Head coach: Urban Meyer (4th year)
Record: 12-1 (7-1 Big Ten)
Big Ten East Division Co-Champions
BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl Champions
Spring Game – April 18
Gray 17, Scarlet 14
Receiver Corey Smith (No. 84) caught a pair of deep touchdown passes to help the Gray team beat the Scarlet, 17-14, in front of a spring game record 100,189 fans. A 35-yard touchdown reception by wideout Terry McLaurin (No. 83) was the Scarlet team’s lone highlight.
at Virginia Tech – Sept. 7
#1 Buckeyes 42, Hokies 24
Quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller (No. 1) reintroduced himself to the world, scoring two touchdowns — one of which came with an electrifying spin move — to help Ohio State sprint past Virginia Tech, 42-24. The Buckeyes joined the Hokies in honoring the lives of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were shot and killed during a live broadcast. Miller also wore a sticker for injured teammate Noah Brown and a decal for the receivers group, “Zone 6.”
Hawai’i – Sept. 12
#1 Buckeyes 38, Rainbow Warriors 0
Receiver Michael Thomas (No. 3) and the Buckeyes stiff armed the Rainbow Warriors’ on the way to a 38-0. Ohio State wore the home version of it’s College Football playoff uniforms, with a slight modification to the Nike swooshes, and unveiled the 2014 national championship banner on the Ohio Stadium facade at halftime.
Northern Illinois – Sept. 19
#1 Buckeyes 20, Huskies 13
The Ohio State offense struggled most of the afternoon, but linebacker Darron Lee (No. 43) returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown late in the second half to give the Buckeyes a 20-13 win over Northern Illinois.
Western Michigan – Sept. 26
#1 Buckeyes 38, Broncos 12
For the second week in a row, a defensive score allowed the Buckeyes to escape an upset bid from a Mid-American Conference opponent. This time, defensive tackle Adolphus Washington returned an interception 20 yards for a score to lead Ohio State past Western Michigan, 38-12.
at Indiana – Oct. 3
#1 Buckeyes 34, Hoosiers 27
Running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 15) scored on touchdown runs of 55, 65 and 75 yards and the Ohio State defense came up with a goal line stand in the final seconds to escape Indiana with a 34-27 win. In moving to 5-0, the Buckeyes matched Oklahoma for the most weeks (101) at No. 1 in The Associated Press poll.
Maryland – Oct. 10
#1 Buckeyes 49, Terrapins 28
Defensive end Joey Bosa (No. 97) was in the face of Maryland quarterback Perry Hills all game, recording a sack and forcing pressure that led to two interceptions in the fourth quarter to help give Ohio State to a 49-28 win. The Buckeyes wore a ribbon decal for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Penn State – Oct. 17
#1 Buckeyes 38, Nittany Lions 10
Running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 15) rushed for 153 yards as Ohio State dispatched Penn State with relative ease, 38-10. The Buckeyes wore all-black uniforms for the game, which was dubbed a ‘Dark Night in the Shoe’.
at Rutgers – Oct. 24
#1 Buckeyes 49, Scarlet Knights 7
In his first start of the season, quarterback J.T. Barrett (No. 16) threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores to lead Ohio State to a 49-7 victory at Rutgers.
Minnesota – Nov. 7
#1 Buckeyes 28, Golden Gophers 14
Ohio State needed a interception return for a touchdown from safety Vonn Bell (No. 11) to put Minnesota away, 28-14. Bell, though not a receiver, donned a “Zone 6” sticker after scoring a touchdown on a fumble recovery earlier in the season.
at Illinois – Nov. 14
#2 Buckeyes 28, Fighting Illini 3
Running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 15) ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns to lead Ohio State to a 28-3 victory over Illinois. Elliott racked up 129 of his yards and both scores in the second half.
Michigan State – Nov. 21
#9 Spartans 17, #3 Buckeyes 14
Receiver Braxton Miller (No. 5) was limited to one reception in his final game in Ohio Stadium and Michigan State snapped Ohio State’s 23-game winning streak with a 17-14 win. Both teams wore helmet decals in honor of Chad Carr — the grandson of former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr — who had inoperable brain cancer. Carr passed away two weeks later at the age of 5. Miller donned stickers for injured teammates Corey Smith (No. 84) and Noah Brown (No. 80), his No. 1 helmet identification number and a “Zone 6” decal.
at Michigan – Nov. 28
#8 Buckeyes 42, #10 Wolverines 13
One week after being held to only 33 yards on 12 carries in a home loss to Michigan State, running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 15) ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns in helping the Buckeyes rout Michigan, 42-13.
BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl vs Notre Dame – Jan. 1
#7 Buckeyes 44, #8 Fighting Irish 28
Quarterback J.T. Barrett (No. 16) threw for 211 yards and a touchdown with 96 yards rushing to help the Buckeyes throttle Notre Dame, 44-28, in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl. Barrett was named game’s most valuable offensive player.