Every Ohio State football season-opening starting quarterback for the last 20 years

In case you missed it, redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud was named the starting quarterback for Ohio State and its opening game against Minnesota on Sept. 2.

There was an arms race of sorts among Stroud, Jack Miller and Kyle McCord, but Justin Fields’ backup from last season was given the keys to the kingdom because he checked all the boxes Day and staff were had.

The quarterback competition at OSU is always hot when a new signal-caller takes over, and it was no different this season.

We’re going on a journey of taking a look back at the opening-day starting quarterback for Ohio State over the last 20 years.

Hopefully, it’ll jog your memory on all of the playmakers and surprises at quarterback on the banks of the Olentangy when the seals were broken on each season.

Here’s we go, including stats for the game and each quarterback’s season.

Sept. 8, 2001 - Steve Bellasari Stats in opener vs. Akron (28-14 Ohio State) Passing: 15-of-24 for 246 yards, 2 TDs Rushing: 9 rushes for 23 yards Season Stats | 9 games (OSU finished 7-5) Passing: 98-of-185 (53.0%), 1,599 yards, 8 TDs, 6 INTs. Rushing: 72 rushes for 97 yards (1.3 avg.), 2 TDs

Aug. 24, 2002 - Craig Krenzel Stats in opener vs. Texas Tech (45-21 Ohio State) Passing: 11-of-14 for 118 yards Rushing: 4 rushes for 39 yards Season Stats | 14 games (OSU finished 14-0, BCS national championship) Passing: 148-of-249 (59.4%), 2,110 yards, 12 TDs, 7 INTs Rushing: 125 rushes for 368 yards (2.9 avg.), 3 TDs

Aug. 30, 2003 - Craig Krenzel Stats in opener vs. Washington (28-9 Ohio State) Passing: 15-of-27 for 203 yards Rushing: 8 rushes for 39 yards, 2 TDs Season Stats | 11 games (OSU finished 11-2) Passing: 153-of-278 (55.0%), 2,040 yards, 15 TDs, 10 INTs Rushing: 109 rushes for 255 yards (2.3 avg.), 3 TDs

Sept. 4, 2004 - Justin Zwick Stats in opener vs. Cincinnati (27-6 Ohio State) Passing: 14-of-26 for 213 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs Rushing: 4 rushes for minus-8 yards, 2 TDs Season Stats | 7 games (OSU finished 8-4) Passing: 98-of-197 (52.4%), 1,209 yards, 6 TDs, 6 INTs Rushing: 39 rushes for 32 yards (0.8 avg.) *Troy Smith took over as starter in Game 7

Sept. 3, 2005 - Justin Zwick Stats in opener vs. Miami (OH) (34-14 Ohio State) Passing: 17-of-23 for 155 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT Rushing: 5 rushes for 25 yards Season Stats | 7 games (OSU finished 10-2) Passing: 42-of-58 (72.4%), 359 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT Rushing: 12 rushes for 25 yards (2.1 avg.) *Troy Smith started after Game 1

Sept. 2, 2006 - Troy Smith Stats in opener vs. Northern Illinois (35-12 Ohio State) Passing: 18-of-25 for 297 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT Rushing: 1 rush for minus-1 yards Season Stats | 13 games (OSU finished 12-1) Passing: 203-of-311 (65.3%), 2,542 yards, 30 TDs, 6 INTs Rushing: 72 rushes for 204 yards (2.8 avg.), 1 TD

Sept. 1, 2007 - Todd Boeckman Stats in opener vs. Youngstown State (38-6 Ohio State) Passing: 17-of-23 for 255 yards, 2 TDs Rushing: 4 rush for minus-13 yards Season Stats | 13 games (OSU finished 11-2) Passing: 191-of-299 (63.9%), 2,379 yards, 25 TDs, 14 INTs Rushing: 56 rushes for 63 yards (1.1 avg.)

Aug. 30, 2008 - Todd Boeckman Stats in opener vs. Youngstown State (43-0 Ohio State) Passing: 14-of-19 for 187 yards, 2 TDs Rushing: 4 rush for 10 yards Season Stats | 8 games (OSU finished the season 10-3) Passing: 57-of-93 (61.3%), 620 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs Rushing: 23 rushes for 8 yards (0.3 avg.) * Terrelle Pryor took over as the starter in Game 4

Sept. 5, 2009 - Terrelle Pryor Stats in opener vs. Navy (31-27 Ohio State) Passing: 14-of-21 for 174 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT Rushing: 6 rush for 30 yards, 1 TD Season Stats | 13 games (OSU finished 11-2) Passing: 167-of-295 (56.6%), 2,094 yards, 18 TDs, 11 INTs Rushing: 162 rushes for 779 yards (4.8 avg.), 7 TDs

Sept. 2, 2010 - Terrelle Pryor Stats in opener vs. Marshall (45-7 Ohio State) Passing: 17-of-25 for 247 yards, 3 TDs Rushing: 8 rushes for 17 yards Season Stats | 13 games (OSU finished 12-1) Passing: 210-of-323 (65.0%), 2,772 yards, 27 TDs, 11 INTs Rushing: 135 rushes for 754 yards (5.6 avg.), 4 TDs

