EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD Howard (Hopalong) Cassady (above) scores three touchdowns in his first varsity game, leading Ohio State to a 33-13 win over Indiana. The two-time All-America misses only one game in his four-year career, rushing for 2,466 yards and 37 touchdowns. In '55 Cassady becomes the third OSU player to win the Heisman.
GOAL LINE STAND
WITH THE game tied 7-7 in the third quarter, Ohio State stuffs Michigan four times inside the four-yard line. The Buckeyes then engineer a 99-yard drive in which Cassady breaks loose for 61 yards and QB-DB Dave Leggett (tackling, above) connects with Dick Brubaker on an eight-yard TD pass. OSU wins 21-7 and heads to its second Rose Bowl, beating USC 20-7 to complete a perfect 10-0 season. Hayes claims OSU's second national title.
IN FRONT of 98,202 at the Rose Bowl, OSU's Don Sutherin nails a 24-yard field goal to help the favored Buckeyes eke out a 10-7 victory over Oregon to win a third national title. The 1957 club features the one-two punch of fullback Bob White (right) and halfback Donald Clark, who each average 5.6 yards per carry.
KERN TO THE RESCUE
AFTER A dominating 50-14 victory over Michigan, the Buckeyes rally to defeat Southern California at the Rose Bowl, 27-16, en route to their fourth national championship. Heisman Trophy winner O.J. Simpson starts hot for USC, rushing for 137 yards as the Trojans build a 10-0 lead in the first half, but the Buckeyes' defense limits him to 34 yards in the second half. OSU quarterback Rex Kern (left) earns MVP honors with two TDs.
IN ONLY his second collegiate appearance, freshman tailback Archie Griffin (45) comes off the bench against North Carolina and rushes for an OSU-record 239 yards and one touchdown. Griffin goes on to become the only two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy, in '74 and '75, and leaves as OSU's alltime career rushing leader with 5,589 yards on 924 attempts.
The Quiet Years
There are no outright titles during this era, but a wealth of memorable players take the field for the Buckeyes
FOR THE first time in 29 seasons Ohio State plays a game without Hayes at the helm as new hire Earle Bruce (above), a former Buckeyes running back, wins the opener 31-8 over Syracuse. Bruce finishes the season 11-1 and earns both Big Ten and national coach of the year honors. He goes on to coach OSU to an 81-26-1 record over nine seasons.
IN THE battle between the nation's top quarterbacks, OSU's alltime passing leader Art Schlichter (below) outduels Stanford's John Elway for a 24-19 road victory. Schlichter converts 16 of 32 passes with two touchdowns compared with Elway's 28 of 42 with two TDs—but Elway's comeback attempt fails when the Bucks recover running back Vincent White's fumble with 44 seconds left. A week later Schlichter completes 31 of 52 passes for a team-record 458 yards during a 36-27 loss to Florida State. It remains the only 400-yard passing game in OSU history.
TOM TUPA (19), who spent his first three years in Columbus as a punter, takes over as QB. Against West Virginia, he throws a 23-yard TD and has four punts of 60 or more yards in a 24-3 win. Tupa leaves OSU No. 2 all time in punt average (44.7) while also throwing for 2,252 yards and 15 TDs.
CRIS AND CHRIS
WIDE RECEIVER Cris Carter (above) and linebacker Chris Spielman debut against Oregon State, and Spielman's 10 second-half tackles help OSU win 22-14. A two-time All-America who wins the Lombardi Award in '87, Spielman sets nearly every OSU tackling record, and Carter's 168 career receptions are a school record.