1972 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–42 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 9
Record9–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
MVPGeorge Hasenohrl
Captains
  • Richard Galbos
  • George Hasenohrl
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 81,667)
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 6 Michigan + 7 1 0 10 1 0
No. 9 Ohio State + 7 1 0 9 2 0
Purdue 6 2 0 6 5 0
Michigan State 5 2 1 5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0 4 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0 5 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0 3 8 0
Iowa 2 6 1 3 7 1
Wisconsin 2 6 0 4 7 0
Northwestern 1 8 0 2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was an American football team that represented the Ohio State University in the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–2 record, including the 1973 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they lost 42–17 to the USC Trojans.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 161:30 p.m.IowaNo. 3W 21–077,098
September 301:30 p.m.North Carolina*No. 5
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 29–1486,180[1]
October 74:00 p.m.at California*No. 3W 35–1845,000
October 141:30 p.m.IllinoisNo. 4
W 26–786,298
October 211:30 p.m.IndianaNo. 4
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 44–786,365
October 282:30 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 4W 28–2078,713
November 41:30 p.m.MinnesotaNo. 5
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 27–1986,439
November 111:00 p.m.at Michigan StateNo. 5ABCL 12–1976,264
November 182:00 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 9W 27–1434,475
November 251:00 p.m.No. 3 MichiganNo. 9
ABCW 14–1187,040[2]
January 1, 19734:45 p.m.vs. No. 1 USC*No. 3NBCL 17–42106,869
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Depth chart

[3]

Coaching staff

Rankings

Main article: 1972 NCAA University Division football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking ██ Decrease in ranking
( ) = First-place votes
Week
PollPre12345678910111213Final
AP3 (4)3 (5)4 (2)5 (1)34 (1)4 (1)4 (1)5 (1)5 (1)99439
Coaches4 (2)4 (4)5 (2)6 (1)4 (1)453449843Not released

Game summaries

Iowa

1 234Total
Iowa 0 000 0
Ohio St 0 777 21
  • Date: September 16
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 1:31p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:21
  • Game attendance: 77,098
  • Game weather: Clear, 74 °F (23 °C)

[4] [5]

North Carolina

See also: 1972 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

North Carolina Tar Heels at Ohio State Buckeyes
Period 1 2 34Total
North Carolina 7 0 0714
Ohio St 3 6 14629

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: September 30, 1972
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 49 °F (9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 86,180
  • Box Score
Game information

Ohio State was the only team to beat the Tar Heels in 1972.[6]

Archie Griffin set the school single game rushing record in just his second game.

California

1 234Total
Ohio St 3 01913 35
California 0 936 18

[7]

Illinois

1 234Total
Illinois 0 700 7
Ohio St 13 607 26
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 1:33p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:29
  • Game attendance: 86,298
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 59 °F (15 °C)

[8] [9]

Indiana

1 234Total
Indiana 0 700 7
Ohio St 14 31413 44
  • Date: October 21
  • Location: Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio
  • Game start: 1:32p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:18
  • Game attendance: 86,365
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 51 °F (11 °C)

[10] [11]

Wisconsin

1 234Total
• Ohio St 14 1400 28
Wisconsin 0 776 20

[12] [13] [14]

Minnesota

1 234Total
Minnesota 13 006 19
• Ohio State 7 1406 27
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game start: 1:31p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:17
  • Game attendance: 86,439
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 49 °F (9 °C)

[15]

Michigan State

1 234Total
Ohio State 3 900 12
• Michigan State 6 670 19

[16]

Northwestern

1 234Total
• Ohio State 7 0137 27
Northwestern 0 770 14

[17]

Michigan

See also: 1972 Michigan Wolverines football team and Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry

Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes
Period 1 2 34Total
Michigan 0 3 8011
Ohio St 0 7 7014

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Game information

Ohio State made two goal line stands, one in each half, to hold on to the 14–11 victory. The first came just before halftime as Dennis Franklin fumbled on fourth down at the two. In the fourth quarter, Randy Gradishar stopped Franklin on a sneak from the one. The Buckeyes' fans tore down the goal posts with 13 seconds remaining. [18]

Vs. No. 1 USC (Rose Bowl)

1 234Total
No. 3 Buckeyes 0 737 17
No. 1 Trojans 7 02114 42

Draft picks

Player Round Pick Position NFL club
Rick Seifert 8 194 Defensive back New York Jets
George Hasenohrl 8 198 Defensive tackle New York Giants
John Bledsoe 8 203 Running back Detroit Lions
Rich Galbos 9 218 Running back Washington Redskins
Earl Belgrave 17 435 Tackle Detroit Lions

References

  1. ^ "Frosh find leads Beckeyes by N.C." The Cincinnati Enquirer. October 1, 1972. Retrieved January 24, 2024 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Curt Sylvester (November 26, 1972). "Bye, Roses! M Loses, 14-11: Goal-Line Stands Send OSU To Bowl". Detroit Free Press. p. 1E, 7E – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  3. ^ a b 1973 Ohio State Media Guide
  4. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1972 September 17.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Freshman sparkles." Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Sept 30.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 15.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 22.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1972 Oct 29.
  13. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1972 Oct 29.
  14. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1972 Nov 19.
  18. ^ "Everything Just Rosy for Ohio State." Palm Beach Post. 1972 Nov 26.