List of Ohio State Buckeyes bowl games

The Buckeyes line up on defense in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game.

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the Ohio State University in the East division of the Big Ten Conference. Since the establishment of the football program in 1890, the Buckeyes have played in 51 bowl games.[1] Included in these games are 27 appearances in the "big four" bowl games (the Rose, Sugar, Orange, and Fiesta), 10 appearances in the Bowl Championship Series, including one national championship victory in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl and two appearances in the BCS National Championship Game, and an appearance in the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Ohio State's first bowl game came during the 1920 season when, under the leadership of eighth year head coach John Wilce, the team went on to the Rose Bowl where they would be defeated by California 28–0.[2] Following their first Rose Bowl appearance, the school would not make another bowl appearance until 1949, when head coach Wes Fesler led the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl again, this time defeating the California Golden Bears 17–14.[3] Following Fesler, Woody Hayes took over the position of head coach at Ohio State and during his career would lead the Buckeyes to eleven bowl games and compiling a 5–6 record. The Buckeyes appeared in the Rose Bowl eight times during Hayes' tenure and would go 4–4 in those games. Hayes would also lead the Buckeyes to one Orange Bowl, one Sugar Bowl, and one Gator Bowl appearance during his time as head coach.[1]

Earle Bruce became the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes following Woody Hayes in 1979. Bruce would lead the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl in his first season, coming one point away from a national championship, losing to the USC Trojans 17–16.[4] Over Bruce's career, the Buckeyes would make eight bowl appearances going 5–3 in those games. Ohio State also made two Rose Bowl appearances under Bruce, in which the team went 0–2. Following Bruce, John Cooper became the head coach of the Buckeyes and would lead the school to ten bowl appearances, including one Rose Bowl victory in 1997, the school's first Rose Bowl victory since 1974.[5][6] Cooper would lead the Buckeyes to a 3–8 bowl record during his tenure. Cooper would also lead the Buckeyes to the Sugar Bowl in 1999, the first Bowl Championship Series appearance for Ohio State.

Jim Tressel was hired as the head coach of the Buckeyes in 2001 and would remain head coach at the university until 2010. Under Tressel, Ohio State made a bowl appearance in all his ten seasons as head coach and made eight BCS bowl appearances for a total of nine appearances for the university, the most of any other school.[1][7] Tressel would also lead the Buckeyes to the national championship game in 2002, where the Buckeyes defeated the Miami Hurricanes 31–24 in double overtime for their first national championship since 1970.[8] Tressel compiled an overall bowl record of 5–4 with one vacated victory, including three appearances in the BCS National Championship Game, four appearances in the Fiesta Bowl, one in the Rose Bowl, one in the Sugar Bowl, one in the Outback Bowl, and one in the Alamo Bowl. Ohio State would also reach the Gator Bowl in 2011 under head coach Luke Fickell, which they would lose 24–17 to the Florida Gators.

In November 2011, Urban Meyer was hired as the head coach and has led the Buckeyes to bowl games in five seasons during his time at Ohio State. Meyer led the Buckeyes to their tenth BCS bowl against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. In 2014, Meyer led the Buckeyes to the inaugural College Football Playoff, where the Buckeyes defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship, to win the program's eighth national championship. In their 2015–16 bowl appearance, Ohio State defeated Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. The win in that game brought Ohio State's overall bowl record to 22 wins and 24 losses. Meyer also led the Buckeyes to the 4th seed in the college football playoffs in the 2016–17 season. The Buckeyes fell to Clemson in that game 31–0. During the 2017–18 season, the Buckeyes played in the 2017 Cotton Bowl Classic, where they defeated the USC Trojans 24–7. Ohio State would play the following year in the 2019 Rose Bowl. It would be Ohio State's 15th Rose Bowl appearance and final bowl game for coach Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes would go on to defeat Pac-12 champion Washington 28–23. Their most recent bowl game was in 2019–20 when they lost 23–29 to #2 Clemson in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl, part of the College Football Playoff. The Buckeye bowl record stands at 25–26.

