Rutgers

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 01-10-2017

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. — J.T. Barrett came to Ohio State looking to become the starting quarterback, win some games and be successful.

He has more than exceeded expectations. He’s now the Buckeyes’ career passing leader.

Barrett threw three touchdown passes and took over the top spot in the Ohio State record book from Art Schlichter in leading the 11th-ranked Buckeyes to a 56-0 victory over Rutgers on Saturday night.

“I think it’s a tremendous honor,” said Barrett, who is 30-5 as a starter, making him only the fourth 30-game winner in school history, joining Schlichter, Cornelius Green and Bobby Hoying. “I came to Ohio State, I always wanted to be a quarterback there, and win football games and be productive. This is a great honor and I’m just going to focus on winning football games.

Mike Weber ran for a career-high three touchdowns and Ohio State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) blanked Rutgers (1-4, 0-2) for the second straight year. The Buckeyes have won three straight after being upset by Oklahoma.

This marked the second meeting between Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and former defensive coordinator and now Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash. It also marked the first time former Rutgers coach and current Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano returned to High Point Solutions Stadium for a game.

This one wasn’t much of a contest with Ohio State outgaining Rutgers 628-209.

The Scarlet Knights, who were beaten by the Buckeyes 58-0 last year, had an embarrassing end to their night as Andrew Harte’s 32-yard field goal attempt banged off the upright in the final minute.

Barrett threw touchdown passes of 70 and 39 yards to Johnnie Dixon in the first half in building a 35-0 lead. The fifth-year senior added a 22-yard strike to Binjimen Victor in the third quarter for his eighth touchdown in the last two games and 13th of the season.

“J.T. is a great player. J.T. is a leader, and I’ve got nothing but respect for J.T., and he obviously makes a lot of plays for that football team,” Ash said.

Weber, a 1,000-yard rusher last year as a freshman, scored on runs of 1, 3 and 2 yards in showing signs that the hamstring injury that limited him to seven carries this season is healed.

Barrett finished 14 of 22 for 275 yards. He has 7,622 yards passing, surpassing Schlichter (7,547) for the top spot in Buckeyes history. Barrett’s 364 yards in total offense (89 rushing) put him over 10,000 for his career (10,350).

Barrett’s big play was finding Dixon wide open on a third and 17 play for the long touchdown and a 21-0 lead.

“A guy like J.T. who does everything right, just a program guy — selfless — so it’s great to be a part of that,” Dixon said.

Backup Dwayne Haskins threw a 35-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Demario McCall, who also had a 48-yard scamper to close out the scoring.

Rutgers quarterbacks Kyle Bolin and freshman Johnathan Lewis were under pressure. Bolin was 5 of 14 for 56 yards. Lewis was 3 of 10 for 21 yards and two interceptions, including one by linebacker Dante Booker at the Buckeyes 13 late in the first quarter with the Scarlet Knights down 7-0.

Ash said his team needs to keep working to improve.

“I mean, there’s no magic formula, guys,” he said. “When you’re talking about turning around a program, it’s working, it’s hard work, that’s it. You coach your tails off every single day. You develop your players as much as you can physically, mentally, fundamentally, and you recruit. That’s it. You build a culture.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have found their offense the past two weeks, gaining more than 600 yards in total offense in each game in lopsided wins over UNLV and Rutgers. They are going to need it next week. Maryland has been surprising and the Terps knocked off Minnesota, running for 262 yards against a defense that was ranked No. 1 in the country against the run.

SHUTOUTS: The last time Ohio State shut out an opponent in consecutive seasons was 1979-80 against Wisconsin.

“Work in progress,” Schiano said. “We have a chance to be good, but we have to really clean up a lot of stuff. But I’ll tell you what, our kids are working so hard that it’s going to happen.”

UNLV

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 24-09-2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — J.T. Barrett threw touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half, and No. 10 Ohio State cruised to a 54-21 win over Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday.

Barrett, who has taken the brunt of the criticism for Ohio State’s inconsistent passing game this season, was barely slowed by an outgunned UNLV defense, completing 12 of 17 passes for 209 yards before handing the game over to backup Dwayne Haskins near the end of the first half.

The big half for Barrett moved him into second place behind Art Schlichter for all-time passing yards at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) rolled, but the opponent was no real test in the last tune-up game before Ohio State begins its conference schedule.

