Head coach: Urban Meyer (3rd year)
Record: 14-1 (8-0 Big Ten)
Big Ten Champions
College Football Playoff National Champions
Spring Game – April 12
Gray 17, Scarlet 7
Cornerback Eli Apple (No. 13) intercepted two passes for the Scarlet squad, but running back Warren Ball’s (No. 28) touchdown gave the Gray team a 17-7 win. Ball carried the ball eight times for 55 yards.
at Navy (in Baltimore, Maryland) – Aug. 30
#5 Buckeyes 34, Midshipmen 17
In the season opener of the 125th season of Ohio State football, linebacker Darron Lee (No. 43) took a fumble 61 yards the other way for a touchdown to help the Buckeyes pull away from Navy, 34-17. Ohio State switched to the Nike’s Mach Speed template in 2014.
Virginia Tech – Sept. 6
Hokies 35, #8 Buckeyes 21
Cornerback Eli Apple’s (No. 13) first-career interception allowed Ohio State to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but two late touchdowns helped Virginia Tech stun the Buckeyes, 35-21. It was the Buckeyes’ first regular season loss under third-year head coach Urban Meyer.
Kent State – Sept. 13
#22 Buckeyes 66, Golden Flashes 0
Quarterback J.T. Barrett (No. 16) matched a school record by throwing six touchdown passes — give of which game in the first half — as Ohio State routed Kent State, 66-0.
Cincinnati – Sept. 27
#22 Buckeyes 50, Bearcats 28
In a back-and-forth game, halfback Dontre Wilson’s (No. 2) touchdown reception at the end of the third quarter gave the Buckeyes a two-touchdown lead they would not relinquish. The 50-28 win was Ohio State’s 40th in a row over an in-state opponent.
at Maryland – Oct. 4
#20 Buckeyes 52, Terrapins 24
Linebacker Raekwon McMillan helped spoil Maryland’s first home game as a member of the Big Ten, returning an interception 19 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 52-24 win.
Rutgers – Oct. 18
#13 Buckeyes 56, Scarlet Knights 17
Tight end Nick Vannett (No. 81) caught two of quarterback J.T. Barrett’s four touchdown pass as Ohio State blew past Rutgers, 56-17, on Homecoming. It marked the first time in school history that the Buckeyes topped the 50-point plateau in four-consecutive games.
at Penn State – Oct. 25
#13 Buckeyes 31, Nittany Lions 24 (OT)
Defensive end Joey Bosa (No. 97) used a would-be blocker to sack Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg on fourth down of overtime to secure a 31-24 overtime win for the Buckeyes. Bosa finished the game with 2 1/2 sacks and six tackles.
Illinois – Nov. 1
#13 Buckeyes 55, Fighting Illini 14
Running back Curtis Samuel (No. 4) scored two first quarter touchdowns as the Buckeyes raced out to an early lead and never looked back, knocking off Illinois, 55-14. Samuel rushed for 63 yards on nine carries, with his touchdowns coming on runs of 23 yards and 1 yard.
at Michigan State – Nov. 8
#13 Buckeyes 49, #7 Spartans 37
Quarterback J.T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes — including a 79 yard slant to receiver Michael Thomas (No. 3) —as the Buckeyes avenged the prior season’s Big Ten Championship loss with a 49-37 win over Michigan State.
at Minnesota – Nov. 15
#8 Buckeyes 31, #25 Golden Gophers 24
J.T. Barrett (No. 16) threw for three touchdowns and ran for an Ohio State quarterback-record 189 yards and another score as the Buckeyes overcame a bout with wintry weather to beat Minnesota, 31-24.
Indiana – Nov. 22
#7 Buckeyes 42, Hoosiers 27
Wideout Jalin Marshall (No. 17) returned a punt 54 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter and then added three late insurances scores to carry Ohio State past Indiana, 42-27.
Michigan – Nov. 29
#7 Buckeyes 42, Wolverines 28
Quarterback J.T. Barrett rushed for one touchdown and threw for two before breaking his ankle on the first play of the fourth quarter as Ohio State beat rival Michigan, 42-28.
Big Ten Championship vs Wisconsin – Dec. 6
#6 Buckeyes 59, #11 Badgers 0
Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones (No. 12) threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, as the Buckeyes secured a spot in the first College Football Playoff with a 59-0 rout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. Ohio State wore a helmet decal for Kosta Karageorge (No. 53), a defensive lineman who lost his life the week prior.
Allstate Sugar Bowl vs Alabama – Jan. 1
#4 Buckeyes 42, #1 Crimson Tide 35
Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 230 yards —85 of which came through the heart of the South — to lead Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff Semifinal. Both teams wore the playoff trophy logo decal on their helmets. All four playoff teams wore special Nike Diamond Quest uniforms, with Ohio State giving a nod to its 1968 national championship team.
CFP National Championship vs Oregon – Jan. 12
#4 Buckeyes 42, #2 Ducks 20
Running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 15) rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns to help Ohio State run over Oregon, 42-20, in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship. The Buckeyes wore the home version of their “Diamond Quest” alternate uniforms.