September 27, 2021
Threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns in his starting debut
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman quarterback Kyle McCord is the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday. McCord is the Buckeyes’ fourth consecutive Freshman of the Week honoree, joining C.J. Stroud, who won the award twice, and TreVeyon Henderson, who was last week’s recipient.
On Saturday night, McCord became just the fourth true freshman quarterback to start a game for the Buckeyes. He completed 13 of 18 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns. His yardage total is the most for a quarterback in his debut start, topping the previous mark of 313 yards by Dwayne Haskins vs. Oregon State in 2018.
McCord averaged 24.5 yards per completion. Six of his 13 completions went for 20 yards or more, including an 85-yarder to fellow true freshman Emeka Egbuka, which is tied for the third longest pass play in school history. After starting the game 0-for-2, McCord completed 12 of his next 14 passes.
Ohio State, ranked No. 11 in this week’s Associated Press poll, travels to Piscataway, N.J. this week for a 3:30 contest against Rutgers at SHI Stadium. The Big Ten Network will televise.
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