Another week, another record for Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett. The senior was 14-22 passing for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns, leading the Buckeyes to a 56-0 blowout of Rutgers. Barrett reached two significant milestones in the win, becoming the first player in Ohio State history to amass more than 10,000 total yards from scrimmage, and he moved past Art Schlichter to become the Buckeyes all-time leader in career passing yards.
Barrett came into the game needing 200 passing yards to move past Schlichter. He reached that number by halftime, as Ohio State opened up a 35-0 lead at the break. Two of the Barrett TD throws went to receiver Johnnie Dixon, including a 70 yard bomb in the second quarter that broke the game open, extending the Ohio State lead to 21-0. Dixon scored the next Buckeye TD, turning an 8-yard throw over the middle into a 39-yard score as dashed to the sideline and tight-roped his way in for the score.
The Buckeyes dominated on defense as well, holding Rutgers to only 200 total yards. It's the second consecutive year Ohio State has blanked the Scarlet Knights, beating them 58-0 in Columbus last season.
Overall, the Buckeyes piled up 618 yards of offense. Running back Mike Weber had three rushing touchdowns and reserve back DeMario McCall shined in mop-up duty, catching a 35 yard touchdown pass from back-up Buckeye QB Dwayne Haskins and later breaking free for a 48-yard run that gave Ohio State its final touchdown of the game. McCall ended up rushing for 103 yards on just 11 carries.
The Buckeyes (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) are home to Maryland next Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox.
Here are Urban Meyer's comments to the Big Ten Network after the win, as well as some of the highlights and Meyer's full press conference, as posted by Steve Helwagen of 24-7 sports.