1973 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl champion
National Champion (NCF, PS, R(FACT), SR)
Rose Bowl, W 42–21 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 2
Record10–0–1 (7–0–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
MVPArchie Griffin
Captains
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 82,567)
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Ohio State + 7 0 1 10 0 1
No. 6 Michigan + 7 0 1 10 0 1
Minnesota 6 2 0 7 4 0
Illinois 4 4 0 5 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0 5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0 5 6 0
Northwestern 4 4 0 4 7 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0 4 7 0
Indiana 0 8 0 2 9 0
Iowa 0 8 0 0 11 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1973 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 10–0–1 record, including the 1974 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they won, 42–21, against the USC Trojans. The Ohio State Buckeyes were named national champion by the National Championship Foundation, Poling System, David Rothman (statistician) and the Sagarin Ratings, but this championship is not claimed by Ohio State.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 151:30 p.m.MinnesotaNo. 3W 56–786,005
September 291:30 p.m.TCU*No. 3
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 37–387,439
October 61:30 p.m.Washington State*No. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 27–387,425
October 132:00 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 1W 24–077,413
October 201:30 p.m.at IndianaNo. 1W 37–753,183
October 271:30 p.m.NorthwesterndaggerNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 60–087,453
November 32:00 p.m.at IllinoisNo. 1W 30–060,707
November 101:30 p.m.Michigan StateNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 35–087,600
November 171:30 p.m.IowaNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 55–1387,447
November 2412:30 p.m.at No. 4 MichiganNo. 1ABCT 10–10105,223
January 1, 19745:00 p.m.vs. No. 7 USC*No. 4NBCW 42–21105,267
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Personnel

1973 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
OL 59 Ronald Ayers
WR 87 Mike Bartoszek
WB 48 Brian Baschnagel
OL 58 Charles Baxter
RB 34 Dan Bembry
WB 13 Morris Bradshaw
OL 73 Scott Dannelley
OL 50 Michael Datish
FB, LB 36 Bruce Elia Jr
WR 8 Bill Ezzo
OL 77 Doug France
RB 22 Richard Gales
OL 66 Larry Graf
QB 7 Cornelius Greene So
RB 45 Archie Griffin So
QB 18 Greg Hare (C) Sr
WR 82 Dave Hazel
FB 38 Champ Henson
OT 74 John Hicks Sr
RB 27 Tim Holycross
RB 44 John Hughes
OL 61 John Husband
FB 33 Pete Johnson So
FB 4 Randal Keith
OL 55 Dwight King
OL 56 Stephen Koegel
G 63 Jim Kregel
OL 51 Gary Lillvis
RB 47 Elmer Lippert
OL 64 William Lukens
G 69 Dick Mack
RB 35 David Mazeroski
QB 14 Gary McCutcheon
RB 2 Larry Molls
WR 9 Robert Murphy
C 52 Steve Myers
QB 16 Jim Pacenta
TE 80 Fred Pagac
OL 68 Louis Petrini
TE 89 Ted Powell
QB 19 Dave Purdy
OL 65 Barney Renard
RB 41 Woody Roach
OT 72 Kurt Schumacher
OL 76 Dan Scott
TE 85 John Smurda
OL 57 Mark Straka
OL 60 Thomas Swank
QB 9 Kenneth Thompson
OL 70 Robert Willard
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 95 Richard Applegate
DL 92 Marvin Battle
LB 37 Brian Bowers
DL 84 Robert Brudzinski
DL 75 Nick Buonamici
DB 23 Craig Cassady
DL 78 Robert Coan
CB 20 Neal Colzie
DE 91 Jim Cope
LB 98 James Cramer
DL 90 Patrick Curto
DT 71 Pete Cusick
DT 67 Dan Cutillo
DB 16 Jeff Davis
DB 29 Jerome Davis
DE 88 Van DeCree
S 12 Tim Fox
DB 25 Robert Gentry
LB 53 Randy Gradishar
LB 42 Arnie Jones
DL 49 Larry Kain
DL 14 Robert Kelly
DB 21 Carl Kern
LB 62 Vic Koegel
LB 54 Ken Kuhn
DB 46 Steve Luke
DL 81 Thomas Marendt
DB 30 Lou Mathis
LB 32 Rick Middleton (C)
DB 11 Max Midlam
DL 79 Craig Nemitz
DL 99 Lawrence O'Rourke
DB 24 Rich Parsons
DB 28 Doug Plank
LB 35 Rocco Rich
DB 43 Bruce Ruhl
LB 97 Ted Smith
LB 39 Harold Thornton
DB 6 Monty Thompson
DL 93 Edward Trepanier
DL 83 Louis Willott
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 3 Blair Conway
P 5 Mike Keeton
K Tom Klaban
P 1 Tom Skladany Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2015-Dec-05

