Ryan Day Improves to 17-6 As A Head Coach Against Ranked Opponents, Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

By Andy Anders on September 25, 2023 at 2:59 pm
Ryan Day before Notre Dame

No active college football coach has a better record against ranked opponents than Ryan Day.

With Saturday’s 17-14 win over Notre Dame, Day is now 17-6 against ranked opponents as a head coach. That's a winning percentage of 73.9 percent, the best among all active college football coaches who have faced a minimum of 10 ranked opponents in their respective careers.

Day, who had never been a head coach before he became Ohio State’s head coach in 2019, now holds an overall record of 49-6, including a 32-2 mark in Big Ten play with two Big Ten championships and three College Football Playoff appearances.

Following his latest win over a ranked opponent, which was his eighth against a top-10-ranked opponent, the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation recognized Day as the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week for Week 4.

“Coach Day had his team prepared to fight to the very last second and pull out a huge road victory against a top-10 opponent,” Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation chairman Jim Terry said. “Coach Dodd would have admired the Buckeyes' resiliency, coming from behind late in the fourth and winning the game on a last-second touchdown.”

Ohio State beat then-No. 9 Notre Dame 17-14 on the road Saturday after a last-second touchdown from running back Chip Trayanum capped a 65-yard game-winning scoring drive.

The Dodd Trophy also made note of Day's charitable work through the Ryan and Nina Day Foundation, which works to fight stigma surrounding mental health issues and provide easy-access mental health resources to young adults. The foundation announced a $1 million donation to the OSU Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine in 2022.

Ohio State's record now stands at 4-0 for the 2023 season as the Buckeyes enter their bye week before returning to play against Maryland on Oct. 7.

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