2009 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 26–17 vs. Oregon
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 5
2009 record11–2 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJim Bollman (9th season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJim Heacock (5th; 14th overall season)
Co-defensive coordinatorLuke Fickell (5th; 9th overall season)
Base defense4–3
Captain
4
  • Kurt Coleman
  • Austin Spitler
  • Doug Worthington
  • Offensive captains by game
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 102,329)
Uniform
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Ohio State $   7 1         11 2  
No. 7 Iowa %   6 2         11 2  
No. 9 Penn State   6 2         11 2  
No. 16 Wisconsin   5 3         10 3  
Northwestern   5 3         8 5  
Michigan State   4 4         6 7  
Purdue   4 4         5 7  
Minnesota   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         3 9  
Michigan   1 7         5 7  
Indiana   1 7         4 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented Ohio State University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Buckeyes were coached by Jim Tressel and played their home games in Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. They finished with a record of 11–2 (7–1 Big Ten) and won the Big Ten Conference championship. They represented the Big Ten in the 2010 Rose Bowl, which they won, 26–17, over the Pacific-10 Conference champion, Oregon. The Buckeyes became the first, and only, team to defeat five 10-win teams in the same season (Navy, Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa, and Oregon).

Before the season

Out

2009 NFL Draft class

2009 Ohio State Buckeyes NFL Draft Class
Drafted Player name Position Height Weight Drafted/Signed By
Round Choice
1 14 Jenkins, Malcolm CB 6-1 201 New Orleans Saints
1 31 Wells, Chris "Beanie" RB (JR) 6-1 237 Arizona Cardinals
2 35 Laurinaitis, James LB 6-3 240 St. Louis Rams
2 36 Robiskie, Brian WR 6-3 199 Cleveland Browns
4 102 Washington, Donald CB (JR) 6-0 194 Kansas City Chiefs
4 108 Hartline, Brian WR (JR) 6-3 188 Miami Dolphins
5 154 Freeman, Marcus LB 6-1 239 Chicago Bears
UFA - Abdallah, Nader DT 6-4 300 Baltimore Ravens
UFA - Boeckman, Todd QB 6-4 244 Jacksonville Jaguars
UFA - Boone, Alex OT 6-8 312 San Francisco 49ers
UFA - Trapasso, A.J. P 6-0 229 Tennessee Titans

Unsigned seniors

2009 Ohio State Buckeyes Unsigned Graduating Class
Player name Position Height Weight
Ebner, Doug OL 6-3 271
Gray, Bryan DT/DE 6-2 285
Lane, Shaun DB 5-10 175
Larson, J.D. TE 6-4 229
Lukens, Ryan RB 6-0 238
Mitchum, Kyle OL 6-3 291
Nicol, Rory TE 6-5 252
O'Neal, Jamario S 6-0 205
Patterson, Nick DB 6-1 209
Person, Ben OL 6-3 323
Pretorius, Ryan K 5-9 169
Rehring, Steve OT 6-7 335
Ruhl, Kyle WR 6-1 164
Skinner, Jon OL 6-5 306
Smith, Brandon TE 6-2 251
Terry, Curtis LB 6-1 229
Wells, Maurice RB 5-10 196

NFL Draft early entries

Transfers

In

2009 recruiting class

Transfers

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 5, 200912:00 p.m.Navy*No. 6ESPNW 31–27105,092[2]
September 128:00 p.m.No. 3 USC*No. 8
ESPNL 15–18106,033[3]
September 1912:00 p.m.vs. Toledo*No. 11ESPN+W 38–071,727[4]
September 263:30 p.m.IllinoisNo. 13
ABC/ESPNW 30–0105,219[5]
October 37:00 p.m.at IndianaNo. 9BTNW 33–1451,500[6]
October 103:30 p.m.WisconsinNo. 9
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ABC/ESPNW 31–13105,301[7]
October 1712:00 p.m.at PurdueNo. 7BTNL 18–2650,404[8]
October 2412:00 p.m.MinnesotadaggerNo. 18
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ESPNW 38–7105,011[9]
October 3112:00 p.m.New Mexico State*No. 17
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
BTNW 45–0104,719[10]
November 73:30 p.m.at No. 11 Penn StateNo. 15ABC/ESPN2W 24–7110,033[11]
November 143:30 p.m.No. 11 IowaNo. 10
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
ABC/ESPNW 27–24 OT105,455[12]
November 2112:00 p.m.at MichiganNo. 9ABCW 21–10110,922[13]
January 1, 20105:10 p.m.vs. No. 7 Oregon*No. 8ABCW 26–1793,963[14]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

