Chasing History: Updating J.T. Barrett's Place in Ohio State's Record Book

By Chris Lauderback on December 11, 2016 at 11:00 am
No matter your opinion of J.T. Barrett, Ohio State's record book backs his historical greatness.

Depending on who might be standing with you at the water cooler, you'd potentially never guess J.T. Barrett is unquestionably one of the all-time great Buckeye quarterbacks. 

You'd have no idea he's thrown for 24 touchdowns this year against only five picks or that he's the team's 2nd-leading rusher with 847 yards and another nine touchdowns, or that he's averaging nearly 273 yards of total offense per Saturday. 

Such is life for a quarterback that is not without flaws playing behind an offensive line with a leaky right tackle and a group of true wide receivers that have largely struggled to emerge. 

Still, Barrett has somehow managed to crank out a 26-3 record in his career as Ohio State's starting quarterback including a 7-1 mark against then-ranked teams

Regardless of where Barrett stands in the pantheon of OSU signal-callers, his place in the school's record books can't be argued.

We last updated Barrett's assault on the school's record book back in mid-October so before the redshirt junior gets set to lead Ohio State into the College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson, here's where the young man stands on a host of career Buckeye marks. 


Barrett entered the 2016 season with 3,826 passing yards, good for 11th on the school's all-time list. 

Through 12 games this year, Barrett's added another 2,428 bringing his current tally to 6,254 passing yards vaulting him past Craig Krenzel, Jim Karsatos, Braxton Miller, Mike Tomczak, Troy Smith and Steve Bellasari into 5th place all-time. 

With 63 passing yards against Clemson, Barrett would move into 4th all-time passing Greg Frey and with a reasonable 117, he would overtake Joe Germaine for 3rd place all-time. 

Assuming Barrett comes back next year a healthy season would easily move him to the top of Ohio State's career passing yards list as he needs just 979 yards to leap Bobby Hoying for 2nd place and 1,294 yards to overtake current leader Art Schlichter (7,547). 


The great Joe Germaine held the school record for career passing yards per game at 172.2 in 37 games entering this year though it's always worth putting on asterisk on this noting it would've been much higher had he not been forced to share time with Stanley Jackson.

Interestingly, Barrett entered 2016 in 2nd place averaging 166.3 passing yards per game despite also sharing time with a peer, in this case Cardale Jones, for most of 2015. 

As the unquestioned starter this year Barrett has averaged 202.3 passing yards per game bumping his current career mark to 178.7 which catapults him past Germaine into the top spot in school annals. 

J.T. Barrett holds Ohio State's school-record with 178.7 passing yards per game over his career-to-date.

Entering 2016, Hoying held the school's record for most career 200-yard passing games with 16, doing so in 36% of his games played. 

Barrett began this year in 7th place all-time with 11 such performances and has added another seven in 12 games meaning he's your new record holder with 18 total games throwing for at least 200 yards. 

For the sake of further comparison, Barrett beat Hoying's mark of 16 by throwing for at least 200 yards in 51% of his games played. 


Germaine is Ohio State's all-time leader with eight games of 300+ passing yards and that mark continues to be safe. 

Barrett entered 2016 in 2nd place all-time with four such games and after he scorched Bowling Green for 349 in the opener it seemed he might have a chance to make some noise but that never materialized with Barrett still stick on five career 300+ yard passing days. 


As you might have guessed, Braxton entered the season as Ohio State's all-time leader in career 200-yard total offense performances, doing so in 22 games. 

Barrett wasn't far behind, in 6th place to be exact, with 15 such outings. 

Through 12 games this year Barrett reached 200 yards of total offense in all but one meaning he's your new all-time leader with 26 career games posting at least 200 yards of total offense, passing Schlichter, Hoying, Bellisari, Smith and Miller. 


Schlichter entered the year as the school's all-time leader in total offense with 8,850 yards with Barrett back in 10th place tallying 5,446 yards of his own. 

Through 12 games, Barrett has amassed 2,428 passing yards with another 847 on the ground pushing his season total to 3,275 yards of total offense. 

Adding that 3,275 to the 5,446 he had to open the season, Barrett's total to-date stands at 8,721 yards, pushing him past Archie, Tomczak, Germaine, Frey, Bellisari, Smith, Hoying and Braxton into 2nd place all-time. 

In fact, Barrett needs just 130 yards of total offense to pass Schlichter (8,850) for the No. 1 spot all-time. Not bad for a guy with a weenie arm and mediocre foot speed. 


Hoying entered the 2016 season as Ohio State's all-time leader in completions with 498 while Barrett found himself outside the top-10 with 296. 

Through 12 games however Barrett added another 214 to his tally giving him 510 in his career with the record-breaking 499th completion coming to Dontre Wilson early in the win over Michigan. 

J.T. Barrett's is Ohio State's career leader with 69 touchdown passes and counting.

Hoying also owned this record coming into the season with 57 touchdown passes but as you'll recall, Barrett passed Hoying's mark with four touchdown throws against lowly Rutgers pushing his career total to 59. 

Since then Barrett has inflated his school-record to 69 career touchdown passes and counting. 

Also of note here, Hoying's school mark of 57 touchdown passes came with 35 career interceptions. Barrett has thrown 19 interceptions along with those 69 touchdown tosses. Damn, Gina. 


Miller's 88 career touchdowns responsible for stood as Ohio State's school record entering 2016 but with Barrett starting 2016 in 4th place all-time with 67, it was a foregone conclusion Miller's mark would fall. 

Not only did it fall, Barrett obliterated Miller's mark as his 33 touchdowns responsible for so far this year edged his career total to an even 100. 

Also of note, Barrett entered this year as the school's all-time leader in completion percentage at 64.2% but that number has dipped to 63.2% putting him in 2nd place behind Todd Boeckman at 63.4%. Barrett can still reclaim the top spot before the season ends depending on how things shake out in the CFP. 

Finally, Barrett entered the season and still holds the school record for career average total offense per game (249.2)and career 300-yard total offense games (15).

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