Barrett threw scoring passes to Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, Binjimen Victor, Terry McLaurin and K.J. Hill. True freshman running back J.K. Dobbinsadded to his growing resume by rushing for 95 yards on 14 carries before taking a seat just before halftime.

A sixth and seventh receiver — C.J. Saunders and Rashod Berry — caught TD passes from Haskins, marking the first time in history Ohio State had more than five different receivers catch scoring passes in a game. Haskins threw for another 228 yards in mop-up duty.

Running back Lexington Thomas provided one of the few highlights for UNLV (1-2), racing through the Ohio State defense for a 55-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Javin White jumped in front of a Haskins pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 65 yards for a score, but the game was already out of reach.

THE TAKEAWAY:

UNLV: The Rebels will be happy to take their big check and move on to Mountain West conference play.

OHIO STATE: UNLV didn’t put up much of a fight, so it’s hard to tell if the Buckeyes are really getting better. They just have to keep rolling until the next test, on Oct. 28 against No. 4 Penn State. One thing becomes clearer each week: Dobbins is Ohio State’s next big star.

POLL IMPLICATIONS: The Buckeyes won last week and dropped two spots, so it’s difficult to predict. The level of competition won’t do them any favors with voters.

Army

Posted by Buckeye D | Posted in College football news | Posted on 16-09-2017

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State desperately needed some positive vibes after a deflating, demoralizing loss to Oklahoma at home a week ago. Overmatched Army was able to help out on Saturday.

True freshman J.K. Dobbins ran for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns as No. 8 Ohio State rebounded to rout the visitors from West Point 38-7. J.T. Barrett, the target this week of critics who suggested he should be benched after the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, was 25 for 33 for 270 yards and two touchdowns, albeit against a much less-talented defense.

Dobbins, who rushed for 181 yards in the season opener at Indiana, broke away for an electrifying 52-yard touchdown run to open the second half after romping for 22 yards on the previous play, extending Ohio State’s 17-7 halftime lead. The Buckeyes (2-1) then got touchdowns on two of their next three drives to pull away.

“He’s a perfect tailback,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “He’s the space player we need.”

Barrett looked sharper and the play calling was more diverse, as offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson had promised. The quarterback was especially slick on a drive in the third quarter when he hit tight end Marcus Baugh for 31 yards then, two plays later, threw a perfect 20-yard scoring strike on a post route to Terry McLaurin in the end zone.

That gave him 106 touchdowns responsible for in his career, tying him for the all-time Big Ten lead with Purdue’s Drew Brees. He broke the record on the next possession when he tossed a 9-yard scoring pass to Austin Mack.

“The heart of a lion,” Meyer said of Barrett. “He’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever been around, so that’s pretty good characteristics to have for the guy touching the ball every snap.”

Army’s triple-option threw off the Buckeyes at times and extended some drives, but OSU’s athletic defensive line kept it contained. The outgunned Black Knights (2-1) compiled 278 offensive yards but didn’t score after a 3-yard Darnell Woolfolk touchdown run in the second quarter.

“They outplayed us and outcoached us,” Army coach Jeff Monken said. “For the first 30 minutes I thought we were slugging it pretty good, and there were times in the second half we were playing really good football, but you got to play that way for 60 minutes.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Army: The Black Knights looked respectable in the first half, but couldn’t run with the Buckeyes in the second.

“I thought that we ran the ball really well up front sometimes,” Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw said. “Our offensive line, they blocked them really well. But (Ohio State) played really hard, they are a very talented team and they won a lot of one-on-one battles.”

Ohio State: After dropping the big one to Oklahoma last week, the Buckeyes took care of business. Their championship hopes are still alive, but there is no room for error.

NO TIME FOR THAT

Barrett said he tried to ignore the media and fan criticism of him that swirled around the team all week as it tried to prepare for Army.

“People have a right to their opinion,” the low-key fifth-year player said. “That’s something that’s part of our great country, freedom of speech, but they really don’t know the inner workings involved every single week, game plan every single game. Even go down through every single play. That being said, they’re speaking things based on what they’ve seen or hear, which is fine.”

Ohio State: Probably won’t move much after dominating in a game it was supposed to dominate.