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Coaching staff

Regular season

Navy

Navy at #6 Ohio State
1 234Total
Navy 7 0713 27
#6 Ohio State 10 10011 31

A crowd of 105,092 was the largest attendance recorded to watch the Buckeyes open a season against Navy. The Buckeyes scored first, but Navy tied it up, but the Bucks made it 20–7 at halftime. However, Ohio State nearly blew a 29–14 lead when Navy scored twice to come within 29–27. Navy's two-point conversion pass to potentially tie the game was intercepted and Ohio State returned it for a two-point defensive conversion to hold on to win for a final score of 31–27.

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USC

#3 USC at #8 Ohio State
1 234Total
#3 USC 7 308 18
#8 Ohio State 7 350 15

A crowd of 106,033, the largest in Ohio Stadium history, were in attendance as the #3 USC Trojans came to Columbus, Ohio, to face the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes. Both teams showed great defense with the game close at the half tied 10–10. After a safety and a field goal, Ohio State led 15–10 with less than five minutes to go. However, Joe McKnight and the Trojans drove down the field to score a touchdown and a two-point conversion to end the game. The final score was USC 18, Ohio State 15, with the Buckeyes losing to the Trojans for the second straight year. This was also the first time Ohio State had lost to a team that had not later gone on to a BCS Bowl game since 2004, against Purdue.

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Toledo

#11 Ohio State at Toledo
1 234Total
#11 Ohio State 14 1077 38
Toledo 0 000 0

The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Toledo Rockets met in Cleveland, Ohio, for their matchup. Toledo had scored an average of 42 points in their last two games against Purdue and Colorado. The Ohio State offense scored first with a 76-yard pass from Pryor, his longest at Ohio State, while the defense held the high scoring offense to no points in the first half. The final score was Ohio State 38, Toledo 0. This was Ohio State's first shutout since the 2008 game against Youngstown State.

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Illinois

See also: Illibuck Trophy

Illinois at #13 Ohio State
1 234Total
Illinois 0 000 0
#13 Ohio State 3 10107 30
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
    Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 3:30 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:56
  • Game attendance: 105,219
  • Game weather: Overcast, Scattered Rain, 67 F, SE 5 MPH
  • Referee: Dave Witvoet
  • TV announcers (ABC/ESPN): Ron Franklin (Play-by-play) & Ed Cunningham (Color)

The #13 Ohio State Buckeyes hosted the Illinois Fighting Illini on a rainy afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. The last time these two met at Ohio Stadium, the Illini beat the #1 Buckeyes 28–21. Ohio State relied heavily on its running game to put up 13 points in the first half; in fact, quarterback Terrelle Pryor threw for 0 passing yards in the first half. Illinois committed several turnovers and never gained any momentum; the final score was Ohio State 30, Illinois 0. This was the second straight shutout for the Buckeyes, their first consecutive shutouts since 1996.

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Indiana

#9 Ohio State at Indiana
1 234Total
#9 Ohio State 10 1427 33
Indiana 0 707 14

The #9 Ohio State Buckeyes traveled to Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana, for a night game against a Big Ten opponent, the Indiana Hoosiers. Ohio State came in posting two straight shutouts against Toledo and Illinois. The offense scored first with a field goal and a touchdown in the first quarter. However, the Hoosiers broke Ohio State's two game shutout streak with a touchdown in the second quarter. After the first half the Buckeyes led the Hoosiers 24–7. After a safety in the third quarter and a touchdown in the fourth; the Buckeyes were leading 33–7. The Hoosiers scored a touchdown at the end of the game to make the final score with Ohio State winning 33–14.

