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1981 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #12
AP #15
1981 record 9–3 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce
MVP Art Schlichter
Captain Glen Cobb
Captain Art Schlichter
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)

The 1981 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1981-1982. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1981 Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, where they won 31–28 against the Navy Midshipmen.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12 Duke* #11 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 34–13   86,266
September 19 Michigan State #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 27–13   87,084
September 26 at Stanford* #8 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 24–19   76,102
October 3 Florida State* #7 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 27–36   87,158
October 10 at Wisconsin #18 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 21–24   78,973
October 17 Illinois Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 34–27   87,158
October 24 Indiana Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 29-10   87,182
October 31 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 45–33   69,927
November 7 at Minnesota #18 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 31–35   42,793
November 14 Northwestern Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 70–6   86,912
November 21 at #7 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 14–9   106,043
December 30 vs. Navy* #15 Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN () W 31–28   43,216
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Depth Chart


Doug Hill

Anthony Griggs Glen Cobb Marcus Marek Mike D’Andrea
Garcia Lane
Shaun Gayle

Chris Riehm Nick Miller Jerome Foster
Kelvin Bell
Gary Williams
Thad Jemison
Bill Roberts Scott Zalenski Jim DeLeone Joe Lukens Joe Smith
John Frank
Brad Dwelle
Cedric Anderson
Art Schlichter
Mike Tomczak
Vaughn Broadnax
Special Teams
PK Bob Atha

Tim Spencer
Jimmy Gale


Coaching staff

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach (3rd year)
  • Dennis Fryzel - Defensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Coordinator (4th year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (5th year)
  • Nick Saban - Defensive Backs (2nd year)
  • Wayne Stanley - Running Backs (3rd year)
  • Steve Szabo - Defensive Line (3rd year)
  • Bob Tucker - Defensive Outside Linebackers (3rd year)
  • Fred Zechman - Quarterbacks/Receivers (3rd year)

Game notes


1 234Total
Ohio St 0 17721 45
Purdue 7 7613 33


  • Gary Williams 126 receiving yards [3]


1 234Total
Ohio State 0 707 14
Michigan 3 060 9


1982 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Art Schlichter 1 4 Quarterback Baltimore Colts
Anthony Griggs 4 105 Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
Bob Atha 12 317 Kicker St. Louis Cardinals


Win/Loss statistics
  • Ohio State Historical Scores
  • 1981 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule and Results
  • 1981 Ohio State Buckeyes Stats
  • 1981 Big Ten Conference Year Summary
Draft data
  • Ohio State Drafted Players
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