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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
Rose Bowl, W 10–7 vs. Oregon
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 2
1957 record9–1 (7–0 Big Ten)
Head coachWoody Hayes (7th season)
Offensive schemeHeavy run
Defensive coordinatorLyal Clark
Base defenseMulti
MVPBill Jobko
CaptainLeo Brown
CaptainGalen Cisco
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 78,677)
Seasons
← 1956
1958 →
1957 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
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
Purdue 4 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 3 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 4 0     4 5 0
Minnesota 3 5 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     1 8 0
Northwestern 0 7 0     0 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
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 Ducks. The Buckeyes finished the season 9–1 and named national champions.

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 28TCU*L 14–1881,784
October 5at Washington*W 35–736,328
October 12Illinois
W 21–782,239
October 19Indiana
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 56–078,348
October 26at WisconsinNo. 12W 16–1351,051
November 2NorthwesternNo. 8
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 47–679,635
November 9PurdueNo. 6
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 20–779,177
November 16No. 5 IowaNo. 6
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 17–1382,935
November 23at No. 19 MichiganNo. 3W 31–14101,001
January 1, 1958vs. Oregon*No. 2NBCW 10–798,202
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1957 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
HB Dick LeBeau Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Game summariesEdit

TCUEdit

1 234Total
• TCU 6 660 18
Ohio State 7 700 14
  • Date: September 28
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 81,784
  • Game weather: Clear, 62°F
Team Statistics
Stat Ohio State TCU
Pass Atts. 3 3
Pass Comps. 2 0
Pass Yards 20 0
Yds./Pass 10 0
Rush Atts. 62 54
Rush Yards 242 184
Yds./Rush 3.9 3.4
Total Yards 262 184
Fumbles Lost 2 1
INTs Lost 0 1
Total Turnovers 2 2

[1]

WashingtonEdit

1 234Total
• Ohio St 0 71414 35
Washington 0 700 7

[2]

IllinoisEdit

1 234Total
Illinois 0 070 7
• Ohio State 7 077 21
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 82,239
  • Game weather: Clear, 60°F

[3]

IndianaEdit

1 234Total
Indiana 0 000 0
• Ohio State 14 23127 56
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 78,348
  • Game weather: Clear, 50°F

[4]

WisconsinEdit

1 234Total
• Ohio State 13 030 16
Wisconsin 13 000 13

[5]

NorthwesternEdit

1 234Total
Northwestern 0 006 6
• Ohio State 6 141314 47
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 79,635
  • Game weather: Clear, 65°F

[6]

PurdueEdit

1 234Total
Purdue 6 070 13
• Ohio State 3 707 17
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 82,935
  • Game weather: Clear, 60°F

[7]

IowaEdit

1 234Total
Iowa 6 070 13
• Ohio State 3 707 17
  • Date: November 16
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 82,935
  • Game weather: Clear, 60°F

[8]

MichiganEdit

1 234Total
• Ohio State 7 3147 31
Michigan 7 700 14

Ohio State played without halfback Don Clark, who was sidelined with a groin injury.[9][10]

All-AmericansEdit

All-Big TenEdit

Aurealius Thomas, G
Leo Brown, E

MVPEdit

1958 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Bill Jobko 7 80 Linebacker Los Angeles Rams
Don Sutherin 8 94 Defensive Back New York Giants
Russ Bowermaster 11 132 End Cleveland Browns

ReferencesEdit

General
  • Lindy's (2002), A Championship Season...and the Battle for #1, p. 76.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data