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Wisconsin

Wisconsin at #9 Ohio State
1 234Total
Wisconsin 0 1030 13
#9 Ohio State 7 7143 31

The Wisconsin Badgers came to Columbus being one of only three teams, including Ohio State, that were undefeated in Big Ten play. Ohio State scored first with a Wisconsin interception ran back for a touchdown by Kurt Coleman. The Badgers, however, scored 10 unanswered points with one minute left in the half. Terrelle Pryor led the Buckeyes on to their first offensive touchdown of the day to end the first half, the Buckeyes led 14–10. The second half started with another interception returned for a touchdown and a kick return. In total, the Buckeyes had three non-offensive touchdowns on the day. The Buckeyes won the game 31–13 to stay undefeated in the Big Ten and a 5–1 record overall.

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Purdue

#7 Ohio State at Purdue
1 234Total
#7 Ohio State 7 0011 18
Purdue 3 6143 26

The Ohio State Buckeyes traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana, on a cold October day playing against the Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue, who had lost many close games, came to play in front of their home fans at Ross-Ade Stadium. Purdue scored first with a field goal in the first quarter, but Ohio State made it 7–3 with a Pryor run for a touchdown. The second quarter was all Purdue with Boilermakers making two field goals to put them up it a 9–7 halftime. In the second half Purdue was finally able to find the end zone with two Joey Elliot touchdown passes to Valentin, making it a commanding 23–7 lead for the Boilermakers. In the fourth quarter both teams traded field goals with the score now 26–10. Purdue, however, was forced to punt midway through the fourth quarter and Ohio State quickly drove down the field to score a touchdown with a pass from Pryor to Posey, with Pryor running it in the two-point conversion. The next drive, Purdue went three and out and it seemed the momentum had shifted and Ohio State had come alive, but with a sack of Pryor and a denial of a fourth down, Purdue had the ball. After seemingly stopping Purdue, a crucial facemask penalty by the Buckeyes allowed the Boilermakers to run out the clock. This was the first time Ohio State had lost to a team that had finished the season with a losing record since losses to Wisconsin and Penn State in 2001.

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Minnesota

Minnesota at #18 Ohio State
1 234Total
Minnesota 0 007 7
#18 Ohio State 0 72110 38

The Ohio State Buckeyes returned to Ohio Stadium to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Ohio State came into the game with a loss to Purdue, trying not to lose two straight games since 2004. The game opened up with little offensive production for both teams. Ohio State scored first with a 62-yard pass to Posey. After half time Minnesota lost the opening kickoff which was recovered by Ohio State. Pryor later ran it in for a touchdown, Ohio State led 14–0. After many stops by the Ohio State defense, the offense continued rolling, at the end of the third quarter the score was 28–0 Ohio State. Two more scores in the fourth by Ohio State and a touchdown by Minnesota on Ohio State's backups ended the game. Ohio State came up with a big win over a struggling Minnesota team.

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New Mexico State

New Mexico State at #17 Ohio State
1 234Total
New Mexico State 0 000 0
#17 Ohio State 0 28170 45
  • Date: October 31
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
    Columbus, OH
  • Game start: 12:00 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:06
  • Game attendance: 104,719
  • Game weather: Overcast, 49 F, SW 15 MPH
  • Referee: John O'Neill
  • TV announcers (BTN): Matt Rosen (Play-by-play) & Anthony Herron (Color)

The Ohio State Buckeyes came to Ohio Stadium to play a game against an out of conference opponent New Mexico State. The #17 Buckeyes came in a forty-point favorite, and lived up to that prediction. Ohio State got off to a slow start, scoring no points in the first quarter. However, Ohio State came back 28 unanswered points in the second quarter. After a great first half, Pryor was taken out and Ohio State went on to score 17 more points and beat the Aggies 45–0. This was Ohio State's third shutout of the season.

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Penn State

See also: Ohio State–Penn State football rivalry

#15 Ohio State at #11 Penn State
1 234Total
#15 Ohio State 7 377 24
#11 Penn State 0 700 7

The Buckeyes headed to Pennsylvania to take on favored Penn State in a Big Ten matchup. This was Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor's first game at Penn State, very near his hometown of Jeannette, and many Penn State fans had expressed their dismay that he decided to play at Ohio State. The game was a one-sided affair, with Ohio State's defense holding the Nittany Lions to just one touchdown, while the Buckeyes scored in every quarter, including two touchdown passes by Pryor. However, special teams play gave the Buckeyes the biggest boost of all, including two Ray Small punt returns that allowed Ohio State to make the game into a laugher, despite their four scoring drives totalling 178 yards. With Iowa's loss this week, the Buckeyes moved into a tie for first in the Big Ten.

