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1980 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Penn State
Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #15
AP #15
1980 record 9–3 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce
MVP Calvin Murray
Captain Doug Donley
Captain Ray Ellis
Captain Keith Ferguson
Captain Calvin Murray
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 83,112)

The 1980 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1980-1981. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1980 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, where they lost 31–19 to the Penn State Nittany Lions.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 13 Syracuse* #1 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 31–21   86,643
September 20 Minnesota #2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 47–0   87,916
September 27 #20 Arizona State* #2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 38–21   88,097
October 4 #11 UCLA* #2 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 0–17   88,084
October 11 at Northwestern #9 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 63–0   29,375
October 18 Indiana #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 27–17   87,957
October 25 at Wisconsin #10 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 21–0   79,253
November 1 at Michigan State #9 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI W 48–16   77,153
November 8 Illinois #7 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 49–42   87,952
November 15 at Iowa #7 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 41–7   59,890
November 22 #10 Michigan #5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 3–9   88,827
December 26 vs. #10 Penn State* #11 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ () L 19–31   66,738
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Depth Chart


Todd Bell

Jim Laughlin Glen Cobb Marcus Marek Keith Ferguson
Vince Skillings
Mike Guess

Jerome Foster Mark Sullivan Chris Riehm
Ray Ellis
Gary Williams
Thad Jemison
Joe Smith Scott Burris Jim DeLeone Joe Lukens Luther Henson
Brad Dwelle
John Frank
Doug Conley
Cedric Anderson
Art Schlichter
Bob Atha
Tim Spencer
Vaughn Broadnax
Special Teams
PK Vlade Janakievski

Calvin Murray
Jimmy Gale and Ricky Johnson


Coaching staff

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach - 2nd year
  • Dennis Fryzel - Defensive Coordinator (2nd year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Coordinator (3rd year)
  • Bill Myles - Offensive Line (4th year)
  • Nick Saban - Defensive Backs (1st year)
  • Wayne Stanley - Running Backs (2nd year)
  • Steve Szabo - Defensive Line (2nd year)
  • Bob Tucker - Defensive Outside Linebackers (2nd year)
  • Fred Zechman - Quarterbacks/Receivers (2nd year)

Game notes

Arizona State

1 234Total
Arizona St 0 0714 21
Ohio St 3 2177 38
  • Source: Palm Beach Post



1981 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Doug Donley 2 53 Wide Receiver Dallas Cowboys
Al Washington 4 86 Linebacker New York Jets
Todd Bell 4 95 Defensive Back Chicago Bears
Calvin Murray 4 110 Running Back Philadelphia Eagles
Keith Ferguson 5 131 Defensive End San Diego Chargers
Vince Skillings 6 163 Defensive Back Dallas Cowboys
Robert Murphy 10 274 Defensive Back Atlanta Falcons
Ray Ellis 12 331 Defensive Back Philadelphia Eagles


Win/Loss statistics
  • 1980 Ohio State Buckeyes Schedule and Results
  • 1980 Ohio State Buckeyes Stats
  • 1980 Big Ten Conference Year Summary
Draft data
  • Ohio State Drafted Players
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