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1987 Ohio State Buckeyes football team


1987 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
1987 record 6–4–1 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Earle Bruce
MVP Chris Spielman
Captain Eric Krumerow
Captain Chris Spielman
Captain Tom Tupa
Captain William White
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 85,399)

The 1987 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1987–1988. The Buckeyes compiled a 6–4–1 record.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 12 West Virginia* #5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 24–3   88,272
September 19 Oregon* #5 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 24–14   89,882
September 26 at #4 LSU* #7 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA T 13–13   79,263
October 3 at Illinois #9 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 10–6   73,045
October 10 Indiana #9 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 10–31   90,032
October 17 at Purdue #17 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 20–17   66,501
October 24 Minnesota #16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 42–9   89,801
October 31 #20 Michigan State #15 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 7–13   89,915
November 7 at Wisconsin Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI L 24–26   63,195
November 14 Iowa Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH L 27–29   90,090
November 21 at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 23–20   106,031
*Non-conference game.

Coaching staff

  • Earle Bruce - Head Coach (9th year)
  • Gary Blackney - Defensive Coordinator (4th year)
  • Bill Conley - Offense (4th year)
  • Steve Devine - Offensive Line (5th year)
  • Randy Hart - Defensive Line (6th year)
  • Chuck Heater - Defensive Backs (3rd year)
  • Larry Kirksey - (1st year)
  • Tom Lichtenberg - Quarterbacks/Receivers (2nd year)
  • Urban Meyer - Wide Receivers (2nd year)
  • Bob Palcic - Offensive Line (2nd year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Linebackers (6th year)
  • Lenny Willis - (3rd year)

1988 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Eric Kumerow 1 16 Defensive End Miami Dolphins
Chris Spielman 2 29 Linebacker Detroit Lions
Alex Higdon 3 56 Tight End Atlanta Falcons
Tom Tupa 3 68 Quarterback Phoenix Cardinals
William White 4 85 Defensive Back Detroit Lions
George Cooper 6 156 Running Back Miami Dolphins
Ray Jackson 7 185 Defensive Back Seattle Seahawks
Henry Brown 10 277 Tackle Washington Redskins

Game notes


1 234Total
Ohio State 0 7133 23
Michigan 7 670 20

Earle Bruce's final game as Ohio State head coach. [1]


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