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Iowa

#15 Iowa at #10 Ohio State
1 234OTTotal
#15 Iowa 3 07140 24
#10 Ohio State 0 100143 27

The Buckeyes stayed home to take on Iowa, with an automatic BCS bowl game berth and at least a share of the Big Ten championship on the line. Both teams traded field goals, but Ohio State took the lead before halftime with a 22-yard run by Brandon Saine. Iowa struck back in the third on a 9-yard pass to Marvin McNutt from freshman QB James Vanderberg. In the fourth, the Buckeyes scored two touchdowns in under two minutes, seemingly putting the game away. However, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos returned the ensuing kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and Vandenberg connected with McNutt again to send the game into overtime. On their first possession, Iowa got pushed out of field goal range and ended up not scoring. Ohio State took over and Devin Barclay kicked the game-winning field goal. The Buckeyes clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title for their 5th straight year, and earned the Big Ten's automatic BCS bowl bid to the 2010 Rose Bowl.

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Overtime


Michigan

See also: Michigan–Ohio State football rivalry

#9 Ohio State at Michigan
1 234Total
#9 Ohio State 7 770 21
Michigan 0 370 10

The Buckeyes headed into Ann Arbor to take on archrival Michigan in their final regular season game. The first score came by Ohio State, when Cameron Heyward recovered a Tate Forcier fumble in the end zone. Jason Olesnavage hit a field goal for Michigan, but Brandon Saine came back with a 29-yard run. Michigan and Ohio State traded touchdowns in the third, but Michigan could not recover from Forcier's four interceptions. With the win, Ohio State won the Big Ten title outright, and extended their longest winning streak ever against Michigan to six games.

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2010 Rose Bowl

Oregon

See also: 2009 Oregon Ducks football team and 2010 Rose Bowl

#8 Ohio State at #7 Oregon
1 234Total
Ohio State 10 637 26
Oregon 0 1070 17

Ohio State has played in 13 Rose Bowl Games with a record of 6–7, winning its last appearance over Arizona State 20–17. Oregon plays its fifth Rose Bowl Game and has a record of 1–3. It has not won a Rose Bowl game in 92 years since that first victory over Pennsylvania 14–0 in 1917.[16]

Ohio State struck first, with Brandon Saine scoring on a 13-yard pass from Terrelle Pryor on the Buckeyes' first drive. Devin Barclay added a field goal near the end of the first quarter. Oregon came back to tie in the second, with a field goal by Morgan Flint and a 3-yard touchdown run by LaGarrette Blount. Ohio State retook the lead with two field goals before halftime. In the third, Jeremiah Masoli gave the Ducks their first lead with a 1-yard run. Then Barclay hit another field goal to give Ohio State the lead back. In the fourth, the Buckeyes scored another touchdown to give them a nine-point lead, and the win was sealed when Flint missed a 45-yard field goal which would have drawn the Ducks within 6. The final score was Ohio State 26, Oregon 17.

The Buckeyes set a Rose Bowl record with a time of possession of 41 minutes, 37 seconds.

Rankings

See also: 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 6 8 11 13 9 9 7 18 17 15 10 9 9 8 8 5 
Coaches 6 7 11 11 9 8 7 17 15 12 8 8 8 7 8 5 
Harris Not released 8 8 7 17 15 13 8 8 8 7 7 Not released 
BCS Not released 19 17 16 11 10 10 8 8 Not released

References

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  7. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Box Score". ESPN. October 10, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Purdue Boilermakers Box Score". ESPN. October 17, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Box Score". ESPN. October 24, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "New Mexico State Aggies vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Box Score". ESPN. October 31, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  11. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions Box Score". ESPN. November 7, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  12. ^ "Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Ohio State Buckeyes Box Score". ESPN. November 14, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  13. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Michigan Wolverines Box Score". ESPN. November 21, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
  14. ^ "Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Oregon Ducks Box Score". ESPN. January 1, 2010. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved March 9, 2010.
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  16. ^ 2010 Tournament Times, A publication of the Tournament of Roses Association, 121st Edition, Winter 2009