The formations weren’t quite the same, but the tactics mirrored some of the “innovations” of today.
Chaump got Hayes to spread out his formations, from the Robust T (or Fullhouse backfield, which they still used in short-yardage situations and the goal line) with three men in the backfield to a slot I formation with a split end.
(The late '90s and early 2000s saw many teams move a second back out of the backfield, too, though now there is a trend back toward more two-back sets.)
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Perhaps more noteworthy: The Buckeyes also began running what today we're calling run-pass options to take advantage of Rex Kern's intellect and athleticism.
The quarterback could throw a little pass to the outside to punish defenses for packing it in against the Buckeyes, or he could attack the middle with a handoff. He could also keep the ball and frequently did, running for at least 500 years three seasons in a row.
(He might have done that more, but he told me once during an interview while I worked at Buckeye Sports Bulletin he rarely needed to because the offensive line was so good.)
So Woody Hayes, the Clifton native who supposedly liked to tell folks that people from Greene County said he was from Clark County and people from Clark County said he was from Greene County, recruited a transcendent class, let a high school coach tell him a better way to use it*, won his fourth national championship and went on his second great run as the coach of the Buckeyes.
(Not mentioned in the PennLive.com story: Ohio State also went to a hurry-up offense in 1968, something Hayes got from Upper Arlington High School.)
Pretty good, huh?
The 1968 season was one of the greatest in college football history, a convergence of talent and scheme change that reverberates through to today in Columbus and beyond.