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  01/01/22 - Jaxon Smith-NjigbaJr/2024, Ohio State, 6-0, 198 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba put on a passing performance that obliterated a multitude of records during one of the biggest offensive days in Ohio State's storied history. The Buckeyes still barely did enough to hold off resilient Utah and its backup quarterback in one spectacular Rose Bowl. Stroud capped his record-setting offensive day by leading a 56-yard drive ending in Noah Ruggles' 19-yard field goal with nine seconds to play, and No. 7 Ohio State beat No. 10 Utah 48-45 on Saturday night in the wild 108th edition of the Rose Bowl. Stroud passed for a school-record 573 yards and a record-tying six touchdowns for the Buckeyes (11-2), who won the Granddaddy of Them All for the second time in four years while toppling one long-standing offensive record after another.

Stroud's yards passing and touchdowns both are Rose Bowl records, and he finished 3 yards shy of the record for yards passing in any bowl game. "It's emotional for me," said Stroud, from nearby Rancho Cucamonga. "It's like I'm dreaming right now. I was able to come home and win the Rose Bowl like this...This is the Rose Bowl, man. This is where the legendary games are being played." Ohio State created a few more legends on this trip. Smith-Njigba set the record for any FBS bowl game with 347 yards receiving while catching a school-record 15 passes and scoring three touchdowns. Marvin Harrison Jr. also caught three TD passes for the Buckeyes, who set a Rose Bowl and school bowl record with 683 total yards. - Ohio State/AP College Football


(DS#1 WR) Jr/2024 WR Jaxon Smith-NjigbaOhio State
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  12/27/21 - *Garrett WilsonJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-0, 192 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson is skipping the Rose Bowl to enter the NFL draft. Wide receiver Chris Olave, offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett are also bypassing the game, coach Ryan Day said during the Buckeyes' visit to Disneyland to celebrate their New Year's Day showdown against Pac-12 champion Utah. "Certainly love those guys and appreciate everything they've done for the program, but the guys have had a good month of practice and we're gonna go forward with the guys that we have," Day said. Wilson made the announcement Monday in a statement on Twitter. "This journey has been a lifetime in the making and after careful consideration, today, I am excited to start the next chapter by declaring for the NFL Draft," Wilson wrote.

Wilson, a 6-foot, 192-pound junior, is regarded as a potential first-round selection. He had 70 receptions for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns, ranking second on the team in each category for the potent Buckeyes passing attack. He caught 23 touchdowns in his three seasons at Ohio State. Olave returned for his senior season in hopes of helping No. 7 Ohio State (No. 6 CFP) win the national title, but those aspirations ended with the 42-27 rivalry game loss to Michigan. Day said Olave is with the team in Southern California and even went through practice on Monday. - AP College Football


(DS#2 WR) Jr/2022 WR *Garrett WilsonOhio State
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  12/20/21 - Ronnie HickmanrJr/2024, Ohio State, 6-1, 205 (DS#3 FS) + More +

  Ronnie Hickman made the most of his first starting role, rarely leaving the field and establishing himself as arguably Ohio State football's most consistent defender. The safety said Thursday he plans to resume that role in 2022. While he is a third-year sophomore eligible for the NFL Draft, Hickman said he plans to return to Ohio State for another season. Other Buckeyes said they have not made their NFL Draft decisions, including defensive end Zach Harrison, offensive lineman Dawand Jones and cornerback Cameron Brown. But all said they plan to play in the Rose Bowl against Utah on Jan. 1 regardless. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

(DS#3 FS) rJr/2024 FS Ronnie HickmanOhio State
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  12/09/21 - Noah RugglesrSr/2023, Ohio State, 6-2, 190 (DS#5 K) + More +

  2021 LOU GROZA COLLEGIATE PLACE-KICKER AWARD FINALIST: Noah Ruggles, Ohio State,...Ruggles, who is in his first season with the Buckeyes and graduating and transferring from the University of North Carolina, is the nation's top-scoring kicker with 113 points. He's made 16 of 17 field goals and all 65 of his extra points. He made four field goals in back-to-back wins over Penn State and Nebraska, becoming the first kicker in program history to do so. His season-long field goal of 46 yards gave Ohio State a two-score lead in a 26-17 win at Nebraska on Nov. 6. - Ohio State Football

