On a night when just about everything went right for Ohio State, quarterback J.T. Barrett reached a pair of milestones that no Buckeye has ever attained before.
First, Barrett ripped off a 37-yard rush in the first quarter, which brought his career total offense past 10,000 yards. He entered the game with 9,986 total yards, and is the first player in school history to hit five digits.
Then, late in the second quarter, with the Buckeyes already up 28-0, Barrett hit WR Terry McLaurin on a 13-yard completion that gave him the Ohio State career passing yardage record. He surpassed the mark of 7,547 yards, previously held by Art Schlichter.
After the Buckeyes’ 56-0 win, Barrett said it was remarkable to be at the top of that list.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” said Barrett. “I didn’t see that when I came to Ohio State. I just wanted to be the quarterback here and win a lot of football games and be productive doing it. I think it’s a great honor.”
Unlike Barrett, OSU head coach Urban Meyer is old enough to remember Schlichter’s time in scarlet and gray, which made the moment even more special to him.
“It’s incredible,” said Meyer. “When they told me he broke Art Schlichter’s record as the number one quarterback in passing yardage – that’s an era that I remember. I grew up watching him play and there was almost a thought that that would never be broken. So it’s an awesome honor.”
Barrett, who now stands at 7,622 passing yards with seven more regular season games left, could end up putting some serious distance between himself and Schlichter before the year is over.
“It’s pretty crazy, honestly. I didn’t think it was going to be me,” said Barrett. “It’s almost like ‘why not me? It could be me.’ Did I think about it in the locker room before the game, breaking records? It never came across my mind. I was worried about winning football games and playing at a high level.
The career passing yardage mark wasn’t the end of Barrett’s milestone day. After halftime, he moved into 10th place in Big Ten history in total offense after completing a pass to Marcus Baugh. That vaulted him past former Iowa QB Chuck Long.
Earlier this season, Barrett broke the Big Ten conference record for career touchdowns responsible for, topping Drew Brees’ old mark of 106.
He also holds the following OSU records:
- Career pass completions
- TD passes per game (tied with Kenny Guiton)
- Career TD passes
- Career passing yards per game
- Career 200-yard passing games
- Career total offense per game
- Touchdowns responsible for in a game
- Touchdowns responsible for in a season
- Career games with 200 yards of total offense
- Career games with 300 yards of total offense