Game summaries

Minnesota

Minnesota Golden Gophers (0–0) at #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (0–0)
1 2 34Total
Minnesota 0 7 007
Ohio State 14 21 71456

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: September 15
  • Game weather: 74 °F (23 °C)
  • Game attendance: 86,005
  • Box Score
Game information

[1]

TCU

TCU Horned Frogs (1–0) at #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (1–0)
1 2 34Total
TCU 0 3 003
Ohio State 14 17 0637

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: September 29
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Rain, 78 °F (26 °C)
  • Game attendance: 87,439
Game information

Washington State

Washington State Cougars (1–2) at #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (2–0)
1 2 34Total
Washington State 0 3 003
Ohio State 0 14 13027

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: October 6
  • Game weather: Sunny, 65 °F (18 °C)
  • Game attendance: 87425
  • Box Score
Game information

[2]

at Wisconsin

#1 Ohio State Buckeyes (3–0) at Wisconsin Badgers (1–3)
1 2 34Total
Ohio State 7 0 71024
Wisconsin 0 0 000

at Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny, 68 °F (20 °C)
  • Game attendance: 77,413
  • Referee: Glenn Fortin
  • Box Score
Game information

at Indiana

#1 Ohio State Buckeyes (4–0) at Indiana Hoosiers (2–3)
1 2 34Total
Ohio State 7 17 7637
Indiana 0 0 077

at Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Indiana

  • Date: October 20
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: Clear, 65 °F (18 °C)
  • Game attendance: 53,183
  • Box Score
Game information

[3]

Northwestern

Northwestern Wildcats (2–4) at #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (5–0)
1 2 34Total
Northwestern 0 0 000
Ohio State 0 27 26760

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: October 27
  • Game time: 1:35 p.m.
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 61 °F (16 °C)
  • Game attendance: 87,453
  • Box Score
Game information

[4]

at Illinois

#1 Ohio State Buckeyes (6–0) at Illinois Fighting Illini (5–2)
1 2 34Total
Ohio State 3 0 72030
Illinois 0 0 000

at Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Clear, 53 °F (12 °C)
  • Game attendance: 60,707
  • Box Score
Game information

[5]

Michigan State

Michigan State Spartans (3–5) at #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (7–0)
1 2 34Total
Michigan State 0 0 000
Ohio State 7 14 7735

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Game weather: 36 °F (2 °C)
  • Game attendance: 87,600
  • Box Score
Game information

[6]

Iowa

Iowa Hawkeyes (0–9) at #1 Ohio State Buckeyes (8–0)
1 2 34Total
Iowa 0 0 01313
Ohio State 14 13 21755

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

  • Date: November 17
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Clear, 42 °F (6 °C)
  • Game attendance: 87,447
  • Box Score
Game information

[7]

at Michigan

#1 Ohio State Buckeyes (9–0) at #4 Michigan Wolverines (10–0)
1 2 34Total
Ohio State 0 10 0010
Michigan 0 0 01010

at Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 12:05 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 50 °F (10 °C)
  • Game attendance: 105,223
  • TV: ABC
  • Box Score
Game information

Cornelius Greene played with injured thumb (did not attempt a pass) [8]

Rose Bowl (vs. USC)

Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State Buckeyes (9–0–1) vs. #7 USC Trojans (9–1–1)
1 2 34Total
USC 3 11 7021
Ohio State 7 7 131542

at Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

  • Date: January 1, 1974
  • Game time: 2:00 p.m. PST
  • Game attendance: 105,267
  • TV announcers (NBC): Curt Gowdy and Al DeRogatis
  • Box Score
Game information

MVP - Cornelius Greene 174 yards total offense, rush TD [9]

1974 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
John Hicks 1 3 Guard New York Giants
Rick Middleton 1 13 Linebacker New Orleans Saints
Randy Gradishar 1 14 Linebacker Denver Broncos
Morris Bradshaw 4 93 Wide Receiver Oakland Raiders
Gregg Hare 8 203 Quarterback Buffalo Bills
Dan Scott 9 224 Guard Cleveland Browns
Jim Kregel 10 243 Guard Pittsburgh Steelers
Vic Koegel 12 304 Linebacker Atlanta Falcons

References

  1. ^ "Ohio State Powers to 56-7 Romp Over Gophers." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Sept 16.
  2. ^ "Sub Fullback leads Buckeyes to Victory." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Oct 7. Retrieved 2015-Nov-05.
  3. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1973 Oct 21.
  4. ^ "Ohio State Hits Quickly." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Oct 28.
  5. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1973 Nov 4.
  6. ^ "Colzie, Griffin Lead Ohio State to Victory." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Nov 11.
  7. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1973 Nov 18.
  8. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1973 Nov 25.
  9. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1974 Jan 2.