COLUMBUS, Ohio - Terrelle Pryor's decision Tuesday, June 7, to forego his senior season at The Ohio State University closes the career and the record books on a dual threat quarterback who ranks in a tie for second all-time at Ohio State with 31 career victories and who will have dozens of mentions in the records pages of Ohio State's 2011 online guide.
Pryor, one of only nine Ohio State quarterbacks with at least 20 victories and one of only four with at least 30 victories, is tied with Cornelius Greene (1973-75) with 31 victories. The school record for wins is 36 by Art Schlichter, from 1978-81. Bobby Hoying, with 30 wins between 1993-95, also reached the 30-victory mark.
Pryor's quarterback record of 31-4, which includes three wins over Michigan, wins over Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl and Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl and a 21-3 record in the Big Ten Conference, leaves him fifth among OSU signal callers with an .886 winning percentage. Rex Kern, with a 25-2 record and a .926 winning percentage between 1968-1970, tops the percentage list and is followed by Greene (.900; 31-3-1) Troy Smith (.893; 25-3 between 2004-06) and Craig Krenzel (.889; 24-3 from 2001-2003).
Ohio State Quarterback Wins
1. Art Schlichter - 36 (36-11-1; .760)
2. Cornelius Greene - 31 (31-3-1; .900)
Terrelle Pryor - 31 (31-4; .886)
4. Bobby Hoying - 30 (30-6-1; .824)
5. Rex Kern - 25 (25-2; .926)
Troy Smith - 25 (25-3; .893)
7. Craig Krenzel - 24 (24-3; .889)
8. Mike Tomczak - 23 (23-8; 742)
9. Jim Karsatos - 22 (22-6; .786)
10. Steve Bellisari - 19 (19-12; .613)
Greg Frey - 19 (19-14-2; .571)
Additionally, Pryor ends his collegiate career the holder of numerous Ohio State records. He is Ohio State's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks with 2,164 yards, a total that also ranks fifth all-time among Big Ten quarterbacks and it is a total that ranks 18th among all Ohio State rushers.
Pryor also is fifth on the career passing charts at Ohio State with 6,177 yards. His single season totals of 2,772 yards in 2010 and 2,094 yards in 2009 rank third and 14th, respectively. His career completion percentage of .609 (477-783) ranks third and his 57 touchdown passes is tied with Bobby Hoying's 57 TDs as the school record.
Pryor, who has five of the six games in Ohio State history where a quarterback has passed for 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards in the same game, has most-impressive total offense stats. He ranks second among Buckeyes with 8,341 yards of total offense. His 3,526 yards in 2010 is the Ohio State single season record and his 2,873 yards in 2009 ranks fifth. He holds three of the Top 10 single game total offense efforts, topped by his 372 yards in 2009 vs. Toledo, and he holds six of the Top 20 all-time total offense games.
Some additional final stat numbers from Terrelle Pryor's career:
334 - career-high for passing yards, set in the 2011 win over Indiana;
115 - career-high for rushing yards, set vs. Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl;
76 - touchdowns accounted for (57 passing; 17 rushing; two receiving), second-most at Ohio State;
7 & 22 - school-record totals for 300-yard and 200-yard games of total offense, respectively;
2 - Bowl game MVP awards; he accounted for 338 yards of offense in the 2010 Rose Bowl win over Oregon and followed that up with 336 total yards in the 2011 Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas;
8 - 100-yard rushing games;
16 - consecutive passes completed vs. Ohio in 2010, a school record;
271.2 and 213.9 - school record total offense averages for season (2010) and career, respectively;
3 - Big Ten Championships won by Ohio State.