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2005 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Fiesta Bowl Champions
Big Ten Co–Champions
Fiesta Bowl, W 34–20 vs. Notre Dame
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 4
2005 record10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachJim Tressel
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJim Heacock
Base defense4-3
MVPA.J. Hawk
CaptainA.J. Hawk
CaptainNick Mangold
CaptainNate Salley
CaptainRob Sims
Home stadiumOhio Stadium (c. 101,568, grass)
Seasons
← 2004
2006 →
2005 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3/3 Penn State §   0* 1         0* 1  
#4/4 Ohio State §   7 1         10 2  
#15/15 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Michigan   5 3         7 5  
Northwestern   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   5 3         7 5  
Minnesota   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   3 5         5 6  
Michigan State   2 6         5 6  
Indiana   1 7         4 7  
Illinois   0 8         2 9  
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
§ – Conference co-champions

The 2005 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented The Ohio State University in the college football season of 2005–2006. The team's head football coach was Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes played their home games in Ohio Stadium. The team finished the season with a win-loss record of 10–2, and a Big Ten Conference record of 7–1. They tied for the Big Ten Championship with Penn State.

In 2005, A.J. Hawk was the sixth Ohio State player to receive the Lombardi Award. He was also voted OSU's season MVP for this year and was All-American. All year, Troy Smith and Justin Zwick competed for the spot of starting quarterback.

Early in the season, they played their first ever meeting against the Texas Longhorns of The University of Texas,[1][2][3] which they lost, 25–22.[3]

To conclude the season, they made an appearance in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl and defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 34-20.[4][5] They finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3* 3:30 PM Miami University #9 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 34–14   104,695[6]
September 10* 8:00 PM #2 Texas #7 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (1st Meeting) ABC L 22–25   105,565[6]
September 17* 12:00 PM San Diego State #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 27–6   104,533[6]
September 24 12:00 PM #21 Iowa #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 31–6   105,225[6]
October 8 8:00 PM at #18 Penn State #6 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN L 10–17   109,839[6]
October 15† 3:30 PM #17 Michigan State #15 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 35–24   105,122[6]
October 22 12:00 PM at Indiana #13 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPN+ W 41–10   52,866[6]
October 29 3:30 PM at #22 Minnesota #13 Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN ABC W 45–31   54,825[6]
November 5 3:30 PM Illinois #12 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ESPN2 W 40–2   104,799[6]
November 12 3:30 PM Northwestern #10 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 48–7   105,181[6]
November 19 1:00 PM at #17 Michigan #9 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI (The Game) ABC W 25–21   111,591[6]
January 2* 4:30 PM vs. #6 Notre Dame #4 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) ABC W 34–20   76,196[6]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staffEdit

  • Jim Tressel – Head Coach (5th year)
  • Tim Beckman – Defensive Cornerbacks (1st year)
  • Jim Bollman – Offensive Line/OC (5th year)
  • Joe Daniels – Quarterbacks / Passing Game Coordinator (5th year)
  • Luke Fickell – Co-Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers (4th year)
  • Paul Haynes – Defensive Safeties (1st year)
  • Darrell Hazell – Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers (2nd year)
  • Jim Heacock – Defensive Coordinator / Defensive line (10th year)
  • John Peterson – Offensive Tight Ends / Recruiting Coordinator (2nd year)
  • Dick Tressel – Running Backs (5th year)


  • Bob Tucker - Director of Football Operations (11th year)
  • Stan Jefferson - Director of Player Development (2nd year)
  • Butch Reynolds - Speed Coordinator (1st year)


Game notesEdit

IowaEdit

#21 Iowa at #8 Ohio State
by Quarter1234 Total
Iowa 0 0 3 3 6
Ohio St 7 10 7 7 31

Ohio State came into the contest looking to avenge the previous year's 33–7 loss to Iowa.

Statistics

  • OHST: Troy Smith 13/19, 191 Yds, 18 Rush, 127 Yds
  • OHST: Antonio Pittman 28 Rush, 171 Yds[7]


MichiganEdit

#9 Ohio State at #17 Michigan
by Quarter1234 Total
Ohio St 6 6 0 13 25
Michigan 0 7 11 3 21


Awards and honorsEdit

  • A.J. Hawk, Lombardi Award[8]

2006 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
A.J. Hawk 1 5 Linebacker Green Bay Packers
Donte Whitner 1 8 Defensive Back Buffalo Bills
Bobby Carpenter 1 18 Linebacker Dallas Cowboys
Santonio Holmes 1 25 Wide Receiver Pittsburgh Steelers
Nick Mangold 1 29 Center New York Jets
Ashton Youboty 3 70 Defensive Back Buffalo Bills
Anthony Schlegel 3 76 Linebacker New York Jets
Nate Salley 4 121 Defensive Back Carolina Panthers
Rob Sims 4 128 Guard Seattle Seahawks
[9]

ReferencesEdit

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