Ohio State Players Break Several Program and Rose Bowl Records in 48-45 Win Over Utah

By Matt Gutridge and Kevin Harrish on January 1, 2022 at 10:32 pm
Jaxon Smith-Njigba

Time to rewrite those record books.

Between C.J. Stroud's record-breaking passing performance, Jaxon Smith-Njigba's unprecedented game and the Buckeyes' offensive explosion, Ohio State's 48-45 win over was full of broken records, notable performances 

Here's a rundown.


  • Ohio State's 573 passing yards and 683 total yards are all-time Rose Bowl bests.
  • This marks the first time Ohio State has ever given up 35 points in the first half and won.
  • Ohio State's 48 points are the most the Buckeyes have ever scored in the Rose Bowl.
  • Utah's 45 points are the most Ohio State has ever allowed in the Rose Bowl.
  • The 93 combined points are the most combined points ever in an Ohio State bowl game.
  • The 20 rush attempts are the fewest ever for Ohio State in a bowl game.
  • Ohio State has now allowed 40 points in two consecutive games for the first time in program history.
  • Ohio State's 10.2 yards per play average is an Ohio State bowl record and the second-best ever in a game behind only this season's win over Minnesota.

C.J. Stroud

  • Stroud's 573 passing yards were an Ohio State single-game record.
  • Stroud's six touchdowns are the most ever for Ohio State in a bowl game and a Rose Bowl record.
  • Stroud's 80.4 completion percentage is the highest ever for Ohio State in a bowl game.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba

  • Smith-Njigba's 347 receiving yards are a new Ohio State single-game record and the most receiving yards in any bowl game ever.
  • Smith-Njigba's 15 receptions tie his own Ohio State's single-game receptions record of 15, which he set against Nebraska earlier this season.
  • Smith-Njigba's 347 receiving yards in the game gave him 1,606 yards on the season, breaking Ohio State's single-game receiving yards record previously held by David Boston.

Other Players

  • Tommy Eichenberg's 17 tackles are an Ohio State Rose Bowl best, topping Chris Spielman’s 15.
  • The three touchdowns for both Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison Jr. mark the first time in program history two receivers have had three touchdowns in a game.
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