(DS#5 K) rSr/2023 K Noah RugglesOhio State
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  12/09/21 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD FINALIST: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Stroud guides an offense that is No. 1 nationally in scoring (47.2 points per game) and yardage (559.9 yards per game). He's No. 2 nationally - and No. 1 among Power 5 players - in QB rating (186.7), No. 4 in touchdown passes (36), No. 6 in yards per game (346.8), No. 4 in yards per attempt (10.0) and No. 8 in completion percentage (71.1). A seven-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Stroud's total of 3,468 yards passing is already the second-highest in single-season history. Last Saturday, he established a career high with six touchdown passes - all in the first half - while completing 32 of 35 passes for 432 yards against than-No. 7 Michigan State. - Ohio State Football

(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  12/06/21 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud,...Stroud, a redshirt freshman quarterback and first-year starter, completed 280 of 395 passes for 3,862 yards with 38 touchdowns and just five interceptions, leading the Buckeyes to a 10-2 record. His 182.2 quarterback rating is second-best nationally, his 351.1 passing yards per game are fourth-best, his 38 TDs are fifth-best and his 70.9 completion percentage is sixth-best. The Buckeye offense he directs was No. 1 nationally in total offense (551.4 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.5) and No. 5 in passing offense (364.9). - Heisman Memorial Trophy

(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  12/01/21 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN GRAHAM-GEORGE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Stroud is the first ever from the Big Ten to earn offensive player of the year and freshman of the year in the same season. Additionally: no one has won all three awards in the same year. Stroud is the sixth consecutive quarterback from Ohio State to be named quarterback of the year, and he is the fourth consecutive Buckeye to double-up as quarterback and offensive player of the year. - Ohio State Football

(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  12/01/21 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN GRIESE-BREES QUARTERBACK OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Individually, Stroud currently has the best Ohio State single season marks for passing efficiency (182.2), completion pct. (70.9) and passing yards per game (351.1). His 3,862 passing yards ranks second in school history and his 38 touchdown passes rank third. - Ohio State Football

(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  12/01/21 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN THOMPSON-RANDLE EL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Stroud, Ohio State,...Stroud, a redshirt freshman from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who had not thrown a collegiate pass prior to this season, has led arguably the best offense in the nation with Ohio State No. 1 nationally in total offense (551.4 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.5 ppg), and No. 5 in passing offense (364.9 ypg). - Ohio State Football

(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  11/21/21 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  NOV 21 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. STROUD, OHIO STATE, RS Freshman, Quarterback, Inland Springs, CA/Rancho Cucamonga,...C.J. Stroud passed for 432 yards and six touchdowns - all of which came in the first half - as fourth-ranked Ohio State defeated 7th-ranked Michigan State, 56-7. Stroud completed 32-of-35 passes for 432 yards, including a school record 17 consecutive pass completions. With the win, the Buckeyes improved to 10-1, 8-0 in the Big Ten. Notes: C.J. Stroud is the 13th Ohio State player to earn Walter Camp National FBS Player of Week honors, and the first since former Buckeye defensive end Chase Young (Nov. 24, 2019). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  11/21/21 - Chris OlaveSr/2022, Ohio State, 6-1, 188 (DS#4 WR) + More +

  Ohio State is No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, surging three spots Sunday past No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Cincinnati in a close vote. Georgia is a unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank for the seventh consecutive week, but for the second week in a row, No. 2 has changed. Alabama slipped past Cincinnati last week and then Ohio State leapfrogged them both after routing Michigan State 56-7 on Saturday. The Buckeyes received 1,434 points from the media panel. The Crimson Tide had 1,423 and the Bearcats got 1,416.

Notre Dame is up to a season-high No. 5 and Michigan will go into its game against Ohio State next Saturday ranked No. 6. The winner of Buckeyes-Wolverines will play in the Big Ten championship game. Oklahoma State moved to a season-high No. 7 and is one of three teams from the Big 12 residing in the back half of the top 10, along with No. 9 Baylor and No. 10 Oklahoma. The Cowboys host the Sooners next Saturday in a Bedlam game that will help decide the Big 12 championship participants. Oklahoma State has clinched a spot, and Baylor and Oklahoma are still alive. Mississippi rounds out the top 10 at No. 8. - AP College Football


(DS#4 WR) Sr/2022 WR Chris OlaveOhio State
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  11/20/21 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  C.J. Stroud threw for nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns in the first half as No. 5 Ohio State made it look easy in a 56-7 blowout of No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday. Stroud finished 32-for-35 against the Spartans' sketchy pass defense, which had allowed more yards through the air than any in major college football, and positioned himself as maybe the Heisman Trophy favorite heading into the championship stretch of the season. Heisman hopeful Kenneth Walker III, the nation's leading rusher for Michigan State (9-2, 6-2 , CFP No. 7), was turned into a nonfactor by the Buckeyes. Walker had six carries for 25 yards.

