C.J. Stroud - Heisman Trophy Finalist

QB | RS- Freshman | Inland Empire, Calif.

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Redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud has not only carried the torch for recent standout play at the quarterback position, but has set his own standard with the Scarlet and Gray in 2021.

 


— FAST FACT —

 Stroud tied the Ohio State record with seven B1G Freshman of the Week awards with J.T. Barrett from 2014


 

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— FAST FACT —

Tied the single-game touchdown record with six touchdown passes vs. Michigan State (shares mark with Dwayne Haskins, J.T. Barrett and Kenny Guyton) 


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Game 1: Ohio State 45 | Minnesota 31

13-22 | 294 Yards | 4 TDs

On a rainy Thursday night in Minneapolis, Minn., the No. 4 Ohio State football team battled to a 45-31 win at Minnesota at Huntington Bank Stadium to open the 2021 season.

The Buckeye offense totaled 495 total yards, including 294 through the air. Redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud threw four touchdown passes in his first collegiate start for 294 yards.

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Game 2: Oregon 35 | Ohio State 28

35-54 | 484 Yards | 3 TDs

Buckeye quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for 484 yards and three touchdowns, but it was not enough to overcome a strong Duck offense that seemed to answer every Buckeye score with one of its own in a 35-28 inter-conference win.

Three Buckeye receivers topped 100 yards receiving on the day as Chris Olave hauled in 12 catches for 126 yards, Garrett Wilson had eight grabs for 117, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba went for 145 yards on seven receptions.

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Game 3: Ohio State 41 | Tulsa 20

15-25 | 185 Yards | TD Pass

The Buckeyes held a tight 27-20 advantage midway through the fourth quarter before Henderson ripped off another big run of 31 yards to set Ohio State up deep in Tulsa Territory. Quarterback C.J. Stroud found Garrett Wilson for a 12-yard TD and Cameron Martinez returned an interception 61 yards to the end zone on the ensuing Golden Hurricane possession to seal the win.

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— FAST FACT —

Stroud is one of only two QBs in Ohio State history to throw 5 TD passes in back-to-back games (Haskins – 2018)


 

Game 5: Ohio State 52 | Rutgers 13

17-23 | 330 Yards | 5 TDs

Following an injury and missing the Akron game, redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud returned under center in stellar fashion with 330 passing yards on 17-of-23 attempts with a season-high five touchdown passes.

The No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes returned to Big Ten play in explosive fashion, hammering the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 52-13, Saturday afternoon on the banks of the Raritan River at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, N.J.

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Game 6: Ohio State 66 | Maryland 17

24-33 | 406 Yards | 5 TDs

Besides taking a knee at the end of the first half, No. 7 Ohio State scored on each of its first nine possessions in dominating Maryland, 66-17, Saturday in front of 99,277 in Ohio Stadium.

For the second game in a row, quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for five touchdowns. Overall, he was an efficient 24-for-33 for 406 yards.

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— FAST FACT —

Stroud is the first Ohio State QB with 400+ passing yards, 5+ TD and 0 INT in a game (Maryland and Michigan State)


 

Game 7: Ohio State 54 | Indiana 7

21-28 | 405 Yards | 4 TDs

Buckeye QB C.J. Stroud turned in another standout performance, connecting on 21-28 pass attempts for 266 yards and four touchdowns as No. 5 Ohio State reeled off 47 unanswered points (including a 30-point second quarter) en route to its 26th straight win over Indiana.

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Game 8: Ohio State 33 | Penn State 24

22-34 | 305 Yards | TD Pass

C.J. Stroud completed 22 of 34 passes for 305 yards with one touchdown to lead the No. 5 Buckeyes (7-1, 5-0) to a 33-24 win over No. 20 Penn State (5-3, 2-3) Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

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Game 9: Ohio State 26 | Nebraska 17

36-54 | 405 Yards | 2 TDs

Stroud topped 400 yards passing in a gritty win on the road against a game Cornhuskers squad. He help contribute to a record-setting day for Sophomore wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, with 15 catches for 240 receiving yards. The mark passed David Boston’s record of 14 receptions (at Penn State, 1997). His 240 receiving yards was just 13 yards shy of the OSU record by Terry Glenn (253, at Pitt, 1995).

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Ohio State Buckeyes

— FAST FACT —

Stroud broke the Buckeye record for consecutive completions (17) vs. Michigan State


 

Game 10: Ohio State 59 | Purdue 31

31-38 | 361 Yards | 5 TDs

Quarterback C.J. Stroud led an explosive Ohio State offense in a 59-31 win over Purdue Nov. 13 in front of 101,009 in Ohio Stadium. He completed 31-of-38 attempts for 361 yards for five touchdowns.  Stroud was named B1G Freshman of the Week for the fifth time of the 2021 season.

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Game 11: Ohio State 56 | Michigan State 7

32-35 | 432 Yards | 6 TDs

Stroud passed for six first-half touchdowns en route to a 49-0 advantage heading into halftime as No. 4 Ohio State never looked back recording win No. 10 on the season, a 56-7 defeat of No. 7 Michigan State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) Nov. 20 in Ohio Stadium.

Stroud found Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson for a pair of first half TDs and also connected with Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming for scores. He finished the day 32-35 for 432 yards and the six touchdowns. At one point he completed 17 passes in a row, setting an Ohio State record. Olave (7-140-2), Wilson (7-126-2) and Njigba (10-105-1) all topped 100 yards receiving with Olave and Wilson recording all their stats in the first 30 minutes of play.

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Game 12: Michigan 42 | Ohio State 27

34-49 | 394 Yards | 2 TDs

QB C.J. Stroud went 34-49 for 394 yards and a pair of TDs. All three Buckeye lead wide receivers turned in big days as well with Jaxon Smith-Njigba leading the way with 11 catches for 127 yards, while Garrett Wilson pulled in 10 grabs for 119 and TD. Chris Olave added 88 yards on seven receptions.

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