Top Moments of the 1970s

A Decade for the Roses

  • 1970

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    Revenge

    Gaining a measure of revenge against Michigan from an upset loss the year prior, Ohio State clinches the outright Big Ten title with a 20-9 triumph over Michigan before a record crowd of 87,331.

  • 1972

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    Freshman Phenom

    Running back Archie Griffin, in just his second game with the Buckeyes, rushes for a school and freshman-record 239 yards against North Carolina. 

  • 1972

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    Goal Line Stands Stand Up vs. Team Up North

    Ohio State defeated Michigan 14-11 on the strength of two goal line stands. The Buckeyes and Wolverines shared the Big Ten title with Ohio State getting the nod to the Rose Bowl vs. USC. 

  • 1973

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    Archie Breaks His Own Record

    In a 55-13 win over Iowa in the final home game of the season, Archie Griffin, a sophomore, sets a then-school record with 246 yards rushing, breaking his previous record of 239 yards just one season earlier.

  • 1974

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    Four FGs For The Win

    Tom Klaban’s four field goals lift No. 4 Ohio State over No. 3 Michigan in front of a then-record crowd of 88,243. With the win, Ohio State went on to play in the Rose Bowl for the third consecutive season.

  • 1975

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    100 Yards 31 Straight Times

    Archie Griffin, who would go on to win his second consecutive Heisman Trophy, ran for 100 yards in his 31st consecutive game in his final appearance at Ohio Stadium on Nov. 15 vs. Minnesota. That record still stands 47 years later.

  • 1976-79

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    Field Hockey in The Shoe

    Sue Marcellus, a three-time All-American, 1980 Olympian and the program’s all-time leading scorer, plays for the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium.

  • 1977

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    Epic Battle With Oklahoma

    A stadium record 88,113 witnessed a thriller between the Buckeyes and the Sooners. Ohio State lost on a last-second field goal, 29-28.

  • 1978

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    Woody Hayes Wins No. 200

    Woody Hayes earned his 200th Ohio State win when the Buckeyes defeated Baylor on Sept. 30, 34-28.

  • 1978

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    Bob Hope dots the "i"

    A homecoming crowd of 87,586 saw comedian, entertainer and Ohio native Bob Hope dot the “i” in “Script Ohio” during halftime of a 31-7 win over Iowa. 

  • 1979

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    Earle Bruce Makes His Debut

    New head coach Earle Bruce makes his debut as Ohio State defeats Syracuse, 31-8. The attendance of 86,205 marked the 64th consecutive sellout.

Feature Game Of The 1970s

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Relive Archie Griffin’s then-record-setting 239-yard rushing performance in his Buckeye debut against UNC.​ Griffin held the program’s freshman single-game rushing record until 2021, when TreVeyon Henderson went for 277 yards vs. Tulsa.

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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  • 1960s

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    National Titles Nearly Bookend Decade

    NCAA crowns in 1961 and 1968 highlight tumultuous 10 years

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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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