Buckeyes QB C.J. Stroud earns Two Big Ten Weekly Honors for performance vs. Michigan State

C.J. Stroud throwing ball vs. Michigan State 2021 (courtesy 247 Sports)

He is the conference’s Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud picked up his seventh Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week award on Monday to go along with Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced.

Stroud was spectacular in Ohio State’s 56-7 win over No. 7 Michigan State on Saturday, completing 32 of 35 passes for 432 yards and a career-high six touchdown passes. The six TD passes – which all came in the first half – tied a single-game school record. It also tied the Big Ten record for touchdown passes in a game against an AP top-10 ranked team.

Stroud completed 17 consecutive passes in the first half to set another Ohio State school record, a total that is third all-time in Big Ten Conference history. The Buckeyes’ previous record of 16 was held by J.T. Barrett (2017 vs. Penn State) and Justin Fields (2020 vs. Nebraska and Penn State).

Stroud ties Barrett for the Ohio State record for most Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards. The overall conference record is eight, which was set by Wisconsin’s Jonathon Taylor in 2017. Stroud has also been the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.

Nationally, Stroud ranks in the top 10 in yards per game (sixth, 346.8), touchdown passes (36), quarterback rating (second, 186.7), completion percentage (eighth, 71.1) and yards per attempt (fourth, 10.0).

The Buckeyes (10-1, 8-0), ranked No. 2 in this week’s Associated Press poll, travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the regular season finale against No. 6 Michigan (10-1, 7-1). The winner of the game will represent the Big Ten East Division in the conference championship game on Dec. 4 in Indianapolis.


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