1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team
The 1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1957 Big Ten Conference football season. The team was led by captains Galen Cisco and Leo Brown. They were the third national title team in Ohio State football history. They were coached by Hall of Fame coach Woody Hayes. The Buckeyes were awarded the title by the UPI Coaches Poll and represented the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl.
|1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football|
Coaches' Poll national champion
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1957 record||9–1 (7–0 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Woody Hayes (7th season)|
|Offensive scheme||Heavy run|
|Defensive coordinator||Lyal Clark|
|Home stadium||Ohio Stadium|
|1957 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 2 Ohio State $||7||–||0||–||0||9||–||1||–||0|
|No. 3 Michigan State||5||–||1||–||0||8||–||1||–||0|
|No. 6 Iowa||4||–||1||–||1||7||–||1||–||1|
|No. 19 Wisconsin||4||–||3||–||0||6||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The Buckeyes finished the 1956 season with a two shut-out losses to Iowa and Michigan. Going into the 1957 season fans had a feeling of rebuilding. The feeling was made stronger with an opening loss to unranked TCU. To make matters worse, Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa were all ranked in the Top 6 of the AP Poll Rankings while Ohio State would not be ranked until late October. Coach Hayes rallied the team every week and made them better following this loss.
The Buckeyes came back with a big win at Washington and victories over Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue, along with crushing victories over Indiana and Northwestern. A shocking Purdue upset over #2 Michigan State, a tie between Michigan and Iowa, and Minnesota’s unraveling season after a loss to Illinois continued to help the Buckeyes.
It was a late star performance by sophomore fullback Bob White against unbeaten Iowa that pushed the team even further. Trailing 13–10 and on their own 32-yard line, White ran on six of the eight plays for 66 out of the 68 yards, capped off by a 5-yard touchdown run.
A victory over Michigan moved the Bucks up to #2 in the AP, behind Auburn. However, the UPI Coaches' poll voted OSU #1 and Auburn #2. The Bucks were also declared #1 by the Football Writers Association Poll. Since Auburn was on probation during their 1957 season and did not participate in a bowl game as a result, and the fact that Ohio State played in the Rose Bowl, Ohio State is named national champions for this season by most writers.
In a hard fought Rose Bowl game, a late field goal by Don Sutherin in the fourth quarter sealed the victory over the Oregon Webfoots. The Buckeyes finished the season 9–1 and named national champions.
|September 28||TCU*||L 14–18||81,784|
|October 5||at Washington*||W 35–7||36,328|
|October 12||Illinois||W 21–7||82,239|
|October 19||Indiana||W 56–0||78,348|
|October 26||at Wisconsin||No. 12||W 16–13||51,051|
|November 2||Northwestern||No. 8||W 47–6||79,635|
|November 9||Purdue||No. 6||W 20–7||79,177|
|November 16||No. 5 Iowa||No. 6||W 17–13||82,935|
|November 23||at No. 19 Michigan||No. 3||W 31–14||101,001|
|January 1, 1958||vs. Oregon*||No. 2||NBC||W 10–7||98,202|
|1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster|
Aurealius Thomas, G
Leo Brown, E
Bill Jobko, G
|Bill Jobko||7||80||Linebacker||Los Angeles Rams|
|Don Sutherin||8||94||Defensive Back||New York Giants|
|Russ Bowermaster||11||132||End||Cleveland Browns|
- "Washington Buried by Ohio State, 35-7." Eugene Register-Guard. 1957 Oct 6. Retrieved 2015-Jan-05.
- "100,101 See Ohio State Overpower Wolverines; 31-14." Palm Beach Post. 1957 Nov 24.
- Lindy's (2002), A Championship Season...and the Battle for #1, p. 76.
- Win/Loss statistics
- Draft data