By the time Stroud took a seat late in the third quarter, the redshirt freshman piled up 432 yards for the Buckeyes (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 4), who polished their College Football Playoff resume and served warning to No. 8 Michigan ahead of the rivalry game next week that may end up determining the winner of the Big Ten East. "You can see our capability," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. "We're playing really good football, clean football. We have a high ceiling, and we're still striving towards greatness." The Buckeyes' top three receivers all eclipsed the 100-yard mark and caught touchdown passes. Chris Olave had seven catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Garrett Wilson grabbed seven for 126 and a pair of scores, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba had 10 receptions for 105 yards and a TD. Ohio State led 49-0 at the half and outgained the Spartans 655-224. "We got blasted," Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said. - Ohio State/AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  11/16/21 - *Garrett WilsonJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-0, 192 (DS#2 WR) + More +

  NOV 15 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Garrett Wilson, Ohio State, WR – Jr. – Austin, Texas – Lake Travis (Texas),...Scored four offensive touchdowns in Ohio State's 59-31 win over No. 19 Purdue. Caught 10 passes for 126 yards (12.6 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns...Also scored his first career rushing touchdown on a 51-yard run in the second quarter...Became the first Ohio State wide receiver to notch four touchdowns in a game since Noah Brown against Oklahoma in 2016. Registered the first four-touchdown game by a Buckeye since J.K. Dobbins vs. Michigan in 2019...Is one of just two players in the Big Ten to score four or more touchdowns in a single game in 2021, joining Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III (five touchdowns vs. Michigan on Oct. 30 and four touchdowns at Northwestern on Sept. 3)...Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 11, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#2 WR) Jr/2022 WR *Garrett WilsonOhio State
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  11/16/21 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  NOV 15 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.),...Completed 31 of 38 passes (.816 pct.) for 361 yards and a career-high-tying five touchdowns in Ohio State's 59-31 win over No. 19 Purdue. Marks his sixth 300-yard passing performance of the season...His 31 completions are tied for the sixth most in a single game in Ohio State history and his five touchdown passes are tied for the seventh most in program history...Is the only quarterback in the Big Ten to throw for five touchdowns in a game this season and has now done so three times (vs. Purdue, vs. Maryland and at Rutgers)...Ranks fifth in the FBS this season in passing efficiency (179.4)...Earns the sixth Freshman of the Week honor of his career; was also named Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11...Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 25, 2021). - Big Ten Football

(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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  11/13/21 - C.J. StroudrSo/2025, Ohio State, 6-2, 218 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  After two weeks of some uneven offensive play, the No. 6 Buckeyes were understandably anxious this week with giant-killer Purdue coming to town. Ohio State had reason to be wary of the Boilermakers, who had already upset two top-five teams this season. The last time the two teams met, Purdue halted the Buckeyes' 2018 march to the playoffs with a stunning upset in West Lafayette. No worries this time. Freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud was dialed in, throwing for 361 yards and five touchdowns as the Buckeyes struck early and rolled over Purdue 59-31 on Saturday. "It's going to build a lot of confidence," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said. "I don't think our guys were lacking confidence, I just think after the last two weeks - we were on edge a little bit this week, to be honest with you. We just wanted to get back in this game, score in the red zone and get our nose dirty a little bit, and I think we did that." The Buckeyes (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 4) scored on all seven of their first-half possessions, piling up 45 points against a Purdue team that hadn't allowed more than 30 in any game this year. TreVeyon Henderson added to his impressive freshman resume with 98 yards and a pair of first-half TDs.

Garrett Wilson caught three touchdown passes and ran for another. "We were lucky to hold them to 59," Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. The Buckeyes romped early, capitalizing on two Boilermakers turnovers, the second of which was a fumbled kickoff recovered on the Purdue 14. The 12-yard catch by Wilson two plays later gave the Buckeyes two touchdowns in 14 seconds. Wilson had 10 catches for 126 yards. Jaxson Smith-Njigba followed up a 15-catch, 240-yard effort last week with nine catches for 139 yards a a TD. Chris Olave had nine receptions for 85 yards a touchdown, the 33rd of his career and one away from the school record. "It's just real scary," Smith-Njigba said. "I think its hard for defenses to cover all of us." - Ohio State/AP College Football


(DS#2 QB) rSo/2025 QB C.J. StroudOhio State
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