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1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State buckeyes logo.png
National Football Foundation National Champions
Big Ten Champions
Rose Bowl, L 27-17 vs. Stanford
Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #2 - December 8th
AP #5
1970 record 9-1 (7-0 Big Ten)
Head coach Woody Hayes
Offensive scheme Heavy Run

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
« 1969 1971 »

The 1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1970 college football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–0 regular season record to attain a #2 ranking. Ohio State won the Big Ten Conference title and a berth in the 1971 Rose Bowl in Pasadena against the Stanford Indians, ranked #12 and champions of the Pac-8.



Date Opponent Site TV Result
September 26* Texas A&M Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 56-13  
October 3* Duke Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 34-10  
October 10 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumLansing, Michigan W 29-0  
October 17 Minnesota Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 28-8  
October 24 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Illinois W 48-29  
October 31 Northwestern Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 24-10  
November 7 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin W 24-7  
November 14 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana W 10-7  
November 21 Michigan Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 20-9  
January 1* vs. Stanford Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) NBC L 17-27  
*Non-Conference Game.

New Year's Day

In the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, top-ranked and defending national champion Texas was upset 24-11 by #6 Notre Dame, ending the Longhorns' 30-game winning streak.

Heavily-favored Ohio State could claim their second national title in three years that afternoon with a Rose Bowl victory over Stanford in Pasadena. Stanford (8-3) was led by quarterback Jim Plunkett, the 1970 Heisman Trophy winner. The Indians had climbed to a 6-0 conference record and 8-1 overall, but lost their final two regular season games, to Sugar Bowl-bound Air Force and arch-rival California. Stanford lost earlier in the season at home to Purdue, a team OSU defeated on the road.

The Buckeyes led Stanford by four points after three quarters, but were outscored 14-0 in the fourth quarter and lost 27-17. Later that night, #3 Nebraska won the Orange Bowl 17-12 over #5 LSU in Miami to claim the top spot in the AP writers poll.

Coaching staff

1971 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
John Brockington 1 9 Running Back Green Bay Packers
Jack Tatum 1 19 Defensive Back Oakland Raiders
William Anderson 1 23 Defensive Back San Francisco 49ers
Leo Hayden 1 24 Running Back Minnesota Vikings
Jan White 2 29 Tight End Buffalo Bills
Jim Stillwagon 5 124 Linebacker Green Bay Packers
Doug Adams 7 165 Linebacker Denver Broncos
Mike Sensibaugh 8 191 Defensive Back Kansas City Chiefs
Larry Zelina 8 196 Running Back Cleveland Browns
Bruce Jankowski 10 250 Wide Receiver Kansas City Chiefs
Rex Kern 10 260 Defensive Back Baltimore Colts
Ron Maciejowski 15 376 Quarterback Chicago Bears
Mark Debevc 16 405 Linebacker Cincinnati Bengals


Win/Loss statistics
Draft data


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