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Bowl gamesEdit

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, score, date, season, opponent, stadium, location, attendance and head coach[A 1]
# Bowl[1] Score[A 2] Date Season[A 3] Opponent[A 4] Stadium Location Attendance[5] Head coach
1 Rose Bowl L 28–0 January 1, 1921 1920 California Golden Bears Rose Bowl Pasadena 42,000  John Wilce
2 Rose Bowl W 17–14 January 1, 1950 1949 California Golden Bears Rose Bowl Pasadena 100,963  Wes Fesler
3 Rose Bowl W 20–7 January 1, 1955 1954 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 89,191 Woody Hayes
4 Rose Bowl W 10–7 January 1, 1958 1957 Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl Pasadena 98,201 Woody Hayes
5 Rose Bowl W 27–16 January 1, 1969 1968 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 102,063 Woody Hayes
6 Rose Bowl L 27–17 January 1, 1971 1970 Stanford Indians Rose Bowl Pasadena 103,839 Woody Hayes
7 Rose Bowl L 42–17 January 1, 1973 1972 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 106,869  Woody Hayes
8 Rose Bowl W 42–21 January 1, 1974 1973 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 105,267 Woody Hayes
9 Rose Bowl L 18–17 January 1, 1975 1974 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 106,721 Woody Hayes
10 Rose Bowl L 23–10 January 1, 1976 1975 UCLA Bruins Rose Bowl Pasadena 105,464 Woody Hayes
11 Orange Bowl W 27–10 January 1, 1977 1976 Colorado Buffaloes Orange Bowl Miami 65,537 Woody Hayes
12 Sugar Bowl L 35–6 January 2, 1978 1977 Alabama Crimson Tide Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 76,811 Woody Hayes
13 Gator Bowl L 17–15 December 29, 1978 1978 Clemson Tigers Gator Bowl Jacksonville 72,011 Woody Hayes
14 Rose Bowl L 17–16 January 1, 1980 1979 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 105,526 Earle Bruce
15 Fiesta Bowl L 31–19 December 26, 1980 1980 Penn State Nittany Lions Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 66,738  Earle Bruce
16 Liberty Bowl W 31–28 December 30, 1981 1981 Navy Midshipmen Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis 43,216 Earle Bruce
17 Holiday Bowl W 47–17 December 17, 1982 1982 BYU Cougars Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego 52,533  Earle Bruce
18 Fiesta Bowl W 28–23 January 2, 1984 1983 Pittsburgh Panthers Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 66,484 Earle Bruce
19 Rose Bowl L 20–17 January 1, 1985 1984 USC Trojans Rose Bowl Pasadena 102,594 Earle Bruce
20 Florida Citrus Bowl W 10–7 December 28, 1985 1985 BYU Cougars Citrus Bowl Orlando 50,920 Earle Bruce
21 Cotton Bowl Classic W 28–12 January 1, 1987 1986 Texas A&M Aggies Cotton Dallas 74,188 Earle Bruce
22 Hall of Fame Bowl L 31–14 January 1, 1990 1989 Auburn Tigers Tampa Stadium Tampa 52,535 John Cooper
23 Liberty Bowl L 23–11 December 27, 1990 1990 Air Force Falcons Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis 13,144 John Cooper
24 Hall of Fame Bowl L 24–17 January 1, 1992 1991 Syracuse Orangemen Tampa Stadium Tampa 57,789 John Cooper
25 Florida Citrus Bowl L 21–14 January 1, 1993 1992 Georgia Bulldogs Citrus Bowl Orlando 65,816 John Cooper
26 Holiday Bowl W 28–21 December 30, 1993 1993 BYU Cougars Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego 52,108 John Cooper
27 Florida Citrus Bowl L 24–17 January 2, 1995 1994 Alabama Crimson Tide Citrus Bowl Orlando 71,195 John Cooper
28 Florida Citrus Bowl L 20–14 January 2, 1996 1995 Tennessee Volunteers Citrus Bowl Orlando 70,797 John Cooper
29 Rose Bowl W 20–17 January 1, 1997 1996 Arizona State Sun Devils Rose Bowl Pasadena 100,635 John Cooper
30 Sugar Bowl L 31–14 January 1, 1998 1997 Florida State Seminoles Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 67,289 John Cooper
31 Sugar Bowl W 24–14 January 1, 1999 1998 Texas A&M Aggies Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 76,503 John Cooper
32 Outback Bowl L 24–7 January 1, 2001 2000 South Carolina Gamecocks Raymond James Stadium Tampa 65,299 John Cooper
33 Outback Bowl L 31–28 January 1, 2002 2001 South Carolina Gamecocks Raymond James Stadium Tampa 66,249  Jim Tressel
34 Fiesta Bowl* W 31–242OT January 3, 2003 2002 Miami Hurricanes Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 77,502 Jim Tressel
35 Fiesta Bowl W 35–28 January 2, 2004 2003 Kansas State Wildcats Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 73,425 Jim Tressel
36 Alamo Bowl W 33–7 December 29, 2004 2004 Oklahoma State Cowboys Alamodome San Antonio 65,265 Jim Tressel
37 Fiesta Bowl W 34–20 January 2, 2006 2005 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Sun Devil Stadium Tempe 76,196 Jim Tressel
38 BCS National Championship Game* L 41–14 January 8, 2007 2006 Florida Gators University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale 74,628  Jim Tressel
39 BCS National Championship Game* L 38–24 January 7, 2008 2007 LSU Tigers Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 79,651  Jim Tressel
40 Fiesta Bowl L 24–21 January 5, 2009 2008 Texas Longhorns University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale 72,047 Jim Tressel
41 Rose Bowl W 26–17 January 1, 2010 2009 Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl Pasadena 93,963 Jim Tressel
42 Sugar Bowl W* 31–26[A 5] January 4, 2011 2010 Arkansas Razorbacks Louisiana Superdome New Orleans 73,879 Jim Tressel
43 Gator Bowl L 24–17 January 2, 2012 2011 Florida Gators EverBank Field Jacksonville 61,312 Luke Fickell
44 Orange Bowl L 40–35 January 3, 2014 2013 Clemson Tigers Sun Life Stadium Miami 72,080 Urban Meyer
45 Sugar Bowl§ W 42–35 January 1, 2015 2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans 74,682 Urban Meyer
46 CFP National Championship* W 42–20 January 12, 2015 Oregon Ducks AT&T Stadium Arlington 85,689 Urban Meyer
47 Fiesta Bowl W 44–28 January 1, 2016 2015 Notre Dame Fighting Irish University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale 71,123 Urban Meyer
48 Fiesta Bowl§ L 31–0 December 31, 2016 2016 Clemson Tigers University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale 70,236 Urban Meyer
49 Cotton Bowl Classic W 24–7 December 29, 2017 2017 USC Trojans AT&T Stadium Arlington 67,510 Urban Meyer
50 Rose Bowl W 28–23 January 1, 2019 2018 Washington Huskies Rose Bowl Pasadena 91,853 Urban Meyer
51 Fiesta Bowl§ L 29–23 December 28, 2019 2019 Clemson Tigers State Farm Stadium Glendale 71,330 Ryan Day

