A “W” is a “W”

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 17-10-2016


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J.T. Barrett escaped Wisconsin’s pressure and shook off a mistake.

Ohio State’s do-it-all quarterback proved his mettle after halftime in the toughest of road environments, accounting for three touchdowns and setting a school record in the process.

Barrett threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to leaping receiver Noah Brownin overtime, and the second-ranked Buckeyes finished off the eighth-ranked Badgers with a sack on fourth-and-goal from the 4 for a 30-23 win on Saturday night.

Barrett also ran for two touchdowns for the Buckeyes (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) in a contest that had the intensity of a championship heavyweight bout.

“That was just two good teams going at each other,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.

He had the best player on the field on his side.

The touchdown throw in overtime gave Barrett his 89th career touchdown passing or rushing, breaking the school record previously held by quarterback Braxton Miller.

The Buckeyes rushed the field after defensive end Tyquan Lewis sacked quarterback Alex Hornibrook to end the thriller. Just in time too, after school officials warned fans that severe weather was rolling through the area right before the final play.

Ohio State got the ball first in overtime, with Barrett ending the possession with the pass to Brown for the go-ahead score.

Barrett finished 17 of 29 for 226 yards with one interception, and ran for 92 yards on 21 carries.

“We grew up even more this week,” Barrett said.

Corey Clement ran for 164 yards on 25 carries for Wisconsin (4-2, 1-2) and its revived rushing attack .

The Badgers gained chunks of yards in the first half on the Buckeyes’ vaunted defense, but often had to settle for field goals. They led 16-6 at halftime.

It took a little while for Ohio State to get its bearings in the second half.

“We just had to keep on grinding. This Big Ten football,” Barrett said.

But Barrett, as usual, led the charge. Wisconsin’s defense often got to Barrett in the backfield and tried to contain him in the pocket, only to watch him slip away with just enough time to hit big passes.

“You look at those things … how can we finish,” coach Paul Chryst said. “At the same time, you say, `Hat’s off, he’s a heck of a player.”


Ohio State: Barrett shook off his interception into the end zone during heavy rain early in the third quarter. He hit long pinpoint passes, often on the move, into tight coverage. The Buckeyes made it a point to work on the passing game leading into the game after problems last week against Indiana. That work paid off, though it didn’t come easy against the Badgers’ tough defense.

Wisconsin: Chryst dug deep into the playbook to throw off the Buckeyes in the first half, running receiver Jazz Peavy on jet sweeps and passing out of tight formations. The Badgers had manageable third-down situations, for the most part, for Hornibrook. Wisconsin picked up another first down in the fourth quarter after faking a run before Hornibrook threw a shovel pass to tight endTroy Fumagalli for 4-yard gain. The offensive-minded Chryst showed creativity that should keep Wisconsin’s opponents guessing for the rest of the season.

“This one is tough … because we didn’t come into this one hoping to keep it close,” Chryst said. “This one hurts tonight.”


Ohio State: The Buckeyes padded their playoff resume, but don’t figure to leapfrog top-ranked Alabama in the Top 25 poll on Sunday after the Crimson Tide’s 39-point win over No. 9 Tennessee.

Wisconsin: The Badgers are the best 4-2 team in the nation with a losing record in their conference. Wisconsin also lost two weeks ago to No. 4 Michigan, 14-7, at the Big House. They figure to fall a few spots in the poll, but shouldn’t be severely penalized given their admirable performances against top competition.


Ohio State: Barrett completed passes to eight different receivers. …. RBs Mike Weber and Curtis Samuel each finished with 46 yards rushing.

Wisconsin: Hornibrook, a freshman, was 16 of 28 for 214 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. … Peavy finished with 70 yards on six carries, and 76 yards receiving on four catches, including a 24-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter that gave Wisconsin a 10-0 lead. …. The Badgers outgained the Buckeyes 450-411.


Wasn’t easy buy no matter.

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 09-10-2016


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State’s usually crisp passing game was mostly shut down by Indiana on Saturday so J.T. Barrett had to get it done on the ground.

Barrett rushed a career-high 26 times for 137 yards and a touchdown and threw for another score and No. 2 Ohio State beat Indiana 38-17. Barrett was 9-of-23 for 93 yards passing.

“In my opinion, that’s the best quarterback in college ball,” Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said.

Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) was forced to rely mostly on its ground game, which accounted for 290 yards, and some tough play by its defense — including a critical fourth-quarter stop on its own 4 yard line following a Barrett interception — to fend off the Hoosiers, who had upset Michigan State last weekend.

Ohio State’s defense also forced Indiana (3-2, 2-1) to turn the ball over on downs on the Hoosiers’ own 33 with 5:22 left and the Buckeyes leading 31-17. Five plays later, Barrett hit Dontre Wilson with a 37-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach.

Safety Malik Hooker sealed the win by picking off Richard Lagow on Indiana’s next series. The Buckeyes held Indiana to just one score in the second half.

“They’re great athletes and they covered our guys,” Ohio State guard Billy Pricesaid. “Some days you struggle with passing and some days you struggle with the run, and today was one of the days we struggled with the pass.”

Both teams had trouble establishing any offensive tempo.

“It was just an awkward game,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.

Hybrid back Curtis Samuel rushed nine times for 82 yards and a touchdown for the Buckeyes, and tailback Mike Weber ran for 71 yards and two scores.

Lagow was 14-of-28 for 182 yards and two touchdowns, but Indiana managed just 99 yards rushing. Indiana had 281 total yards, compared with 383 for the Buckeyes.

“They have a great defense,” Lagow said. “They’re going to be tough for anybody the rest of the year, That’s on us as well as them being good. We didn’t hit a couple plays and they made a couple plays.”


Indiana: Buoyed by last week’s upset of Michigan State, Indiana was effective at times but couldn’t keep up with the more talented Buckeyes.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ defense played tough and kept Ohio State in the game. Ohio State showed its passing game can be stopped, but Barrett can find a way to win anyway. Meyer said Barrett carried too many times, “and we have to fix it.”

“I didn’t throw particularly well in the passing game by any means,” Barrett said. “I have to do a better job of reading the coverage better and getting the ball to our playmakers.”

MOMENTUM CHANGER: After Indiana scored to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 17-10 with 1:03 left in the first half, Ohio State’s Parris Campbell ran back the ensuing kickoff 91 yards to the Indiana 6. Two plays later, Barrett ran through the Hoosiers untouched for a touchdown to make it a two-score game at halftime.

“I didn’t really feel anyone near me,” Campbell said. “I thought I was cruising to the end zone. I’m sure I’ll get it next time. Going out on the field I felt we needed the momentum back. I knew we needed a big play.”


Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in Big Ten News, Buckeye News, College football news | Posted on 07-10-2016


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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The talk all week was whether former Ohio State assistant and current Rutgers coach Chris Ash could take advantage of his familiarity with the Buckeyes’ defense.

The answer: Forget about it.

The stifling Ohio State defense overwhelmed the Scarlet Knights on the way to methodical 58-0 dismantling Saturday at Ohio Stadium.

J.T. Barrett broke the school record for career touchdown passes with the third of his four TD tosses Saturday, and the surging Buckeyes (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) gave Ash a rude welcome in his return to The Horseshoe.

“They smothered us,” said Ash, who spent the past two seasons as a co-defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes.

No. 2 Ohio State’s superb defense never allowed the Scarlet Knights (2-3, 0-2) to penetrate deeper than the Ohio State 38 yard line. They sacked quarterbackChris Laviano three times and allowed just 33 passing yards. They forced Rutgers to punt on each of its 10 drives that didn’t end a half.

Ash was asked if the Ohio State defense performed better than advertised.

“They played exceptionally well today, so no, they were not better than I thought, and I thought all along they were pretty darn good,” Ash said.

Barrett was 21 for 29 for 238 yards before giving way to backup Joe Burrownear the end of the third quarter. He now has 59 TD passes in 27 career games for Ohio State.

“There’s no doubt he’s a Heisman candidate,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.

Freshman tailback Mike Weber continued to cement his place in the Ohio State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) backfield, rushing for 144 yards on 14 attempts before also taking a seat in the third quarter. He also scored a touchdown, cutting around the left end and racing untouched for a 46-yard score 2 1/2 minutes into the second half.

“I was just following my blocks,” Weber said. “They opened up the holes so I could run through. Give credit to the O-line. Today showed how much talent we have.”

Ohio State piled up 669 yards of total offense, including 410 on the ground. Barrett threw touchdown passes to four receivers.

Safety Chris Cioffi had one of the few highlights for Rutgers, picking off Barrett’s pass on Ohio State’s opening drive.

“We came out and fought in the beginning, but the wheels just fell off,” Cioffi said.