1891 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1891 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Conference Independent
1891 record 2–3
Head coach Alexander S. Lilley (2nd season)
Captain Richard Ellis
Frank Haas
George Pearce
Home stadium Recreation Park
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The 1891 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University in the 1891 college football season. They played all their home games at Recreation Park and were coached by Alexander S. Lilley. The Buckeyes finished the season with a 2–3 record.[1]

This season was very uneven for Ohio State. Richard Ellis was elected captain at the beginning of the season, but he broke his leg during the game against Adelbert College (the undergraduate college of Western Reserve University). Frank Haas served as captain during the Kenyon game. Baseball captain George Pearce took over the football team for the Denison game on Thanksgiving. The Denison game gave Ohio State its first victory since their first-ever game on May 3, 1890. [1]

Among the members of the Ohio State team in 1891 was future Spink Award-winning sportswriter Hugh Fullerton.[1]


Date Opponent Site Result
October 17 at Otterbein Westerville, OH L 6–42  
November 11 Adelbert Recreation ParkColumbus, OH L 6–50  
November 14 at Kenyon Gambier, OH L 0–26  
November 26 Denison Recreation Park • Columbus, OH W 8–4  
December 5 at Buchtel Akron, OH W 6–0  


  1. ^ a b c Roman, Robert J. (2017). Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn. University of Akron Press. ISBN 1629220663.