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2001 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State buckeyes logo.png
Outback Bowl, L 31-28 vs. South Carolina
Conference Big Ten
2001 record 7-5 (5-3 Big Ten)
Head coach Jim Tressel
Offensive coordinator Jim Bollman
Defensive coordinator Mark Dantonio

Home stadium

Ohio Stadium
« 2000 2002 »

The 2001 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 2001-2002. It marked their first season under new head coach Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes compiled a 7–5 record, capped by a 26–20 victory over their fierce rival the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor in the regular season finale. The Buckeyes went on to play in the 2002 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, where they lost 31–28 to the South Carolina Gamecocks.



The 2001 Ohio State Buckeyes football season marked a transition from former head coach John Cooper to new head coach Jim Tressel. Tressel was beginning his first season as head coach at the Division 1-A level as the 22nd head coach of the Buckeyes. He came from Youngstown State University where he led the Penguins to four national championships at the Division 1-AA level. The Buckeyes finished the 2000 season with an 8-4 record and Coach Cooper was later fired on January 2, 2001.[1].

Prior to Cooper's firing, the Buckeyes were ranked 23rd in the AP Poll, losing in the 2001 Outback Bowl to the South Carolina Gamecocks by a score of 24-7.[2]


Date Ranking Opponent Result Score Venue
September 8 vs. *Akron W 28 14 Columbus, OhioOhio Stadium
September 22 @ *UCLA L 6 13 Pasadena, CaliforniaRose Bowl
September 29 @ Indiana W 27 14 Bloomington, IndianaMemorial Stadium
October 6 vs. Northwestern W 38 20 Columbus, OhioOhio Stadium
October 13 vs. Wisconsin L 17 20 Columbus, OhioOhio Stadium
October 20 vs. *#San Diego State W 27 12 Columbus, OhioOhio Stadium
October 27 @ Penn State L 27 29 State College, PennsylvaniaBeaver Stadium
November 3 @ Minnesota W 31 28 Minneapolis, MinnesotaThe Metrodome
November 10 vs. Purdue W 35 9 Columbus, OhioOhio Stadium
November 17 vs. Illinois L 22 34 Columbus, OhioOhio Stadium
November 24 @ Michigan W 26 20 Ann Arbor, MichiganMichigan Stadium
January 1 vs. ° South Carolina L 28 31 Tampa, FloridaRaymond James Stadium
*Non-conference opponent #(Originally scheduled 9/15; Postponed due to the events of 9/11) • °2002 Outback Bowl

Coaching staff

2002 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
LeCharles Bentley 2 44 Guard New Orleans Saints
Derek Ross 3 75 Defensive Back Dallas Cowboys
Jonathan Wells 4 99 Running Back Houston Texans
Darnell Sanders 4 122 Tight End Cleveland Browns
Jamar Martin 4 129 Fullback Dallas Cowboys
Courtland Bullard 5 167 Linebacker St. Louis Rams
Tyson Walter 6 179 Center Dallas Cowboys
Steve Bellisari 6 205 Quarterback St. Louis Rams


  1. ^ Rovnak, Paul (January 3, 2001), "Cooper Fired, Geiger cites "deteriorating climate", The Lantern  
  2. ^ "Ohio State Historical Scores". Retrieved 2008-08-23.  
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