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1975 Ohio State Buckeyes football team


1975 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #4
AP #4
1975 record 11-1 (8-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
MVP Cornelius Greene
Captain Brian Baschnagel
Captain Tim Fox
Captain Archie Griffin
Captain Ken Kuhn
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)

The 1975 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1975-1976. The Buckeyes compiled a 11–1 record, including the 1976 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they lost 23–10 to the UCLA Bruins.

In 1975, Archie Griffin would become college football's only two-time Heisman trophy winner. Griffin won four Big Ten Conference titles with the Ohio State Buckeyes and became the only player ever to start in four Rose Bowls.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 13 at #11 Michigan State #3 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 21-0   80,383
September 20 #7 Penn State* #3 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 17-9   88,093
September 27 North Carolina* #2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 32-7   87,750
October 4 at #13 UCLA* #2 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 41-20   55,482
October 11 Iowa #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 49-0   87,826
October 18 Wisconsin #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 56-0   87,820
October 25 at Purdue #1 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 35-6   69,405
November 1 Indiana #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 24-14   87,835
November 8 at Illinois #1 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 40-3   67,751
November 15 Minnesota #1 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 38-6   87,817
November 22 at #4 Michigan #1 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 21-14   105,543
January 1 vs. #11 UCLA* #1 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) L 10-23   105,464
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Depth Chart


Tim Fox

Ed Thompson Ken Kuhn
Ray Griffin
Craig Cassidy

Bob Brudzinski Nick Buonamici Aaron Brown Eddie Beamon Pat Curto
Bruce Ruhl
Lenny Willis
Chris Ward Ted Smith Mike Datisch Bill Lukens Scott Dannelley
Larry Kain
Brian Baschnagel
Cornelius Greene
Rod Gerald
Pete Johnson
Special Teams
PK Tom Klaban
P Tom Skladany
KR Lenny Willis

Archie Griffin
Jeff Logan


Coaching staff

  • Woody Hayes - Head Coach (25th year)
  • George Chaump - Offense (8th year)
  • George Hill (American football coach) - Defensive Coordinator (5th year)
  • Charles Clausen - Defense (5th year)
  • Alex Gibbs - Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line (1st year)
  • Mickey Jackson - (2nd year)
  • John Mummey - Quarterbacks (7th year)
  • Ralph Staub - (6th year)
  • Dick Walker - Defensive Backs (7th year)

Game notes

Michigan State

1 234Total
Ohio St 0 777 21
Michigan St 0 000 0


Penn State

1 234Total
Penn St 3 330 9
• Ohio St 10 007 17
  • Date: September 20
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 88,093



1 234Total
Ohio State 7 21103 41
UCLA 7 076 20



1 234Total
Ohio State 14 777 35
Purdue 3 300 6

Archie Griffin broke Cornell's Ed Marinaro NCAA career rushing record with a 23-yard run up the middle in the fourth quarter. [6]


1 234Total
Ohio State 7 0014 21
Michigan 0 707 14


Awards and honors

  • Archie Griffin, Heisman Trophy[8]

1976 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Tim Fox 1 21 Defensive Back New England Patriots
Archie Griffin 1 24 Running Back Cincinnati Bengals
Brian Baschnagel 3 66 Wide Receiver Chicago Bears
Leonard Willis 4 118 Wide Receiver Minnesota Vikings
Ken Kuhn 7 205 Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals
Craig Cassady 8 213 Defensive Back New Orleans Saints
Tom Klaban 10 287 Kicker Cincinnati Bengals
Cornelius Greene 11 317 Quarterback Dallas Cowboys
Larry Kain 13 375 Tight End Pittsburgh Steelers
Pat Curto 16 441 Linebacker Atlanta Falcons
Scott Dannelley 17 482 Guard Cincinnati Bengals


Win/Loss statistics
  • Ohio State Historical Scores
Draft data
  • Ohio State Drafted Players
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