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1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football
National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl, W 10-7 vs. Oregon
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #2
1957 record 9-1 (7-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
Offensive scheme Heavy Run
Base defense Multi

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
Seasons
« 1956 1958 »

The 1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was led by captains Galen Cisco and Leo Brown. They were the third 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 UPI Coaches Poll and represented the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl.

The Buckeyes finished the 1956 season with a two shut-out losses to Iowa and Michigan. Going into the 1957 season fans had a feeling of rebuilding. The feeling was made stronger with an opening loss to unranked TCU. To make matters worse, Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa were all ranked in the Top 6 of the AP Poll Rankings while Ohio State would not be ranked until late October. Coach Hayes rallied the team every week and made them better following this loss.

The Buckeyes came back with a big win at Washington and victories over Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue, along with crushing victories over Indiana and Northwestern. A shocking Purdue unset over #2 Michigan State, a tie between Michigan and Iowa, and Minnesota’s unraveling season after a loss to Illinois continued to help the Buckeyes.

It was a late star performance by sophomore fullback Bob White against unbeaten Iowa that pushed the team even further. Trailing 13-10 and on their own 32 yard line, White ran on six of the eight plays for 66 out of the 68 yards, capped off by a 5 yard touchdown run..

A victory over Michigan moved the Bucks up to #2 in the AP, behind Auburn. However, the UPI voted OSU number one because Auburn was on probation. The Bucks were also declared #1 by the Football Writers Association Poll.

In a hard fought Rose Bowl game, a late field goal by Don Sutherin in the forth quarter sealed the victory over the Oregon Ducks. The Buckeyes finished the season 9-1.

Contents

Schedule

Date Opponent Site Result
September 28* Texas Christian Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 14-18  
October 5* at Washington Husky StadiumSeattle, Washington W 35-7  
October 12 Illinois Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 21-7  
October 19 Indiana Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 56-0  
October 26 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin W 16-13  
November 2 Northwestern Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 47-6  
November 9 Purdue Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 20-7  
November 16 Iowa Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 17-13  
November 23 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan W 31-14  
January 1* vs. Oregon Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) W 10-7  
*Non-Conference Game.

All-Americans

Aurealius Thomas, G

All-Big Ten

Aurealius Thomas, G
Leo Brown, E

MVP

Bill Jobko, G

1958 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Bill Jobko 7 80 Linebacker Los Angeles Rams
Don Sutherin 8 94 Defensive Back New York Giants
Russ Bowermaster 11 132 End Cleveland Browns

References

General
  • Lindy's (2002), A Championship Season...and the Battle for #1, pp. 76  .
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data
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