1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football
AP Poll national champion
Big Ten champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
APNo. 1
Record9–1 (5–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive schemeHeavy run
Base defenseMulti
MVPCharles Csuri
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 66,210)
Seasons
← 1941
1943 →
1942 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 1 Ohio State $ 5 1 0 9 1 0
No. 3 Wisconsin 4 1 0 8 1 1
No. 9 Michigan 3 2 0 7 3 0
Illinois 3 2 0 6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 0 6 4 0
No. 19 Minnesota 3 3 0 5 4 0
Indiana 2 2 0 7 3 0
Purdue 1 4 0 1 8 0
Northwestern 0 6 0 1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was an American football team that represented Ohio State University in the Big Ten Conference during the 1942 season. In their second season under head coach Paul Brown, the team compiled a 9–1 record, outscored opponents by a total of 337 to 114, won the Big Ten championship, and was ranked No. 1 in the final AP poll, thus earning the Buckeyes their first AP national championship.

The team was led by wingback Les Horvath, quarterback and team captain George Lynn, and halfback Gene Fekete. Fekete led the Big 10 with 910 rushing yards.

The Buckeyes' only loss was to No. 3 Wisconsin. Half of the Buckeye players contracted an intestinal disorder after drinking from an unsanitary drinking fountain on the train to Madison.[citation needed] Horvath then led the Buckeyes to three scores through the air to upset Michigan.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 26Fort Knox*No. 1W 59–022,555
October 3IndianaNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 32–2148,227
October 10USC*No. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 28–1256,436
October 17PurdueNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 26–045,943
October 24at NorthwesternNo. 1W 20–640,000
October 31at No. 6 WisconsinNo. 1L 7–1745,000
November 7Pittsburgh*No. 6
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 59–1934,893
November 14vs. No. 13 IllinoisNo. 10W 44–2068,586
November 21No. 4 MichiganNo. 5
W 21–771,691
November 28Iowa Pre-Flight*No. 3
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 41–1227,259
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Coaching staff

Awards

All-Americans

All-Big Ten

Big Ten Scholar/Athlete

1943 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Les Horvath 6 45 Halfback Cleveland Rams
Bill Vickroy 12 105 Center Cleveland Rams
Don McCafferty 13 116 End New York Giants

References

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