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1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #11
AP #14
1985 record 9–3 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce
MVP Jim Karsatos
Captain Keith Byars
Captain Mike Lanese
Captain Pepper Johnson
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,290)

The 1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1985-1986. The Buckeyes compiled a 9–3 record, including the 1985 Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, where they won 10–7 against the Brigham Young Cougars.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 14 Pittsburgh* #9 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH WTBS W 10–7   88,518
September 21 at Colorado* #7 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO W 36–13   47,022
September 28 Washington State* #5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 48–32   89,954
October 5 at Illinois #5 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 28–31   76,343
October 12 Indiana #15 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 48–7   89,846
October 19 Purdue #11 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH CBS W 41–27   89,888
October 26 at #20 Minnesota #9 The MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 23–19   64,455
November 2 #1 Iowa #8 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH CBS W 22–13   90,467
November 9 at Northwestern #4 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 35-17   26,477
November 16 Wisconsin #3 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 7–12   89,873
November 23 at #6 Michigan #12 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI CBS L 17–27   106,102
December 28 vs. #9 BYU* #17 Citrus BowlOrlando, FL () W 10–7   50,920
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staff

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach - 7th year
  • Gary Blackney - Defensive Coordinator (2nd year)
  • Bill Conley - Offense (2nd year)
  • Steve Devine - Offensive Line (3rd year)
  • Randy Hart - Defensive Line (4th year)
  • Chuck Heater - Defensive Backs (1st year)
  • Glen Mason - Offensive Coordinator (8th year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Linebackers (4th year)
  • Jim Tressel - Quarterbacks (3rd year)
  • Lenny Willis - (1st year)

Game notes


1 234Total
Iowa 0 706 13
Ohio St 5 1007 22
  • Source: [1]

Awards and honors

1986 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Keith Byars 1 10 Running Back Philadelphia Eagles
Pepper Johnson 2 51 Linebacker New York Giants
Byron Lee 7 176 Linebacker Philadelphia Eagles
Larry Kolic 7 193 Linebacker Miami Dolphins


Win/Loss statistics
  • Ohio State Historical Scores
Draft data
  • Ohio State Drafted Players
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