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1983 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Fiesta Bowl Champions
Fiesta Bowl, W 28–23 vs. Pittsburgh
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 9
1983 record9–3 (6–3 Big Ten)
Head coachEarle Bruce
Offensive coordinatorGlen Mason
MVPJohn Frank
CaptainJohn Frank
CaptainGarcia Lane
CaptainBill Roberts
CaptainRowland Tatum
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,290)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10/10 Illinois 9 0 0     10 2 0
#8/9 Michigan 8 1 0     9 3 0
#14/14 Iowa 7 2 0     9 3 0
#9/8 Ohio State 6 3 0     9 3 0
Wisconsin 5 4 0     7 4 0
Purdue 3 5 1     3 7 1
Michigan State 2 6 1     4 6 1
Indiana 2 7 0     3 8 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Minnesota 0 9 0     1 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1983 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1983-1984. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1984 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, where they won 28–23 against the Pittsburgh Panthers.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 10* Oregon #7 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 31–6   88,524
September 17* at #2 Oklahoma #6 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 24–14   75,008
September 24 at #7 Iowa #3 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA L 14–20   66,175
October 1 Minnesota #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 69–18   89,192
October 8 Purdue #6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 33–22   89,384
October 15 at #19 Illinois #6 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 13–17   73,414
October 22 Michigan State #17 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 21–11   89,104
October 29 Wisconsin #16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 45–27   89,203
November 5 at Indiana #14 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 56–17   51,176
November 12 Northwestern #10 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 55–7   88,703
November 19 at #8 Michigan #10 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 21–24   106,115
January 2* vs. #15 Pittsburgh #14 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) W 28–23   66,484
*Non-Conference Game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Depth ChartEdit

Defensive Starters


FS
Doug Hill


WLB ILB ILB SLB
Rowland Tatum Byron Lee Clark Backus Orlondo Lowry
Curt Curtis Rowland Tatum
SS
Kelvin Bell
CB
Shaun Gayle


DE NT DE
Dave Morrill Spencer Nelms Dave Crecelius
CB
Garcia Lane
Offensive Starters
SE
Thad Jemison
LT LG C RG RT
Bill Roberts Kirk Lowdermilk Joe Dooley Scott Zalenski Mark Krerowicz
Rory Graves
TE
John Frank
FL
Cedric Anderson
Mike Lanese
QB
Mike Tomczak
Jim Karsatos
FB
Vaughn Broadnax
Roman Bates
Special Teams





RB
Keith Byers
Kelvin Lindsey & John Wooldridge


[1]

Coaching staffEdit

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach (5th year)
  • Dom Capers - Defensive Backs (2nd year)
  • Steve Devine - Recruiting Coordinator (1st year)
  • Randy Hart - Defensive Line (2nd year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Coordinator (6th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (7th year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Linebackers (2nd year)
  • Wayne Stanley - Running Backs (5th year)
  • Jim Tressel - Quarterbacks (1st year)
  • Bob Tucker - Defensive Coordinator (5th year)

Game notesEdit

OklahomaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio State 7 7 7 3 24
Oklahoma 0 7 7 0 14

[2]


WisconsinEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Wisconsin 14 7 6 0 27
Ohio St 7 21 10 7 45

Woody Hayes dotted the "i" in the pregame Script Ohio.

Statistics

[3]


1984 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
William Roberts 1 27 Guard New York Giants
John Frank 2 56 Tight End San Francisco 49ers
Garcia Lane 3 61 Defensive Back Kansas City Chiefs
Rowland Tatum 6 165 Linebacker Miami Dolphins
Shaun Gayle 10 271 Defensive Back Chicago Bears
Joe Dooley 10 274 Center Los Angeles Rams
Thad Jemison 12 310 Wide Receiver Tampa Bay Buccaneers

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. "Ohio St. Is Superb In Beating Sooners." Gainesville Sun. 1983 Sept 18.
  3. Gainesville Sun. 1983 Oct 30.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data
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