1974 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 17–18 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 4
Record10–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
MVPArchie Griffin
CaptainNeal Colzie
Pete Cusick
Archie Griffin
Arnold Jones
Steve Myers
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,080)
← 1973
1975 →
1974 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Ohio State + 7 1 0 10 2 0
No. 3 Michigan + 7 1 0 10 1 0
No. 12 Michigan State 6 1 1 7 3 1
Wisconsin 5 3 0 7 4 0
Illinois 4 3 1 6 4 1
Purdue 3 5 0 4 6 1
Minnesota 2 6 0 4 7 0
Iowa 2 6 0 3 8 0
Northwestern 2 6 0 3 8 0
Indiana 1 7 0 1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1974 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was an American football team that represented the Ohio State University in the 1974 Big Ten Conference football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 10–2 record, including the 1975 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where they lost, 18–17, to the USC Trojans.

1974 was the first season in which Ohio State played an 11-game regular season schedule. The NCAA allowed teams to schedule 11 regular season games beginning in 1970, but the Buckeyes played only nine regular season games in 1970, their last nine-game regular season. Ohio State played 10 regular season games in 1971, '72 and '73.


September 142:30 p.m.at MinnesotaNo. 4W 34–1945,511
September 211:30 p.m.Oregon State*No. 2W 51–1086,383
September 281:30 p.m.SMU*No. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 28–987,487
October 54:30 p.m.vs. Washington State*No. 1W 42–750,000
October 121:30 p.m.WisconsinNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 52–787,717
October 191:30 p.m.IndianaNo. 1
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 49–987,071
October 262:30 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 1W 55–742,337
November 21:30 p.m.IllinoisdaggerNo. 1
W 49–787,813
November 912:30 p.m.at Michigan StateNo. 1ABCL 13–1678,533
November 162:30 p.m.at IowaNo. 4W 35–1048,700
November 231:00 p.m.No. 2 MichiganNo. 3
ABCW 12–1088,243
January 1, 19755:00 p.m.vs. No. 5 USC*No. 3NBCL 17–18106,721
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time


1974 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
TE Mike Bartoszek
WR 48 Brian Baschnagel Jr
OL Scott Dannelley
TE Doug France
QB Cornelius Greene Jr
RB Archie Griffin (C) Jr
RB Ray Griffin
WR Dave Hazel
FB Champ Henson
WR Tim Holycross
TE Bob Hyatt
FB Pete Johnson
TE Larry Kain
TE Bob Lillie
RB Jeff Logan
OL Dick Mack
RB Dave Mazeroski
QB Steve Morrison
OL Steve Myers
QB Jim Pacenta
OL Lou Pietrini
QB Pete Prather
QB Dave Purdy
RB Woody Roach
RB Bob Robertson
QB Tony Ross
OL Kurt Schumacher
OL Ted Smith
RB Louis Willott
RB Lenny Willis
Pos. # Name Class
LB Brian Bowers
DL Bob Brudzinski
DL Nick Buonamici
DB 20 Neal Colzie (C)
DL Jim Cope
DL Pete Cusick
DL Van DeCree
LB Bruce Elia
DB Tim Fox
LB Arnie Jones
LB Ken Kuhn
DB 46 Steve Luke Sr
DB Rich Parsons
DB Doug Plank
DB Bruce Ruhl
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K, P Tom Skladany
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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


Depth chart


Coaching staff

Season summary

at Minnesota

See also: 1974 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team

#4 Ohio State Buckeyes (0–0) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (0–0)
Period 1 2 34Total
Ohio St 7 14 7634
Minnesota 3 0 01619

at Memorial Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: September 14, 1974
  • Game weather: Sunny • 69 °F (21 °C) • Wind 18 miles per hour (29 km/h; 16 kn)
  • Game attendance: 45,511
  • Box Score
Game information

Archie Griffin sets school career rushing record

Oregon State

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Washington State

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Michigan State

Ohio State fans still insist that Brian Baschnagel scored from one yard out on the final play at Michigan State on November 9. The game officials ruled otherwise, and the Buckeyes suffered a 16-13 loss that cost them the no.1 ranking. Ohio State entered the game at 8-0 and the Spartans were 4-3-1. The frantic, final play occurred after Champ Henson was stopped within inches of the goal line with 13 seconds remaining. Ohio State was out of timeouts, and Michigan State's players were slow getting off the pile. The Buckeyes scrambled and snapped the ball, but it went through QB Cornelius Greene's legs. Baschnagel picked it up and ran into the end zone. Head linesman Ed Scheck signaled touchdown, but field judge Robert Dagenhardt ruled that time had run out before the play began. Fans of each school climbed atop the goalposts, uncertain which team had won. 46 minutes later, with about 40,000 of the 78,533 fans still in the stadium, the public address announcer told the half-empty stadium that Big Ten commissioner Wayne Duke had decided the officials were correct in ruling that time has expired. Referee Gene Calhoun also said the Buckeyes would have been penalized if time had not run out because they didn't come to a one-second set before the snap of the ball.


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Rose Bowl

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Awards and honors

1975 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Kurt Schumacher 1 12 Guard New Orleans Saints
Doug France 1 20 Tackle Los Angeles Rams
Neal Colzie 1 24 Defensive back Oakland Raiders
Peter Cusick 3 66 Nose tackle New England Patriots
Steve Luke 4 88 Defensive back Green Bay Packers
Champ Henson 4 89 Running back Minnesota Vikings
Bruce Elia 4 100 Linebacker Miami Dolphins
Jim Cope 5 119 Linebacker Cleveland Browns
Dave Hazel 11 261 Wide receiver Baltimore Colts
Steve Myers 11 275 Guard Detroit Lions
Doug Plank 12 291 Defensive back Chicago Bears
Larry O'Rourke 14 354 Defensive tackle Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Bartoszek 17 430 Tight end New York Jets


  1. ^ 1975 Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. ^ "Heisman.com - Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-11. Retrieved 2007-04-16.