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1980 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State buckeyes logo.png
Fiesta Bowl, L 31-19 vs. Penn State
Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #15
AP #15
1980 record 9-3 (7-1 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
« 1979 1981 »

The 1980 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1980-1981. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1980 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, where they lost 31–19 to the Penn State Nittany Lions.



Date Opponent Site Result
September 13* Syracuse Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 31-21  
September 20 Minnesota Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 47-0  
September 27* Arizona State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 38-21  
October 4* UCLA Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 0-17  
October 11 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 63-0  
October 18 Indiana Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 27-17  
October 25 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin W 21-0  
November 1 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumLansing, Michigan W 48-16  
November 8 Illinois Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio W 49-42  
November 15 at Iowa Kinnick StadiumIowa City, Iowa W 41-7  
November 22 Michigan Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio L 3-9  
December 26* vs. Penn State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl) L 19-31  
*Non-Conference Game.

Coaching staff

1981 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Doug Donley 2 53 Wide Receiver Dallas Cowboys
Al Washington 4 86 Linebacker New York Jets
Todd Bell 4 95 Defensive Back Chicago Bears
Calvin Murray 4 110 Running Back Philadelphia Eagles
Keith Ferguson 5 131 Defensive End San Diego Chargers
Vince Skillings 6 163 Defensive Back Dallas Cowboys
Robert Murphy 10 274 Defensive Back Atlanta Falcons
Ray Ellis 12 331 Defensive Back Philadelphia Eagles


Win/Loss statistics
Draft data


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