"He also finished second in Heisman Trophy voting after the Buckeyes finished the '61 season with a national title and 8-0-1 record. Ferguson shared the backfield with halfbacks Paul Warfield and Matt Snell."
I'd always thought of Archie, Big Pete, and Brian Baschnagel (with Corny Greene at the wheel) as the best backfield in Ohio State history.
But in reading the writeup on the late Bob Ferguson here, especially the excerpt above, I have to say that '61 outfit was pretty damn good as well.
Hindsight is, and in, 2020
I signed in to say essentially the same thing. That was one loaded backfield.
"He only lost six yards in rushing that entire time."
Wow! Very impressive!
I worked in Troy, where he went to HS and I had always heard that he was literally never tackled for loss. Either way, extremely impressive considering the amount of carries and style of play.
"Print is dead"
I lived there too recently. Older folks still talk about his skills with great admiration.
Great choice in spite of a number of other great players wearing this number. But such a sad story too.
Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!
That was what I always heard as well (that he was never tackled for a loss in this three year career). Nonetheless, six total yards in losses is just as impressive over 423 career attempts.
I recall my dad & grandpa speaking fondly about Ferguson.
I don’t see it.
I wonder who will be #45?
That's a no-brainer. The Big Kat, of course!
(Kidding, although Andy was a great player for us)
Do not remember everyone that wore 45, but like 46, there will be more than one that is deserving. But it probably is already know by all.
One of my sons claims hacking passwords in Ohio should always start with the numbers, 45, 27. Then continue with the other obvious.
OK, so how many of you just changed your passwords?
Can you imagine the site meltdown if they don't pick Archie?
well deserved. Snell, Warfield and Ferguson was a heck of a backfield
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Don't forgot Tom Matte #41, who was there with him in '59 and '60. Matte moved to running back for the Colts (with that memorable return to quarterback), and he and Snell both rushed for over 100 yards in Super Bowl 3. Thought they both had better games than Broadway Joe.
That ' memorable return to quarterback' was the first time plays were put on wrist band. That one is in the HOF.
another of many (to come) 'no brainers'. Great Buckeye! Great man. Well deserved recognition!
15-1 is SWEET!
I wanted to see some film of Bob Ferguson, so I went to good ol' YouTube and found this:
"61 was a bit before my awareness of college football and I found this whole Rose Bowl controversy very interesting.
I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.
I’m pissed off after watching that.
The players really got screwed over by the administration.
Sure did. University politics took an opportunity from those kids to go play in a Rose Bowl for a national title. These 28 men and women should be ashamed of themselves.
Can't wait until tomorrow to see who is the greatest number 45
I remember Bob Ferguson very well. He was a man among boys.
Sooner or later it all gets real.
While playing for Troy High School in 1956, Ferguson was a 1,000-yard rusher after the SECOND GAME of the season. He rushed for 529 yards against Kiser in the season opener and 475 the next week against Monroe.
Attended my first games in the Shoe witnessing the play of Bob Ferguson. He was the prototypical fullback in Woody’s T-formation, “three yards and a cloud of dust” offense.
"Hit them hard and see how they fall"
Uh, welcome to the gun show? Good grief.
Go Trojans, Go Bucks!
Waiting to see who is tops for number 45. More than likely will be Archie but "Big Cat" was good too.
"The most important statistic, is the number of wins in a season".........Woody Hayes