Countdown: 85 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
June 6, 2014 at 12:14a
Nugent for the Win

The one day and night spent in the doghouse wasn't too bad. To quote Aerosmith, "I'm back in the saddle again." We are now down to 85 days until the Buckeyes play at Navy for the season opener. Below you will find a list of the -- players who have worn number 85 for Ohio State. Today's article will feature the careers of Robert Joslin, Leo Brown, Cedric Saunders and one of my favorite Ohio State players, Mike Nugent. 

In case you missed any articles in the countdown.

Today's Trivia Questions:
How many Ohio State records does Mike Nugent have?

What team did Mike Nugent kick a 55-yard field goal in the closing seconds to defeat? 

Mike Nugent has an Ohio State record for consecutive field goals, how many did he make?

Players who Wore No. 85 at Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-Big Ten Captain Academic AA Ac. All-B1G Letter
Jim Campbell 1943            
George Toneft* 1944           1944
Donald Steinberg* 1945           1945
Fred Morrison* 1946-47           1946-47
Albert Hasselo 1948            
Dale King* 1949            
William Moshier 1950            
Robert Joslin 1951-53     1953     1951-53
Leo Brown 1955-57   1957 1957     1955-57
Frank Azok 1958-59            
Samuel Tidmore 1960-61           1960-61
James Nein* 1964, 1966           1964, 1966
Charles Aldrin 1968            
Jimmie Harris 1969-71           1969-71
John Smurda 1972-73           1972-73
Lawrence Kain* 1974-75           1974-75
John Meade 1978           1978
Judd Groza 1982-84         1984 1982-84
James Palmer 1988-89           1988-89
Cedric Saunders 1990-93     1993     1990-93
John Lumpkin 1994-98           1996-98
Marvin Payne*              
Andrew Lee 2000            
Mike Nugent 2001-04 2002, 2004 2002, 2004 2004     2001-04
Brian Robiskie* 2005           2005
Ryan Pretorius* 2005-08         2006-08 2006-08
Tony Harlamert 2010            
Frank Kangah 2011            
Marcus Baugh 2013            
Devonte Butler 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 85
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Bob Joslin on the Left

Bob Joslin End (1951-53)
Hometown: Middletown, Ohio

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 16-9-2 during Joslin's career.

1953 Captain.

Joslin's career game (that might have saved Woody Hayes' career at Ohio State) against That Team in 1952 per The Plain Dealer:

Ohio State may not be going to the Rose Bowl but Michigan for certain is eliminated -- by three solid touchdowns and 20 points.

Maddened by eight years of adversity, the Buckeyes rose in cool, calculating fury today to bury their old enemies, the once-mighty Wolverines, 27 to 7...

The victory today was Ohio State's first triumph over Michigan since 1944 and the largest margin it has rolled up over its oldest and most bitter rival in 15 years, since 1937.

Michigan's Rose Bowl aspirations died in the first half as Bob (Rocky) Joslin, great junior end from Middletown, O., made spectacular catches of two touchdown passes from the unerring arm of Quarterback John Borton...

Joslin, the remarkable end who had been hobbled by a bad knee much of the season -- his appearance in this game had been considered doubtful -- caught seven passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns...

Circus Catch by Joslin

Then came one of the most remarkable pass catches of the season. Borton hurled a long pass deep in the end zone. Joslin, being forced back, dove almost over the back boundary line of the end zone as he seized the ball. It was so close that the crowd waited for a decision. It was a touchdown all right, and Weed's kick gave Ohio a 14-0 lead...

Woody in 1952

And Ohio had hit the jackpot -- four touchdowns, two more than it had scored against Michigan in the last seven seasons. Too bad these hard-working Buckeyes can't go to the Rose Bowl, but that triumph today will be as long remembered as a Rose Bowl outing in Pasadena. Maybe longer, who knows?

Full article is here.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and

Leo Brown

Leo Brown WR (1955-57)
High School:

Ohio State
17 receptions, 249 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Captain of 1957 national championship team.

1957 Captain.

Leo Brown saves Rose Bowl victory and national championship per
Ohio State is leading 10-7 in the final minutes: 

...Oregon took a couple of shots at the end zone after that. A Crabtree pass to Ron Stover, who had a Rose Bowl record 10 catches, got the ball to the Ohio State 24, but at the end of the play Leo Brown blasted him and he crashed to the turf. The ball popped out, and by the rules of the day the ground could cause a fumble. Ohio State defensive back Jim Cannavino recovered.


Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and

Cedric Saunders with the Lions

Cedric Saunders TE (1990-93)
Born: 1972 (Tallahassee, FL)

Ohio State
68 receptions, 853 yards and a touchdown.

