Top Moments of the 1960s

National Titles Bookend Decade

  • 1960

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    Shutout USC

    Bob Ferguson scores three touchdowns as Ohio State shuts out USC, 21-0. Ferguson would go on to earn All-America honors.

  • 1961

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    No Roses For The National Champs

    Ohio State goes 8-0-1 and is crowned the Football Writers Association of America national champions but is famously barred from going to the Rose Bowl by the faculty council. Students held protests.

  • 1962

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    Big Wins Continue

    Ohio State hands Wisconsin its only regular season loss, 14-7, in Ohio Stadium on Oct. 27. Other notable home wins that season included a 28-0 shutout of Michigan and another win over Oregon, 26-7.

  • 1968

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    No. 1 Boilers Spoiled

    Led by the “Super Sophs”, Ohio State goes 10-0 and is the undisputed national champion following its Rose Bowl victory over USC. On Oct. 12 in Ohio Stadium, Ohio State defeated preseason Big Ten favorite Purdue, 13-0.

  • 1968

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    Buckeyes Bruise Blue

    The regular season was punctuated by a 50-14 victory over Michigan, and after the game head coach Woody Hayes gave his famous “because I couldn’t go for three” quote when asked about a late-game two-point conversion. 

  • 1969

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    Win Streaks

    Defeating Purdue 42-14 Nov. 15, Ohio State notched its 17th straight Big Ten win and 22nd consecutive overall. 

Feature Game of the 1960s

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The landmark game where the college football landscape takes notice of the Super Sophomores as Ohio State shuts out No. 1 Purdue, 13-0, in The ‘Shoe.

 

Top 100 Moments

  • 1920s

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    A Stadium is Born

    Ohio Stadium opens its doors and the first decade is full of impactful memories

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  • 1930s

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    National Prominence

    Under new leadership, Ohio State reaches new levels of success. The great Jesse Owens establishes himself as the world’s greatest athlete.

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  • 1940s

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    Top of the Mountain

    Head coach Paul Brown leads Ohio State to its first national championship; Les Horvath is the first Buckeye to win the Heisman Trophy

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  • 1950s

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    Woody, Hop & National Prominence

    Woody Hayes begins his 27-year run as head coach in 1951 and the Buckeyes score a pair of national championships

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  • 1970s

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    Buckeyes are the first to reach four-straight Rose Bowls

    The 10-year war with Michigan features epic battles; Archie Griffin becomes only two-time Heisman Trophy winner

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  • 1980s

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    Primetime

    We all loved the 80s and the Buckeyes were one of the most exciting teams to watch all decade.

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  • 1990s

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    Stars abound perform in the Horseshoe

    Ohio State vies for several national titles and regains it’s stand among the top teams in the Big Ten Conference

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  • 2000s

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    A New Century

    The Shoe rings in its second century with endless exciting moments, including the 2002 National Championship and the first No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in stadium history

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  • 2010s

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    Another Era of Dominance

    Football elictrifies, adding another national title but the return of Ohio Stadium as a concert venue invigorates campus and Central Ohio.

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