Sept. 3, 2011 - Joe Bauserman Stats in opener vs. Akron (42-0 Ohio State) Passing: 12-of-16 for 163 yards, 3 TDs Rushing: 6 rushes for 32 yards, 1 TD Season Stats | 6 games (OSU finished 6-7) Passing: 40-of-86 (46.5%), 492 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT Rushing: 19 rushes for 19 yards (1.0 avg.), 1 TD * Braxton Miller took over as the starter in Game 4

Sept. 1, 2012 - Braxton Miller Stats in opener vs. Miami (OH) (56-10 Ohio State) Passing: 14-of-24 for 207 yards, 2 TDs Rushing: 17 rushes for 161 yards, 1 TD Season Stats | 12 games (OSU finished 12-0) Passing: 148-of-254 (58.3%), 2,039 yards, 15 TDs, 6 INTs Rushing: 227 rushes for 1,271 yards (5.6 avg.), 13 TDs

Aug. 31, 2013 - Braxton Miller Stats in opener vs. Buffalo (40-20 Ohio State) Passing: 15-of-22 for 178 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT Rushing: 17 rushes for 77 yards Season Stats | 12 games (OSU finished 12-2) Passing: 162-of-255 (63.5%), 2,094 yards, 24 TDs, 7 INTs Rushing: 171 rushes for 1,068 yards (6.2 avg.), 12 TDs

Aug. 30, 2014 - J.T. Barrett Stats in opener vs. Navy (34-17 Ohio State) Passing: 12-of-15 for 226 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT Rushing: 9 rushes for 50 yards Season Stats | 12 games (OSU finished 14-1, CFP national championship) Passing: 203-of-314 (64.6%), 2,834 yards, 34 TDs, 10 INT Rushing: 171 rushes for 938 yards (5.5 avg.), 11 TDs * Barrett injured for year vs. Michigan in Game 12

Sept. 7, 2015 - Cardale Jones Stats in opener at Virginia Tech (42-24 Ohio State) Passing: 10-of-19 for 187 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT Rushing: 13 rushes for 99 yards Season Stats | 10 games (OSU finished 12-1) Passing: 109-of-175 (62.3%), 1,459 yards, 8 TDs, 5 INTs Rushing: 64 rushes for 193 yards (3.0 avg.), 2 TDs * J.T. Barrett took over as starter in Game 8

Sept. 3, 2016 - J.T. Barrett Stats in opener vs. Bowling Green (77-10 Ohio State) Passing: 21-of-31 for 349 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT Rushing: 6 rushes for 30 yards, 1 TD Season Stats | 13 games (OSU finished 11-2) Passing: 233-of-379 (61.5%), 2,555 yards, 24 TDs, 7 INTs Rushing: 205 rushes for 845 yards (4.1 avg.), 9 TDs

Aug. 31, 2017 - J.T. Barrett Stats in opener at Indiana (49-21 Ohio State) Passing: 20-of-35 for 304 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT Rushing: 13 rushes for 61 yards, 1 TD Season Stats | 14 games (OSU finished 12-2) Passing: 240-of-371 (64.7%), 3,053 yards, 35 TDs, 9 INTs Rushing: 165 rushes for 798 yards (4.8 avg.), 12 TDs

Sept. 1, 2018 - Dwayne Haskins Stats in opener vs. Oregon State (77-31 Ohio State) Passing: 22-of-30 for 313 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT Rushing: 2 rushes for 24 yards Season Stats | 14 games (OSU finished 13-1) Passing: 373-of-533 (70.0%), 4,831 yards, 50 TDs, 8 INTs Rushing: 79 rushes for 108 yards (1.4 avg.), 4 TDs

Aug. 31, 2019 - Justin Fields Stats in opener vs. Florida Atlantic (45-21 Ohio State) Passing: 18-of-25 for 234 yards, 4 TDs Rushing: 12 rushes for 61 yards, 1 TD Season Stats | 14 games (OSU finished 13-1) Passing: 238-of-354 (67.2%), 3,273 yards, 41 TDs, 3 INTs Rushing: 137 rushes for 484 yards (3.5 avg.), 10 TDs

Oct. 24, 2020 - Justin Fields Stats in opener vs. Nebraska (52-17 Ohio State) Passing: 20-of-21 for 276 yards, 1 TD Rushing: 15 rushes for 54 yards, 1 TD Season Stats | 8 games (OSU finished 7-1) Passing: 158-of-225 (70.2%), 2,100 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INTs Rushing: 81 rushes for 383 yards (4.7 avg.), 5 TDs

Sept. 2, 2021 - C.J. Stroud Stats in opener at Minnesota (45-31 Ohio State) Passing: 13-of-22 for 294 yards, 4 TD Season Stats | 12 games (OSU finished 11-2) Passing: 317-of-444 (71.9%), 4,435 yards, 44 TDs, 6 INTs Rushing: 32 rushes for -20 yards (-0.6 avg.)

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