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1989 Ohio State Buckeyes football team


1989 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
AP #24
1989 record 8-4 (6-2 Big Ten)
Head coach John Cooper
Defensive coordinator Bill Young
MVP Derek Isaman
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 86,071)

The 1989 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 1989-1990. The Buckeyes compiled a 8–4 record, including the 1990 Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Florida, where they lost 31–14 to the Auburn Tigers.


Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 16 Oklahoma State* Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 37–13   88,760
September 23 at #12 USC* #25 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA L 3–42   69,876
September 30 Boston College* Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 34–29   88,936
October 7 at #18 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 14–34   69,088
October 14 Indiana Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 35–31   89,750
October 21 Purdue Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 21–3   89,091
October 28 at Minnesota The MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 41–37   33,945
November 4 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 52–27   28,236
November 11 Iowa Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 28–0   89,536
November 18 Wisconsin #22 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH W 42–22   89,626
November 25 at #3 Michigan #20 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 18–28   106,137
January 1 vs. #9 Auburn* #21 Tampa StadiumTampa, FL (Hall of Fame Bowl) L 14–31   52,235
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Coaching staff

  • John Cooper - Head Coach - 2nd year
  • Gary Blackney - Defensive Coordinator (6th year)
  • Jim Colletto - Offensive Coordinator (2nd year)
  • Ron Hudson - Quarterbacks (2nd year)
  • Gene Huey - Offensive Wide Receivers (2nd year)
  • Bob Palcic - Offensive Line (4th year)
  • Fred Pagac - Defensive Linebackers (8th year)
  • Bobby Turner - Running Backs (1st year)
  • Bill Young - Defensive Coordinator (2nd year)
  • Ron Zook - Defensive Backs (2nd year)

1990 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Jeff Davidson 5 111 Guard Denver Broncos
Joe Staysniak 7 185 Guard San Diego Chargers
Tim Moxley 9 243 Guard Washington Redskins


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