1993 Captain.
1993 2nd Team All-Big Ten.

Vice President of Football Operation for the Detroit Lions.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia

Mike Nugent...Awesomeness Defined

Mike Nugent PK (2001-04)
Born: 1982 (Centerville, Ohio)
High School: Centerville

Ohio State Records
Most FGs in a career: 68
Most FGs in a season (2002): 25
Consecutive FGs made (2001-02): 24
Consecutive FGs made in one season (2002): 23
Games with multiple FGs: 19
Consecutive FGs made in Ohio Stadium: 17
Consecutive games with at least one FG: 12 (tied)
FGs made 40+ yds. in a season (2002): 10
Made FGs/game (vs. N.C. State, 2004): 5 (tied)
Single-season 50+ FGs (2004): 5
Career 50+ FGs: 8
Career 50+ FGs in Ohio Stadium: 6
FG percentage season (25-28/2002): .893
Career FG percentage (68-84, 2001-04): .810
Back-to-back 50-yd. FGs: (55 vs. Marshall, 50 at N.C. State, 2004)
Longest FG/Ohio Stadium: (55 vs. Marshall and Wisconsin, 2004) tied
FGs made 40+ yds./game: 3 (tied) (twice, vs. Wash. St., 2002 and at N.C. State, 2004)


2002 All-American.
2002 All-Big Ten
2004 All-American.
2004 All-Big Ten
2004 Captain.
2004 Lou Groza Award winner.
2004 Team MVP (Only PK to receive honor at Ohio State).

Nugent's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

When Ohio State senior Mike Nugent, or “Nooooge” as he was known to Buckeye fans, was selected as the winner of the 2004 Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best place-kicker, no one was surprised. There was simply no one else in the same league.

Nugent was the model of consistency in 2004, converting 24 of 27 field goal attempts, including five-of-six from 50 yards or longer to lead the nation in that statistic. He also made all 30 of his extra point tries and sent 40 of his 62 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

In a 24-21 win over Marshall, the 5-10, 180-pound kicker calmly nailed a career-long 55-yarder as time ran out. The following week, in a hard-fought 22-14 win at North Carolina State, he was a perfect five-for-five in the field goal department. In his final game as a Buckeye, Nugent scored 15 points against Oklahoma State to become Ohio State’s all-time
leading scorer with 356 points.

During his illustrious career, Nugent literally rewrote the Ohio State record book, either setting outright or sharing in 22 school kicking records. Two of the more significant were career marks for field goals made (72 of 88) and career field goal percentage (.857). He also holds the marks for most consecutive field goals made (24), consecutive field goals made in
Ohio Stadium (17) and career 50-yard field goals (8).

Nugent won All-America honors in both 2002 and 2004, becoming the first Ohio State placekicker to receive a spot on the first team. He was a consensus choice in 2004, landing a spot on the Walter Camp, Football Writers, Football Coaches, Sporting News and Associated
Press All-American teams.

The Man

At the beginning of the 2004 season, Nugent’s teammates selected him as one of the team captains, the first kicker since 1976 to be so honored. At the end of the year, his teammates chose him as the 2004 MVP.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide


No. 85 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Fred Morrison* 1950 1 10 RB Bears
Samuel Tidmore 1962 6 81 DE Browns
Jimmy Harris 1972 12 312 WR Cowboys
Mike Nugent 2005 2 47 PK Jets
Brian Robiskie* 2009 2 36 WR Browns

*Wore a different number when drafted.
Sources- Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Today's Trivia Answers:
How many Ohio State records does Mike Nugent have?

What team did Mike Nugent kick a 55-yard field goal in the closing seconds to defeat? 
Marshall 24-21.

Mike Nugent has an Ohio State record for consecutive field goals, how many did he make?
24 between 2001-02.

The Game

175 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. I'm prepared for the next trip to the doghouse:

I'm Ready


"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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Knarcisi's picture

Remy, you're the next Jack Park. 

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Remy's picture

Thanks Knarcisi.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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Hovenaut's picture

Second that, Knarc.

Another fine edition, Remy.

Man...that Marshall kick. I just about went apesh!t...

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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The Rill Dill's picture

Did Nuge kick a  field goal against Marshall?

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IH8UOFM's picture

A kicker taken halfway through the 2nd round? Something we won't see again in our lifetimes....

UrbanRenewal's picture

Santonio Holmes was a man among boys! He made Justin Zwick look like Joe Montana. 

You don't get a virgin to the volcano by telling her you're gonna push her in.