Ben Roethlisberger Bio
Three-year starter at quarterback for Miami ... Third-team Associated Press All-American … semi-finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award for the nation’s top quarterback ... one of only five quarterbacks in MAC history to total more than 10,000 yard career passing ... one of only three quarterbacks in MAC history to throw for at least 3,000 yards in three straight seasons ... the first Miami quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a season ... earned 2003 MAC Offensive Player of the Year and Vern Smith Player of the Year awards.
Set Miami single-season records for pass completions (342), passing touchdowns (37) and passing yardage (4,486) while directing the most potent offense in MAC and Miami history ... completing nearly 70 percent of his passes on the season ... threw for at least 300 yards eight times this season ... bounced back from a four-interception performance at Iowa by throwing for 353 yards and three touchdowns at Northwestern (Sept. 13) ... completed 29-of-39 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns in Sept. 20 win at Colorado State ... won third straight Victory Bell battle by throwing for 377 yards and two touchdowns versus Cincinnati (Sept. 27) ... notched his fourth consecutive 300-yard passing day with 369 yards and two touchdowns versus Akron (Oct. 4) ... also rushed for a pair of TDs versus the Zips ... guided a fourth-quarter comeback at Kent State, throwing for 409 yards and three TDs ... in an abbreviated stint versus Ohio, tossed for 294 yards and four TDs ... terrorized UCF for 327 yards and five passing TDs, despite playing only one play in the second half ... got off to a personal-best start versus the Golden Knights, completing his first 14 passes to nine different receivers ... played arguably the best game of his career in the MAC Championship game, completing 26-of-35 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns, breaking the MAC Championship game record for passing yards ... ranks among the top 10 quarterbacks nationally in passing efficiency (2nd-165.84), passing touchdowns (t-4th-37), passing yards (3rd-4,486) and total offense (4th-4597) ... also has punted 12 times this season, averaging 37.8 yards per punt and pinning the opposition inside its 20 seven times.
Established Miami single-season records for pass completions (271) and passing yards (3,238) ... became only the fourth quarterback in MAC history to record multiple 3,000-yard passing seasons ... despite a Miami record 428 passing attempts, completed 63 percent of his passes and tossed just 11 interceptions ... opened the season by throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown while playing in a downpour versus North Carolina (Aug. 31) ... also booted a career-long 59-yard punt versus the Tar Heels ... terrorized eventual Orange Bowl participant Iowa for 343 yards and three touchdowns in a narrow Sept. 7 loss ... bounced back from consecutive sub-200-yard passing efforts by throwing for 240 yards and two touchdowns in a comeback defeat of Akron (Sept. 28) ... completed 27-of-37 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown in win at rival Cincinnati (Oct. 5) ... broke a MAC-game record by throwing for a whopping 525 yards and four touchdowns in loss to Northern Illinois (Oct. 12) ... broke his own MAC record by completing 41 passes in the loss to the Huskies and was named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week ... threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-24 passing versus Buffalo (Oct. 19) ... tallied 299 yards passing and completed 22-of-31 passes versus Toledo (Oct. 26), but was held without a touchdown pass for the second time in his career ... placed 3-of-3 punts inside the Rocket 20-yard line in the Toledo win and was named the MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week ... connected on 21-of-31 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns versus Ohio (Nov. 2) ... threw for 247 yards and a trio of touchdowns in loss at Marshall... moved past his own single-season passing yardage record by throwing for 271 yards and a touchdown versus UCF (Nov. 23) ... booted 9-of-11 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line during the season and booted three punts of 50 yards or greater.
Was the nation’s premier first-year quarterback, earning first-team Football Writer’s Association of America Freshman All-America honors ... was the first RedHawk to earn MAC Freshman of the Year since Deland McCullough in 1992 ... named second-team all-MAC ... was the first freshman in the program’s history to be nominated for the MAC’s Vern Smith MVP award ... ranked second in the conference in passing yards (258.8 ypg), total offense (274.5 ypg), pass efficiency (146.5) and touchdowns ... re-wrote the Miami single-season record book for passing yards (3,105), completions (241), touchdown passes (25), completion percentage (.663) and total offense (3,294) ... his passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense were tops in the nation among freshman signal-callers ... set MAC freshman records for passing yards and touchdown passes ... threw touchdown passes in his first nine collegiate games after starting just 12 games in high school at quarterback ... earned MAC Eastern Division Offensive Player of the Week against Cincinnati, Buffalo, and Akron ... named USA Today MAC Player of the Week three times (Cincinnati, Akron, and Bowling Green) ... completed 18-of-35 in collegiate debut at Michigan for 193 yards and two touchdowns ... broke the 200-yard barrier vs. Cincinnati, throwing for 264 yards ... broke the school single-game passing record vs. Akron throwing for 399 yards, including a 70-yard “Hail Mary” to Eddie Tillitz to win the game as time expired ... brought Miami back from a 21-7 first-half deficit at Ohio with a 24-of-37, 322-yard, five touchdown performance in a 36-24 victory ... broke the MAC freshman passing yardage record at Bowling Green, rolling up 305 yards passing and two touchdowns, including a career-long 81 yarder to Mike Larkin ... busted out at Hawai’i, going 40-of-53 for 452 yards
Ohio’s Division I Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 … runner-up for 1999 Mr. Football honors in Ohio … set state records by throwing for 4,041 yards and 54 touchdowns during senior campaign … also ran for seven scores ... named league, district and Toledo Blade Player of the Year … also ran for seven touchdowns while throwing just eight interceptions as a senior … Trojans compiled a 23-9 record, which included two league championships and a state playoff appearance, with him as a team member … Findlay went 10-2 in 1999, advancing to second round of state playoffs ... participant in Ohio North-South and Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star games ...coached by Cliff Hite ... an all-league and all-district performer in baseball and basketball … team captain in all three sports … averaged 26.5 points, nine rebounds and five assists per game as a senior point guard in basketball … a .300 hitter as a shortstop for Findlay’s baseball squad ... earned all-league and district honors in basketball and baseball.
Born March 2, 1982 (21 years old) … son of Ken and Brenda Roethlisberger … majoring in physical education.
Career Passing Statistics
|Pass Attempts:||61 vs. Northern Illinois, 2002|
|Completions:||41 vs. Northern Illinois, 2002|
|Passing Yards:||525 vs. Northern Illinois, 2002|
|Touchdown Passes:||5 at Ohio, 2001|
|Long Pass:||81 at Bowling Green (TD), 2001|
|Rushing Yards:||93 at Iowa, 2001|
|Rushing Attempts:||13 at Ball State, 2002|
|Long Rush:||80 at Iowa (TD), 2001|
|Longest Punt:||59 at North Carolina, 2002|
2001 Game-by-Game Passing Statistics
2002 Game-by-Game Passing Statistics
2003 Game-by-Game Results
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|12/4/2003||Bowling Green (MAC Championship)||26||35||0||74.2||440||4|
|12/18/2003||Louisville (GMAC Bowl)||21||33||0||63.6||376||4|