to the Top." Greenberg, Steve and Larry Zelina. 1998.
  4. "Ohio St Shocks Michigan, 50-14." The Palm Beach Post. 1968 Nov 25.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data
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