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1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
AP #1
1942 record 9-1 (5-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Paul Brown
Offensive scheme Heavy Run
Base defense Multi

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
« 1941 1943 »

The 1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was led by QB Les Horvath and captain George Lynn. they were the first national title team in Ohio State football history. They were coached by Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown. Because the Big Ten Conference did not let its teams participate in any game except for the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes were given the title by the press. The Buckeyes outscored their opponents by an average score of 37-11 by scoring a total 337 and 114 for opponents.

The Buckeyes only loss was to the Wisconsin Badgers in what many now refer to as "The Bad Water Game" where half of the Buckeye players contracted an intestinal disorder after drinking from an unsanitary drinking fountain on the train to Madison. The Buckeyes were defeated by the Badgers who were led by Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch. However, the Badgers had a loss and a tie giving Ohio State a shot at a Big Ten Championship giving Paul Brown his second in his second year at Ohio State.

Horvath then led the Bucks to three scores through the air to upset Michigan and win their first league championship in three years and their sixth in thirty years since joining the Western Conference in 1913.

Top ranked Boston College and number two ranked Georgia lost their season ending games, giving Ohio State their first consensus football National Championship. Ohio State had been awarded a National Championship via the Dunkel System in 1933, with Michigan, Princeton and Southern California also being given titles by different ranking systems.



Date Opponent Site Result
September 26* Fort Knox Army squad Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 59-0  
October 3 Indiana Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 32-21  
October 10* Southern California Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 28-12  
October 17 Purdue Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 26-0  
October 24 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 20-6  
October 31 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin L 7-17  
November 7* Pittsburgh Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 59-19  
November 14 vs. Illinois Cleveland StadiumCleveland, Ohio W 44-20  
November 21 Michigan Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 21-7  
November 28* Iowa Pre-Flight Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 41-12  
*Non-Conference Game.

Coaching staff


All-Big Ten

1943 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Les Horvath 6 45 Halfback Cleveland Rams
Bill Vickroy 12 105 Center Cleveland Rams
Don McCafferty 13 116 End New York Giants


  • Lindy's (2002), A Championship Season...and the Battle for #1, pp. 74  .
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data


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