1984 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

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1984 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–20 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 12
AP No. 13
1984 record 9–3 (7–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce (6th season)
MVP Keith Byars
Captain Pepper Johnson
Captain Mark Krerowicz
Captain Kirk Lowdermilk
Captain Mike Tomczak
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,290)
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 13 Ohio State $ 7 2 0     9 3 0
Illinois 6 3 0     7 4 0
Purdue 6 3 0     7 5 0
No. 16 Iowa 5 3 1     8 4 1
Wisconsin 5 3 1     7 4 1
Michigan 5 4 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 5 4 0     6 6 0
Minnesota 3 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 7 0     2 9 0
Indiana 0 9 0     0 11 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1984 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1985 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they lost, 20–17, to the USC Trojans.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 12:00 p.m. Oregon State* No. 6 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio SV W 22–14   88,072
September 15 3:30 p.m. Washington State* No. 9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio SV W 44–0   89,297
September 22 1:30 p.m. No. 14 Iowa No. 5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio SV W 45–26   89,733
September 29 8:00 p.m. at Minnesota No. 3 The MetrodomeMinneapolis W 35–22   47,543
October 6 2:30 p.m. at Purdue No. 2 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana L 23–28   66,261
October 13 3:30 p.m. Illinois No. 8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio (Illibuck Trophy) CBS/WOSU W 45–38   89,937
October 20 1:00 p.m. at Michigan State No. 8 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan W 23–20   75,123
October 27 12:00 p.m. at Wisconsin No. 6 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, Wisconsin CBS L 14–16   78,606
November 3 1:30 p.m. Indiana No. 16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio W 50-7   89,366
November 10 2:30 p.m. at Northwestern No. 13 Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois W 52–3   31,087
November 17 12:00 p.m. Michigan No. 11 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, Ohio (The Game) CBS W 21–6   90,286
January 1, 1985 5:00 p.m. vs. No. 18 USC* No. 6 Rose BowlPasadena, California (Rose Bowl) NBC L 17–20   102,594
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Depth chart[edit]

[1]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Earle Bruce – Head Coach – 6th year
  • Gary Blackney – Defensive Backs (1st year)
  • Bill Conley – Offense (1st year)
  • Steve Devine – Offensive Line (2nd year)
  • Randy Hart – Defensive Line (3rd year)
  • Glen Mason – Offensive Coordinator (7th year)
  • Bill Myles – Offensive Line (8th year)
  • Fred Pagac – Defensive Linebackers (3rd year)
  • Jim Tressel – Quarterbacks (2nd year)
  • Bob Tucker – Defensive Coordinator (6th year)

Game summaries[edit]

Oregon State[edit]

1 234Total
Oregon St 7 700 14
Ohio State 0 3127 22
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game attendance: 88,297

Washington State[edit]

1 234Total
WSU 0 000 0
Ohio State 3 20021 44
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game attendance: 88,297

Iowa[edit]

1 234Total
Iowa 3 1760 26
Ohio State 10 2177 45
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game attendance: 89,733

Minnesota[edit]

1 234Total
Ohio State 7 1477 35
Minnesota 0 777 21
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Metrodome, Minneapolis
  • Game attendance: 47,543

Purdue[edit]

1 234Total
Ohio State 7 376 23
Purdue 7 0714 28
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Game attendance: 66,261

Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
Illinois 17 7113 38
• Ohio St 0 211410 45
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:28
  • Game attendance: 89,937
  • Game weather: Mostly sunny; 61°F; wind 5–6 SE
  • Referee: Otho Kortz

[2]

Michigan State[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Indiana[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

Michigan[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan 0 330 6
• Ohio St 7 0140 21
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 90,286
  • Game weather: Mostly sunny; 38°F; wind 3 W
  • Referee: Otho Kortz

[3]

[4]

Rose Bowl[edit]

Rose Bowl
1 234Total
Ohio St 3 338 17
• USC 10 730 20
  • Rich Spangler's 52 yard field goal (Rose Bowl record)
  • Cris Carter 9 Rec, 172 Yds

[5] [6]

1985 NFL draftees[edit]

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Jim Lachey 1 12 Tackle San Diego Chargers
Kirk Lowdermilk 3 59 Center Minnesota Vikings
Mark Krerowicz 6 147 Guard Cleveland Browns

References[edit]

Win/Loss statistics
Draft data