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1986 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 1986 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Buckeyes compiled a 10–3 record, including the 1987 Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas, where they won 28–12 against the Texas A&M Aggies.

1986 Ohio State Buckeyes football
Buckeyes logo.svg
Big Ten co-champion
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 7
1986 record10–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachEarle Bruce (8th season)
Defensive coordinatorGary Blackney (2nd season)
MVPCris Carter
Home stadiumOhio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,399)
Seasons
← 1985
1987 →
1986 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 8 Michigan + 7 1 0     11 2 0
No. 7 Ohio State + 7 1 0     10 3 0
No. 16 Iowa 5 3 0     9 3 0
Minnesota 5 3 0     6 6 0
Michigan State 4 4 0     6 5 0
Indiana 3 5 0     6 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 2 6 0     4 7 0
Purdue 2 6 0     3 8 0
Wisconsin 2 6 0     3 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 278:00 p.m.vs. No. 5 Alabama*No. 9RaycomL 10–1668,296
September 132:30 p.m.at No. 17 Washington*No. 10CBSL 7–4061,070
September 201:30 p.m.Colorado*W 13–1088,404
September 271:30 p.m.Utah*
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 64–689,645
October 41:30 p.m.Illinois
W 14–090,030
October 111:00 p.m.at IndianaW 24–2251,641
October 187:00 p.m.at PurdueWTBSW 39–1168,757
October 2512:30 p.m.Minnesota 
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
WTBSW 33–089,936
November 112:30 p.m.at No. 11 IowaNo. 17WTBSW 31–1067,640
November 81:30 p.m.NorthwesternNo. 11
  • Ohio Stadium
  • Columbus, OH
W 30–989,808
November 1512:00 p.m.at WisconsinNo. 9CBSW 30–1762,020
November 2212:00 p.m.No. 6 MichiganNo. 7
CBSL 24–2690,674
January 1, 19871:30 p.m.vs. No. 8 Texas A&M*No. 11CBSW 28–1274,188
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

PersonnelEdit

1986 Ohio State Buckeyes football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB James Bryant
WR 2 Cris Carter Jr
RB George Cooper
RB Steve Gresock
WR Nate Harris
TE Alex Higdon
WR Jamie Holland
TE John Hutchison
QB Jim Karsatos (C)
OL Larry Kotterman
OL Bob Maggs
RB Bill Matlock
OL Tim Moxley
RB Ceroy Robinson
WR Everett Ross
OL Joe Staysniak
TE Ed Taggert
OL Jeff Uhlenhake
RB Barry Walker
RB John Wooldridge
RB Vince Workman
OL Greg Zackeroff
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB Dave Brown
DL Henry Brown
DB Sonny Gordon (C)
LB Derek Isaman
DB Ray Jackson
LB Eric Kumerow
LB Scott Leach
LB Darryl Lee
LB Mike Lee
DL Fred Ridder
DB Greg Rogan
DL Mike Showalter
LB Chris Spielman
LB John Sullivan
DL Mike Sullivan
DB William White
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Matt Frantz
P Tom Tupa
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Gary Blackney – Defensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Bill Conley – Inside Linebackers (3rd year)
  • Steve Devine – Offensive Line – Guards, Centers (4th year)
  • Randy Hart – Defensive Line (5th year)
  • Chuck Heater – Defensive Backs (2nd year)
  • Tom Lichtenberg – Quarterbacks, Receivers (1st year)
  • Urban Meyer – Offensive Tight Ends (1st year)
  • Bob Palcic – Offensive Line – Tackles, Tight Ends (1st year)
  • Fred Pagac – Outside Linebackers (5th year)
  • Leonard Willis – Running Backs (2nd year)

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

Depth chartEdit

[1]

Game summariesEdit

vs. AlabamaEdit

1 234Total
• Alabama 3 3010 16
Ohio St 0 730 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1978 L 6–35

at WashingtonEdit

1 234Total
Ohio St 0 070 7
• Washington 0 2497 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 1969 W 41–14

ColoradoEdit

1 234Total
Colorado 0 037 10
• Ohio St 3 703 13

UtahEdit

1 234Total
Utah 0 330 6
• Ohio St 21 102013 64
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Ohio Stadium

IllinoisEdit

1 234Total
Illinois 0 000 0
• Ohio St 0 1400 14
  • Date: October 4
  • Location: Ohio Stadium

at IndianaEdit

1 234Total
• Ohio St 7 7100 24
Indiana 7 708 22

at PurdueEdit

Ohio State Buckeyes at Purdue Boilermakers
1 2 34Total
Ohio St 6 9 17739
Purdue 0 3 0811

at Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, Indiana

  • Date: October 18
  • Game time: 6:15 p.m.
  • Game weather: Clear • 53 °F (12 °C) • Wind E 10 miles per hour (16 km/h; 8.7 kn)
  • Game attendance: 68,737
  • Referee: Otho Kortz
  • Ohio State Football Archives

Brown's interception return set a Big Ten record.[2]

MinnesotaEdit

1 234Total
Minnesota 0 000 0
• Ohio St 14 3106 33
  • Date: October 25
  • Location: Ohio Stadium

IowaEdit

1 234Total
• Ohio St 0 2173 31
Iowa 7 030 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
31–11–2 1985 W 22–13

NorthwesternEdit

1 234Total
Northwestern 0 333 9
• Ohio St 10 7310 30
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: Ohio Stadium

WisconsinEdit

1 234Total
• Ohio St 17 1003 30
Wisconsin 0 1070 17

MichiganEdit

#6 Michigan Wolverines (9–1) at #7 Ohio State Buckeyes (9–2)
1 2 34Total
Michigan 3 3 13726
Ohio St 14 0 3724

at Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio

  • Date: November 22
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Sunny • 55 °F (13 °C) • Wind 10 S
  • Game attendance: 90,674
  • Referee: Tom Quinn

Matt Frantz missed a 45-yard field goal that would have given Ohio State the lead with 1:01 remaining in the game. Chris Spielman had 29 tackles in defeat.

vs. Texas A&M (Cotton Bowl)Edit

1 234Total
• Ohio St 0 7147 28
Texas A&M 3 306 12
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1970 W 56–13

1987 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL club
Cris Carter 4 3 Wide receiver Philadelphia Eagles
Sonny Gordon 6 157 Defensive back Cincinnati Bengals
Jamie Holland 7 173 Wide receiver San Diego Chargers
Scott Leach 9 234 Linebacker New Orleans Saints
Jim Karsatos 12 322 Quarterback Miami Dolphins

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1987 Ohio State Football Media Guide
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1986 Oct 19. Retrieved 2019-Sep-23.
Win/Loss statistics
Draft data