Ohio State Buckeyes football statistical leaders

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Despite playing his senior year as a wide receiver, Braxton Miller is the Buckeyes' second career leader in total offense yards.

The Ohio State Buckeyes football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Ohio State Buckeyes football program in various categories,[1] including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Buckeyes represent the Ohio State University in the NCAA's Big Ten Conference.

Although Ohio State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890, the school's official record book considers[1] the "modern era" to have begun in 1944. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

  • Since 1944, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.
  • The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.
  • The NCAA only began counting bowl games toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.[2] The Buckeyes have played in 13 bowl games since then, giving many recent players an additional game to accumulate statistics. However, Ohio State's official record books included bowl games in single-season and career statistics long before the NCAA made it official policy.
  • The Big Ten instituted a championship game starting in 2011, allowing the top team in each division to play another game each season. The Buckeyes played in this game in 2013 and 2014 and 2017.
  • Since head coach Urban Meyer arrived in 2012, the Buckeyes have run a spread option offense. 2013 saw the most offensive yards in school history,[1] and the 2014 team passed that mark. The emphasis on dual-threat quarterbacks has led to Braxton Miller and JT Barrett entering the leaderboards.

These lists are updated through Ohio State's game against Minnesota on October 13, 2018. The Ohio State Media Guide does not include 2010 statistics for Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, and DeVier Posey due to NCAA sanctions. They are fully included in these lists, however.


Passing yards[edit]

Passing touchdowns[edit]


Rushing yards[edit]

Rushing touchdowns[edit]



Receiving yards[edit]

Receiving touchdowns[edit]

Total offense[edit]

Total offense is the sum of passing and rushing statistics. It does not include receiving or returns.[31]

Total offense yards[edit]

Total touchdowns[edit]






Field goals made[edit]

Field goal percentage[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "2014 Ohio State Buckeyes Media Guide" (PDF). OhioStateBuckeyes.com. Retrieved 2014-11-16.
  2. ^ "NCAA changes policy on football stats". ESPN.com. AP. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2014-09-11.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "J.T. Barrett". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Braxton Miller". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  5. ^ a b c "Box Score: Indiana vs. Ohio State". ESPN.com. October 6, 2018. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Box Score: Minnesota vs. Ohio State". ESPN.com. October 13, 2018. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "No. 6 Ohio St posts record romp over Bowling Green 77-10". ESPN.com. 2016-09-03.
  8. ^ "Box Score: Ohio State vs. TCU". ESPN.com. September 15, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "Smith, Ohio State cruise past Wildcats for fifth straight win". ESPN.com. 2005-11-12.
  10. ^ a b "Dwayne Haskins Stats". ESPN.com. Retrieved 10/6/2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ a b "Kenny Guiton sets Ohio State touchdown record in 76-0 laugher". ESPN.com. 2013-09-21.
  12. ^ a b "J.T. Barrett ties Ohio State record with 6 TD passes in rout". ESPN.com. 2014-09-13.
  13. ^ a b "Box Score: Oregon State vs. Ohio State". ESPN.com. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Box Score: Tulane vs. Ohio State". ESPN.com. September 22, 2018. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Ezekiel Elliott". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  16. ^ "Ohio State thwarts Indiana's upset bid behind Ezekiel Elliott's career day". ESPN.com. 2015-10-03.
  17. ^ "Carlos Hyde, Braxton Miller lift Buckeyes from ground in rout of Illini". ESPN.com. 2013-11-16.
  18. ^ "Ezekiel Elliott's 4 TDs lift Ohio State to inaugural CFP title over Oregon". ESPN.com. 2015-01-12.
  19. ^ College Football Playoff National Championship
  20. ^ "Buckeyes' Fiesta hopes stay alive". ESPN.com. 2002-10-19.
  21. ^ "Cardale Jones, in 2nd career start, leads Ohio State in upset of Alabama". ESPN.com. 2015-01-01.
  22. ^ Sugar Bowl; College Football Playoff Game
  23. ^ "Curtis Samuel". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  24. ^ "Braxton Miller, No. 14 Ohio State hold off No. 20 Michigan State". ESPN.com. 2012-09-29.
  25. ^ Sugar Bowl
  26. ^ a b c "Devin Smith". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  27. ^ "Ohio State survives on last-second field goal". ESPN.com. 2004-09-11.
  28. ^ "Michael Thomas". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  29. ^ "Ohio State blows out Wisconsin for statement win in Big Ten title game". ESPN.com. 2014-12-06.
  30. ^ Big Ten Championship Game
  31. ^ "Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Record Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
  32. ^ "Barrett, Elliott lead Buckeyes by Bearcats, 50-28". ESPN.com. 2014-09-27.
  33. ^ "Smith, Ginn lift speedy Ohio State to another Fiesta title". ESPN.com. 2006-01-02.
  34. ^ Fiesta Bowl
  35. ^ "J.T. Barrett (4 touchdowns), No. 8 Ohio State outlast Minnesota". ESPN.com. 2014-11-15.
  36. ^ "Ginn returns fourth punt for TD this season". ESPN.com. 2004-11-20.
  37. ^ "J.T. Barrett's big night carries Buckeyes to statement win over Spartans". ESPN.com. 2014-11-08.
  38. ^ "Buckeyes' Smith throws 3 TDs as Spartans falter". ESPN.com. 2005-10-15.
  39. ^ "Ohio St. gets Big Ten record 20th straight conference win". ESPN.com. 2007-11-03.
  40. ^ "Ohio State stays perfect after beating Wisconsin in OT". ESPN.com. 2012-11-17.
  41. ^ "Buckeyes' national title hopes still intact". ESPN.com. 2002-11-16.
  42. ^ a b "Tyler Durbin". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  43. ^ "Buckeyes prevail behind five Nugent field goals". ESPN.com. 2004-09-18.
  44. ^ "Late score lifts Texas to second straight Big Ten win". ESPN.com. 2005-09-10.
  45. ^ "Ohio St. picks off Jacory Harris 4 times; Terrelle Pryor scores 2 TDs". ESPN.com. 2010-09-11.