J.T. Barrett Breaks Art Schlichter's Record For Most Wins By An Ohio State Starting Quarterback

By Dan Hope on December 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm
J.T. Barrett

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is now the winningest quarterback in school history.

The Buckeyes' win over Wisconsin in Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game was the 37th win of Barrett's career as a starting quarterback, making him Ohio State's all-time leader in wins by a starting quarterback, surpassing the record of 36 wins previously set by Art Schlichter (1978-1981).

Barrett's 37th win came just six days after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after suffering a knee injury at Michigan. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said before Saturday's game that Barrett's return from injury was "not normal."

"It takes a rare individual to be able to (return in that time frame) because there is a pain threshold," Meyer said. "There is also, when you start talking about 15 hours a day of treatment, which is what he did, I can't say that's normal. Because it's not. I've had players have similar-type things happen, they're out two to three weeks. But he's not normal."

Saturday's win was Barrett's 11th win of the season, marking the third time – along with his freshman season in 2014 and junior season in 2016 – that Barrett has won 11 games in a year. He won only four games as a starting quarterback during his sophomore season in 2015, when Cardale Jones was the Buckeyes' starter for most of the season.

The wins record wasn't the only school record Barrett set on Saturday. Barrett also broke his own Ohio State single-season record for passing touchdowns (previously set at 34) in Saturday's game.

Ohio State's All-Time Winningest Starting Quarterbacks
Rank Name Wins Years
1 J.T. BARRETT 37 2014-17
2 ART SCHLICHTER 36 1978-81
4 BOBBY HOYING 30 1993-95
5 BRAXTON MILLER 26 2011-13
6 (tie) REX KERN 25 1968-70
6 (tie) TROY SMITH 25 2004-06
8 CRAIG KRENZEL 24 2001-03
9 MIKE TOMCZAK 23 1982-84
10 JIM KARSATOS 22 1983-86
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