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1978 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Gator Bowl, L 17-15 vs. Clemson
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1978 record7-4-1 (6-2 Big Ten)
Head coachWoody Hayes
MVPTom Cousineau
CaptainByron Cato
CaptainTom Cousineau
CaptainRon Springs
CaptainTim Vogler
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/5 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 2 0
#12/NR Michigan State § 7 1 0     8 3 0
#13/13 Purdue 6 1 1     9 2 1
Ohio State 6 2 0     7 4 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 4 2     5 4 2
Indiana 3 5 0     4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0     2 9 0
Illinois 0 6 2     1 8 2
Northwestern 0 8 1     0 10 1
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1978 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1978-1979. The Buckeyes compiled a 7–4–1 record, including the 1978 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, where they lost 17–15 to the Clemson Tigers.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 16* #5 Penn State #6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 0-19   88,203
September 23 at Minnesota #16 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 27-10   55,200
September 30* Baylor #13 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 34-28   87,998
October 7* SMU #14 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH T 35-35   87,721
October 14 at Purdue #16 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 16-27   69,465
October 21 Iowa Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 31-7   87,326
October 28 Northwestern Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 63-20   87,296
November 4 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 49-14   79,940
November 11 Illinois Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 45-7   87,819
November 18 at Indiana #19 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 21-18   47,560
November 25 #6 Michigan #16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 3-14   88,358
December 29* vs. #7 Clemson #20 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) L 15-17   72,011
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Depth ChartEdit

Defensive Starters


FS
Todd Bell


WLB ILB ILB SLB
Paul Ross Al Washington Tom Cousinea Kelton Dansler
SS
Vince Skillings
CB
Mike Guess


DE NT DE
Byron Cato Mark Sullivan Gary Dulin
CB
Ray Ellis
Offensive Starters
SE
Rod Gerald
LT LG C RG RT
Keith Ferguson Ken Fritz Tim Vogler Jim Savoca Joe Robinson
TE
Jimmy Moore
FL
Doug Conley
QB
Art Schlichter
Greg Castignola
FB
Paul Campbell
Ricardo Volley
Special Teams
PK Vlade Janakievski




RB
Ron Springs
Ricky Johnson


[1]

Coaching staffEdit

  • Woody Hayes - Head Coach (28th year)
  • George Chaump - Offense (10th year)
  • George Hill - Defensive Coordinator (7th year)
  • Glen Mason - Outside Linebackers and Offensive Line Coach (1st year)
  • Dave Adolph - Defense (2nd year)
  • Alex Gibbs - Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line (4th year)
  • Mickey Jackson - (5th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (2nd year)
  • Gary Tranquill - Defensive Backs (2nd year)

Game notesEdit

WisconsinEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio State 7 14 14 14 49
Wisconsin 0 7 0 7 14

[2]


1979 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Tom Cousineau 1 1 Linebacker Buffalo Bills
Ron Springs 5 136 Running Back Dallas Cowboys
Jimmy Moore 6 150 Guard Baltimore Colts
Joe Robinson 9 229 Tackle Kansas City Chiefs

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. "Buckeyes' Defense Overcomes Badgers." Palm Beach Post. 1978 Nov 5.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data
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