COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State senior quarterback J.T. Barrett broke Drew Brees' Big Ten record for touchdown responsible for as he and the Buckeyes ran past Army 38-7 Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.
Barrett was 25-of-33 for 270 yards and two touchdowns to go along with another rushing score to give him 107 touchdowns responsible for in his career. That passes Brees' old mark of 106.
As a team, the Buckeyes rolled up 270 yards on the ground, outrushing Army which came into the game as the nation's second-leading rushing team at 417.5 yard per game. Freshman J.K. Dobbins ran for 172 of those yards on 13 carries and reached the endzone two times.
Eight different Buckeye receivers caught passes from Barrett and Dwayne Haskins, who made his OSU debut in the fourth quarter. K.J. Hill led the receiving corps with career-highs of eight catches and 74 yards. Terry McLaurin and Austin Mack each caught touchdowns passes which was the first of Mack's career.
Defensively, freshman linebacker Tuf Borland made a team-high 11 stops which were the first tackles of his career. Safety Erick Smith broke up a pair of passes and also made a career-high seven tackles.
The Ohio State offense wasted little time in getting on the board as it took the opening kickoff right down the field for a touchdown in just two and a half minutes. Barrett finished the drive with a 5-yard TD run, his second of the season. Dobbins ran for 45 of his 172 yards on the drive.
The Buckeyes also reached the endzone on their second drive which was a 94-yard, 13-play march, the longest of the season. Barrett completed seven passes on the drive and Dobbins capped it with a 2-yard run.
Army cut into the lead as it chewed-up 9:37 at the start of the second quarter, going 99 yards on 18 plays, to make the score 14-7. Ohio State added a Sean Nuernberger field late in the first half and the teams headed to the locker room with OSU in front 17-7.
The second half started out the same as the first half for the Buckeyes as Dobbins ran for 22 yards on OSU's first play and then broke a 52-yard TD run on the second play to extend the lead to 24-7. On the next Ohio State drive, Barrett went 3-for-3 for 62 yards and connected with McLaurin on a 20-yard pass for a 31-7 advantage with 5:12 remaining in the third quarter.
The final score of the game came midway through the fourth quarter as Barrett hit Mack in the front corner of the endzone for a 9-yard touchdown connection. On the day, the Buckeye offense racked-up 586 yards of total offense, 270 on the ground and 316 through the air.
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