Orange Bowl

1977

Ohio State 27
Colorado 10

January 1, 1977 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
Buckeyes Go to Bench for Offense
The Ohio State offense, led by second-team quarterback Rod Gerald, came alive in the second quarter as the Buckeyes went on to beat co-Big Eight champion Colorado 27-10.
 
The Buffaloes jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but a broken ankle suffered by middle guard Charlie Johnson turned the momentum to Ohio State.
 
After Jeff Logan's 36-yard touchdown run at the close of the first, Woody Hayes substituted the fleet-footed Gerald at quarterback and the offense came alive. The Buckeyes tied it at 10 on a Tom Skladany field goal and then went ahead on a 3-yard Pete Johnson run that capped a 99-yard drive.
 
The Buffs could not do anything offensively in the second half as Ohio State added 10 more points.
 

  OSU COLO
First Downs 17 5
Rushing Attempts 71 40
Rushing Yards 271 134
Passes Attempted 7 23
Passes Completed 2 8
Had Intercepted 2 0
Passing Yards 59 137
Total Offense 330 271
Punts/Avg. 3/42.2 7/35.2
Fumbles/Lost  4/4 1/0
Penalties/Yards 4/37 8/60

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Ohio State 10 10 3 7 - 27
Colorado 7 0 0 0 - 7

SCORING SUMMARY

COLO: Zetterberg 26-yard FG; COLO: Moorehead 11-yard pass from Kapple (Zetterberg kick); OSU: Logan 36-yard run (Skladany kick); OSU: Skladany 28-yard FG; OSU: P. Johnson 3-yard run (Skladany kick); OSU: Skladany 20-yard FG; OSU: Gerald 4-yard run (Skladany kick) MOP: Rod Gerald (Ohio State), Tom Cousineau (Ohio State)
 
Ohio State Head Coach: Woody Hayes
Colorado Head Coach: Bill Mallory