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1979 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Big Ten Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
1979 record11-1 (8-0 Big Ten)
Head coachEarle Bruce
MVPJim Laughlin
CaptainKen Fritz
CaptainMike Guess
CaptainJim Laughlin
CaptainTom Waugh
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Ohio State 8 0 0     11 1 0
#10/10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
#18/19 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19/16 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1979 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1979-1980. The Buckeyes compiled a 11–1 record, including the 1980 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they lost 17–16 to the Southern California Trojans.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 8* Syracuse Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 31-8   86,205
September 15 at Minnesota #15 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 21-17   43,926
September 22* Washington State #16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 45-29   87,495
September 29* at #17 UCLA #14 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 17-13   47,228
October 6 Northwestern #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 16-7   87,406
October 13 Indiana #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 47-6   87,521
October 20 Wisconsin #6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 59-0   87,585
October 27† Michigan State #4 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 42-0   87,747
November 3 at Illinois #5 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 44-7   41,870
November 10 Iowa #3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 34-7   87,835
November 17 at #13 Michigan #2 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 18-15   106,255
January 1* vs. #3 USC #1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) L 16-17   105,526
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.
[1]

Depth ChartEdit

Defensive Starters


FS
Todd Bell


WLB ILB ILB SLB
Jim Laughlin Al Washington Marcus Marek Keith Ferguson
SS
Vince Skillings
CB
Mike Guess


DE NT DE
Jerome Foster Tim Sawicki Luther Henson
CB
Ray Ellis
Offensive Starters
SE
Gary Williams
LT LG C RG RT
Tim Burke Ernie Andria Tom Waugh Ken Fritz Joe Lukens
TE
Brad Dwelle
Bill Jaco
FL
Doug Conley
QB
Art Schlichter
Greg Castignola
FB
Ricardo Volley
Paul Campbell
Special Teams
PK Vlade Janakievski




RB
Calvin Murray
Jimmy Gale and Tim Spencer


[2]

Coaching staffEdit

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach (1st year)
  • Pete Carroll - Defensive Backs (1st year)
  • Dennis Fryzel - Defensive Coordinator (1st year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Line / Defensive Inside Linebackers (2nd year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (3rd year)
  • Wayne Stanley - Running Backs (1st year)
  • Steve Szabo - Defensive Line (1st year)
  • Bob Tucker - Defensive Outside Linebackers (1st year)
  • Fred Zechman - Quarterbacks/Receivers (1st year)

1980 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Jim Laughlin 4 91 Linebacker Atlanta Falcons
Mike Guess 6 156 Defensive Back Chicago Bears
Ken Fritz 10 277 Guard Pittsburgh Steelers
[3]

Game notesEdit

NorthwesternEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Northwestern 0 0 0 7 7
Ohio St 10 3 0 3 16

[4]


MichiganEdit

#2 Ohio State at #13 Michigan
by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio State 0 6 6 6 18
Michigan 0 7 8 0 15

Ohio State clinched the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl with an 18-15 victory over their archrivals. The Buckeyes had not beaten nor scored a touchdown against Michigan since 1975, the last time they had gone to Pasadena. [5]

ReferencesEdit

Win/Loss statistics
Draft data
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