1901 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1901 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Conference Independent
1901 record 5–3–1
Head coach John B. Eckstorm (3rd season)
Home stadium Ohio Field
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The 1901 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was an American football team that represented Ohio State University during the 1901 college football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 5–3–1 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 94 to 56 in their third and final season under head coach John B. Eckstorm.[1]


Date Opponent Site Result
September 28 Otterbein Ohio FieldColumbus, OH T 0-0  
October 5 Wittenberg Ohio Field • Columbus, OH W 30-0  
October 12 Ohio Ohio Field • Columbus, OH W 17–0  
October 19 Marietta Ohio Field • Columbus, OH W 24-0  
October 26 Western Reserve Ohio Field • Columbus, OH W 6-5  
November 9 Michigan Ohio Field • Columbus, OH (The Game) L 0-21  
November 16 at Oberlin Oberlin, OH L 0-6  
November 23 Indiana Ohio Field • Columbus, OH L 6-18  
November 28 Kenyon Ohio Field • Columbus, OH (Thanksgiving Day Game) W 11-6  

Game summaries[edit]

Week 6: Michigan[edit]

Michigan at Ohio State
1 2Total
Michigan 16 5 21
Ohio State 0 0 0

On November 9, 1901, undefeated Ohio State, having allowed opponents to score only five points in five prior games, faced an undefeated Michigan team coached by Fielding H. Yost that had not allowed opponents to score in six previous games. The 1901 game was the third meeting in what would become the Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry, with the two teams having played to a scoreless tie in their previous match in 1900.[2]

The Buckeyes lost the 1901 game to the Wolverines by a 21–0 score in front of 4,000 spectators at Ohio Field. Prior to the game, the head coaches argued over the length of the game, Yost of Michigan insisting on regulation halves of 30 minute and Ohio State's Eckstorm insisting that the first half be limited to 25 minutes. When the umpire threatened Ohio State with a forfeiture, coach Eckstrom agreed to play regulation halves of 30 minutes.[3][4]

The Detroit Free Press noted that Ohio State's players sought to slow the pace of the game. The paper noted: "On almost every scrimmage some Ohio man would stretch out on the ground and take his full time. This playing for wind was so apparent that the Michigan players finally burlesqued it. The Ohio men could not stand the gaff, and their doctors and trainer ran more yards than both teams put together."[3] After the game, coach Yost commented on Ohio State's tactic: "Their laying down for time took much of the vim out of our team, and rested their tired out players."[4]

Ohio Governor George K. Nash attended the game and said afterward: "Football is a great game for young men who are physically fit for such a contest, and I enjoyed the game immensely, although I regretted to see our state team lose, but Michigan is entitled to the victory, and I think she was aware she had a game on her hands."[5]


  1. ^ "Ohio State Yearly Results (1900-1904)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Michigan vs. Ohio State". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Michigan Line Is Uncrossed: Only Once Did Ohio Threaten Goal (part 1)". Detroit Free Press. November 10, 1901. p. 1.
  4. ^ a b "Michigan Line Is Uncrossed (part 2)". Detroit Free Press. November 10, 1901. p. 8.
  5. ^ "Gov. Nash Saw Michigan Win". Detroit Free Press. November 10, 1901. p. 8.