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Ohio State Shows Little Mercy in 58-0 Win Over Rutgers - News and Notes
By Patrick Murphy

 COLUMBUS – Would Chris Ash’s familiarity with No. 2 Ohio State’s players and system give Rutgers (2-3, 0-1) a chance in a game where they were five-touchdown underdogs? That was the question leading into Saturday’s game.

The Buckeyes’ 58-0 win was a resounding ‘No,’ and a message to the rest of the Big Ten.

A slow start was to be expected coming off a bye week and that’s exactly what happened. The Scarlet and Gray (4-0, 1-0) led just 6-0 after the first quarter following a J.T. Barrett touchdown pass to Dontre Wilson and a missed extra point from kicker Tyler Durbin.

In the second quarter, OSU came to life. Durbin hit a 33-yard field goal before the onslaught began. Barrett threw touchdown passes to Terry McLaurin (14 yards), Marcus Baugh (16 yards) and Curtis Samuel (five yards) on the way to a 30-0 halftime lead.

Ohio State was far from done. On the fifth play of the third quarter, running back Mike Weber got free for a 46-yard touchdown run. Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon’s first career touchdowns sandwiched a 20-yard run by freshman Demario McCall.

Barrett’s big day

Despite a bad interception on the first drive of the day, J.T. Barrett finished the game 21-of-29 with 238 yards passing. The quarterback threw four touchdowns for the second consecutive game and rushed for 46 yards.

Most impressively, Barrett set the Ohio State record for touchdown passes in a career. His third scoring toss of the day was his 58th, the record setter. He accomplished this feat in 27 games, 21 starts.

Receivers galore

The strength of the Buckeyes offensively in 2016 has been the running game, but against Rutgers OSU showed its aerial prowess as well. Twelve different Scarlet and Gray receivers caught passes led by Curtis Samuel’s seven. Dontre Wilson and Parris Campbell each had four and Johnnie Dixon had two.

Noah Brown, the star of the win two weeks ago against Oklahoma, only had one catch for 15 yards as Barrett and backup quarterback Joe Burrow spread the ball around.

Three receivers – freshman Austin Mack, freshman Binjimen Victory and redshirt freshman Alex Stump – each caught their first career pass as Ohio State went deep into the rotation.

Don’t forget about the rush

Yes, 12 receivers caught at least one pass and the Buckeyes were able to pick apart the Scarlet Knight secondary, but the run game continued to carry the team.

Redshirt freshman Mike Weber led the way with 14 carries for 145 yards – his third 100-yard rushing game in four tries – followed by freshman Demario McCall’s 10 carries for 85 yards. Each of those players found the endzone on impressive runs, including a 46-yard scoring rush from Weber.

For the day, OSU had 412 yards on the ground on 53 carries (7.7. yards per rush). This gives the Scarlet and Gray 1,328 rushing yards through four games and 12 touchdowns on the ground.

A disappointing day defensively

Sure, the Silver Bullets didn’t allow a Rutgers touchdown, only gave up three completions and conceded just 116 total yards, but for the first time in 2016 the Ohio State defense did not force a turnover.

What makes it worse, the Buckeyes actually lost the turnover battle, 1-0.

Now they have something to work on before Indiana comes to town next week.

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