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Statistics correct as of 2019–20 NCAA football bowl games.
  2. ^ Results are sortable first by whether the result was an Ohio State win, loss or tie and then second by the margin of victory.
  3. ^ Links to the season article for the Ohio State team that competed in the bowl for that year.
  4. ^ Links to the season article for the opponent that Ohio State competed against in the bowl for that year when available or to their general page when unavailable.
  5. ^ Ohio State voluntarily vacated their Sugar Bowl victory following NCAA allegations.[9]

Record by BowlEdit

Bowl App. Wins Losses Win Pct. Most Recent Result
Rose Bowl 15 8 7 .533 W 28–23 vs. Washington (2019)
Fiesta Bowl 9 5 4 .556 L 23–29 vs. Clemson (2019)
Sugar Bowl 5 3 2 .500 W 42–35 vs. Alabama (2015)
Citrus Bowl 4 1 3 .250 L 14–20 vs. Tennessee (1995)
Outback Bowlb 4 0 4 .000 L 28–31 vs. South Carolina (2002)
BCS National Championship Game 3 1 2 .333 L 24–38 vs. LSU (2008)
Cotton Bowl 2 2 0 1.000 W 24–7 vs. USC (2017)
Holiday Bowl 2 2 0 1.000 W 28–21 vs. BYU (1993)
Liberty Bowl 2 1 1 .500 L 11–23 vs. Air Force (1990)
Orange Bowl 2 1 1 .500 L 35–40 vs. Clemson (2014)
Gator Bowla 2 0 2 .000 L 17–24 vs. Florida (2012)
Alamo Bowl 1 1 0 1.000 W 33–7 vs. Oklahoma State (2004)
CFP National Championship Game 1 1 0 1.000 W 42–20 vs. Oregon (2014)

a The Gator Bowl was formerly called the TaxSlayer Bowl b The Outback Bowl was formerly called the Hall of Fame Bowl

Bowl Selector App. Wins Losses Win Pct. Most Recent Result
Bowl Championship Series 10 6* 4 .556 L 35–40 vs. Clemson (2014 Orange Bowl)
College Football Playoff Committee 4 2 2 .500 L 23–29 vs. Clemson (2019 Fiesta Bowl)
Bowl Alliance 1 0 1 .000 L 14–31 vs. Florida State (1998 Sugar Bowl)

ReferencesEdit

General
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "Bowl/All-Star Game Records" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  • "Ohio State Football History: Bowl Records" (PDF). Ohio State Buckeyes.com. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d "The History of Ohio State Football – Bowl Games" (PDF). Ohio State Buckeyes. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "Rose Bowl 1921". Rose Bowl History. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Rose Bowl 1950". Rose Bowl History. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "Rose Bowl 1980". Rose Bowl History. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Rose Bowl 1997". Rose Bowl History. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Laracy, Alex. "1997 - Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17". ESPN. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  7. ^ Hier, Daryle. "Winningest Teams in BCS Bowls Over Last 10 Years: A Fan's Look Back". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  8. ^ "32nd Annual Fiesta Bowl – Ohio State 31, Miami 24 (2OT)". Fiesta Bowl. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Wieburg, Steve (July 8, 2011). "Ohio State will vacate all its victories from the 2010 season". USA Today. Retrieved August 12, 2012.