2011

Head coach: Luke Fickell (1st year)
Record: 6-7 (3-5 Big Ten)

Spring Game – April 23
Scarlet 59, Gray 27

In what was strictly an offense versus defense affair, the Scarlet team defeated the Gray, 59-27. Early enrollee Braxton Miller (No. 5) was one of four different quarterbacks to toss a touchdown pass for the Scarlet, while linebacker Andrew Sweat (No. 42) led the Gray with 10 tackles. The Buckeyes wore camouflage helmets with decals for former track star Jesse Owens; volunteer strength and conditioning assistant Jake Nickle, who collapsed and died while playing pickup basketball; and Colleen Dobbins, the infant daughter of lacrosse coach Dave Dobbins who passed away earlier that year.

Spring Game

 

Akron – Sept. 3
#18 Buckeyes 42, Zips 0

Starting his first game in eight years, 25-year-old quarterback Joe Bauserman (No. 14) threw three touchdown passes and ran for another to lead Ohio State to a 42-0 win over Akron. The Buckeyes wore helmet stickers with the phrase “ALL IN” after Luke Fickell promised an “all-in mentality” for the program when introduced as interim head coach.

Akron

Toledo – Sept. 10
#15 Buckeyes 27, Rockets 22

Wide receiver Chris Fields returned a punt 69 yards to lead Ohio State past Toledo, 27-22, a win that was secure only after the Buckeyes held the Rockets out of the end zone in the final minute. Both teams wore helmet decals to honor the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Toledo

 

at Miami (FL) – Sept. 17
Hurricanes 24, #17 Buckeyes 6

Running back Jordan Hall was the only bright spot on a rainy night in South Florida, rushing for 87 yards on 14 carries in Ohio State’s 24-6 loss to Miami. The Buckeyes lost a road game to an unranked non-conference opponent for the first time in 23 years and dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in seven seasons.

Miami

 

Colorado – Sept. 24
Buckeyes 37, Buffaloes 17

Running back Jordan Hall (No. 7) rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown and returned a kickoff 90 yards to set up another score in the Buckeyes’ 37-17 win over Colorado. Hall was forced to sit out the first two games of the season after taking $200 cash at a charity event, but led the Buckeyes in rushing in the two contests thereafter.

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Michigan State – Oct. 1
Spartans 10, Buckeyes 7

Quarterback Joe Bauserman (No. 14) replaced Braxton Miller in the second half of Ohio State’s 10-7 loss to Michigan State, and led the Buckeyes to their only score — a 34-yard pass to receiver Evan Spencer with 10 seconds left in the game. History was nearly made, as the Buckeyes had not been shut out since a 28-0 loss at Michigan on Nov. 20, 1993.

Michigan State

 

at Nebraska – Oct. 8
Cornhuskers 34, Buckeyes 27

Ohio State built a 27-6 lead over Nebraska behind quarterback Braxton Miller (No. 5), who sprained his ankle and did not return to the game. The Buckeyes’ offense went stagnant and did not score again, as the Cornhuskers stormed back to win, 34-27. It was the first meeting between the two teams as Big Ten opponents.

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at Illinois – Oct. 15
Buckeyes 17, Fighting Illini 7

Ohio State completed one pass — a touchdown to tight end Jake Stoneburner (No. 11) with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game — in a 17-7 win over Illinois. Running back Daniel “Boom” Herron, meanwhile, rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown in his first game back after serving a six-game suspension for his role in the cash-for-memorabilia scandal and for taking too much money at a summer job.

Illinois

 

Wisconsin – Oct. 29
Buckeyes 33, Badgers 29

Quarterback Braxton Miller (No. 5) threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devin Smith with 20 seconds left as Ohio State upset Wisconsin, 33-29, giving the Badgers their second-consecutive loss on a Hail Mary. The Buckeyes were decked out in the third installment of their Nike Pro Combat uniforms, which honored the 1961 national champions.

Wisconsin

 

Indiana – Nov. 5
Buckeyes 34, Hoosiers 20

Three Buckeyes topped 100 yards rushing, including running back Dan Herron No. 1 (141 yards on 14 carries), as Ohio State topped Indiana, 34-20. It was the first time that the Buckeyes had three runners over 100 yards since Scottie Graham, Carlos Snow and Dante Lee did it in a 1989 win at Northwestern.

Indiana

 

at Purdue – Nov. 12
Boilermakers 26, Buckeyes 23 (OT)

Running back Jordan Hall (No. 7) caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Braxton Miller, including one in the final minute that allowed Ohio State to tie Purdue at 20. However, a blocked extra point on the go-ahead try forced overtime, where the Boilermakers upset the Buckeyes for the second-consecutive time at home, 26-23.

Purdue

 

Penn State – Nov. 19
Nittany Lions 20, Buckeyes 14

Quarterback Braxton Miller (No. 5) accounted for two touchdowns, but an intentional grounding and three incompletions on Ohio State’s final possession allowed Penn State to win it’s first game without Joe Paterno as head coach since December 1965. Paterno was fired 10 days prior for covering up the molesting of several young boys by an assistant coach.

Penn State

 

at Michigan – Nov. 26
Wolverines 40, Buckeyes 34

Quarterback Braxton Miller (No. 5) sailed a pass over receiver DeVier Posey’s head on what could have been a 76-yard touchdown with just over a minute remaining as Michigan snapped a record seven-game losing streak against its archrival by beating Ohio State, 40-34. It had been more than 2,900 days since the Wolverines last topped the Buckeyes.

Michigan

 

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl vs Florida – Jan. 2
Gators 24, Buckeyes 17

Quarterback Braxton Miller (No. 5) threw for two touchdowns, but was sacked a season-high six times as Florida topped Ohio State, 24-17, in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. Former Gators head coach Urban Meyer was given plenty of attention during the game, as it was announced just one month prior that he accepted the same position in Columbus after a one-year hiatus from coaching. The Buckeyes wore helmet decals for former quarterbacks coach Joe Daniels and Jean Bruce, the wife of former head coach Earle Bruce, who both passed in December.

Florida