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1977 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Sugar Bowl, L 35-6 vs. Alabama
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 11
1977 record9-3 (7-1 Big Ten)
Head coachWoody Hayes
MVPDave Adkins
CaptainAaron Brown
CaptainRay Griffin
CaptainJeff Logan
CaptainChris Ward
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#9/8 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#11/12 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 3 0
Michigan State 6 1 1     7 3 1
Indiana 4 3 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     7 5 0
Purdue 3 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 6 0     5 6 0
Illinois 2 6 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     1 10 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1977 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1977-1978. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1978 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, where they lost 35–6 to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10* Miami (FL) #5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 10-0   86,287
September 17 Minnesota #6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 38-7   87,799
September 24* #3 Oklahoma #4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 28-29   88,119
October 1* at SMU #6 Cotton BowlDallas, TX W 35-7   51,970
October 8 Purdue #4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 46-0   87,707
October 15 at Iowa #5 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 27-6   60,070
October 22 at Northwestern #4 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 35-15   29,563
October 29 Wisconsin #3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 42-0   87,837
November 5 at Illinois #4 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 35-0   66,973
November 12 Indiana #4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 35-7   87,786
November 19 at #5 Michigan #4 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 6-14   106,024
January 2* vs. #3 Alabama #9 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) L 6-35   76,811
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Depth ChartEdit

Defensive Starters


FS
Joe Allegro


WLB SLB
Dave Adkins Tom Cousineau
SS
Ray Griffin
CB
Mike Guess


DE DT NT DT DE
Kelton Dansler Gary Dulin Aaron Brown Byron Cato Paul Ross
CB
Len Mills
Offensive Starters
SE
Herman Jones
LT LG C RG RT
Chris Ward Mark Lang Tim Vogler Ken Fritz Joe Robinson
TE
Bill Jaco
Jimmy Moore
WB
Jim Harrell
QB
Rod Gerald
Greg Castignola
FB
Joel Payton
Paul Campbell
Special Teams
PK Vlade Janakievski




RB
Jeff Logan (FB)
Ron Springs (TB)


[1]

Coaching staffEdit

  • Woody Hayes - Head Coach (27th year)
  • George Chaump - Offense (10th year)
  • George Hill (American football coach) - Defensive Coordinator (7th year)
  • Dave Adolph - Defense (1st year)
  • Alex Gibbs - Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line (3rd year)
  • Mickey Jackson - (4th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (1st year)
  • Gary Tranquill - Defensive Backs (1st year)

Game summariesEdit

PurdueEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Purdue 0 0 0 0 0
Ohio St 29 10 7 0 46
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio
  • Game weather: 87,707

[2]


1978 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Chris Ward 1 4 Tackle New York Jets
Ray Griffin 2 35 Defensive Back Cincinnati Bengals
Herman Jones 7 185 Wide Receiver Chicago Bears
Jeff Logan 7 191 Running Back Baltimore Colts
David Adkins 8 209 Linebacker Atlanta Falcons
Aaron C. Brown 10 252 Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. "Payton TDs Lead Ohio State Rout." Palm Beach Post. 1977 Oct 9.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data
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