PASADENA, Calif. — Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba is now the sole owner of the Buckeyes’ single season records for receptions and receiving yards, as well as the record for most receiving yards in a single game.
Smith-Njigba set the new record on a 50-yard reception on a second-quarter drive in Saturday’s Rose Bowl against the Utah Utes. Smith-Njigba was stripped of the ball on the play, however, and fumbled into the end zone. The ball was recovered by Utah.
The previous yardage record was 1,435 yards, set by David Boston in 1998.
Smith-Njigba then tied the school-record with his 90th reception on a 20-yard catch in the third quarter. Parris Campbell held the record, recording 90 receptions in 2018. That catch also gave him 258 yards on the day, which broke Terry Glenn’s single-game record set in 1995 against Pitt.
Ohio State has had six 200-yard individual receiving games in school history. Smith-Njigba now owns two of them. He had 15 catches for 240 yards earlier this season against Nebraska.
Smith-Njigba then took sole ownership of the receptions record with a fourth-quarter catch-and-run of 30 yards. That reception gave him 288 yards on the night.