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1954 Ohio State Buckeyes football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl, W 20-7 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #2
AP #1
1954 record 10-0 (7-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
Offensive scheme Heavy Run
Base defense Multi

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
« 1953 1955 »

The 1954 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was led by QB Dave Leggett and captains John Borton and Dick Brubaker. They were the second national title team in Ohio State football history. They were coached by Hall of Fame coach Woody Hayes. The Buckeyes were awarded the title by the AP Poll and represented the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl.

The Buckeyes finished the 1953 season with a record of 6-3. They began the 1954 season ranked #20 and defeated six top ranked teams to capture their first league title under fourth year Coach Hayes.

Led by their powerful defense, the Bucks beat the #2 Wisconsin Badgers and their eventual Heisman Trophy winner Alan Ameche on an 88 yard interception return by Howard Cassady who would win the award the following year. The Buckeye defense forced 35 turnovers during the season and allowed only two teams to score more than one touchdown

In their game against the Michigan Wolverines, the Bucks held a goal-line stand and then drove 99 yards for a touchdown. The AP Poll declared the Bucks to be number one while the UPI Coaches Poll opted for 9-0 PCC Champion the UCLA Bruins. However, because of the “no repeat rule” the Bruins were locked out of the Rose Bowl leaving the Buckeyes to play second place Southern California.

The 1955 Rose Bowl was played during a rainstorm in poor field conditions. However, Ohio State managed to gain 304 yards and hold the Trojans to only six first-downs. Their only score coming on an 86 yard punt return. The team finished 10-0 for the first time in school history.



Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 25 Indiana Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 28-0  
October 2* #18 California #14 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 21-13  
October 9 at Illinois #10 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois W 40-7  
October 16 #13 Iowa #4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 20-14  
October 23 #2 Wisconsin #4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 31-14  
October 30 at Northwestern #1 Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 14-7  
November 6* #20 Pittsburgh #2 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 26-0  
November 13 at Purdue #2 Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana W 28-6  
November 20 #12 Michigan #1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 21-7  
January 1* vs. #17 Southern California #1 Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) W 20-7  
*Non-Conference Game.


Coaching staff


All-Big Ten

  • Dean Dugger, E
  • Howard Cassady, HB
  • Francis Machinsky, T
  • Dick Hilinski

1955 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Bobby Watkins 2 23 Halfback Chicago Bears
Dean Dugger 4 46 End Philadelphia Eagles
Dave Leggett 7 74 Quarterback Chicago Cardinals
Jerry Krisher 13 153 Center Philadelphia Eagles
John Borton 13 157 Quarterback Cleveland Browns
Dick Brubaker 15 170 End Chicago Cardinals
Bob Myers 28 328 Defensive Tackle Baltimore Colts
Dave Williams 28 330 Guard Pittsburgh Steelers


Lindy's (2002), A Championship Season...and the Battle for #1, pp. 75  .

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