Don Sutherin, who kicked game-winning field goal for Ohio State in '58 Rose Bowl, has died

Bill Rabinowitz
The Columbus Dispatch
Former Ohio State Buckeye Don Sutherin, who kicked the game-winning field goal in the 1958 Rose Bowl and went on to have a Hall of Fame CFL career, died Tuesday at the age of 85.

Don Sutherin, who kicked the game-winning field goal in the Rose Bowl for Ohio State's 1957 national championship team, has died at age 85.

His family notified The Dispatch that Sutherin died Tuesday at Mercy Hospital in Canton.

Sutherin's 34-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter provided the final points in Ohio State's 10-7 victory over Oregon in the 1958 Rose Bowl.

The Buckeyes (8-1) split the national title as a result. Ohio State was ranked No. 1 in the UPI coaches poll. Auburn, which was ineligible for a bowl because it was on probation for paying two players, finished No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll.

Sutherin also played defensive back for Ohio State. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 1958 draft by the New York Giants.

Sutherin played briefly in the NFL before having a Hall of Fame career in the Canadian Football League as both a defensive back and kicker. He played in eight Grey Cups, winning four. He also won three Grey Cups as an assistant coach, one with the Edmonton Eskimos and two with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Sutherin was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 1992.

"He was a wonderful father, husband, friend and coach," his daughter Rebecca said.

Bill Rabinowitz covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at brabinowitz@dispatch.com or on Twitter @brdispatch.

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