PISCATAWAY, N.J. - In its second road test of the season, Ohio State passed with flying colors, overwhelming Rutgers 56-0 Saturday evening at High Point Solutions Stadium.
J.T. Barrett continued to impress, throwing for 275 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-22 passing. He also gained 89 yards on the ground on 10 carries. Barrett became just the fourth player in FBS history with 80 career touchdown passes and 30 career rushing touchdowns. He also passed Art Schlichter and is now Ohio State's all-time leading passer with 7,622 career passing yards.
Mike Weber, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury for the early part of the season, had himself a night. He scored a career-high three touchdowns and finished with 44 yards on 10 carries.
Damario McCall recorded his first carries of the year on Saturday night and wound up leading the team with 103 yards. He scored a pair of touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. This was the first 100-yard rushing game of his career.
Defensively, 29 different Buckeyes notched at least one tackle led by Jordan Fuller with eight stops. Dante Booker had two of OSU's nine tackles for loss on the night and he also notched an interception. Overall, the Buckeyes limited Rutgers to just 209 total yards.
Weber opened the scoring on Ohio State's second drive as his 1-yard plunge finished a quick 3-play, 60-yard drive. The big play on the drive was a 37-yard run by Barrett which took him over 10,000 total yards for his career.
The best Rutgers drive of the game was thwarted when Tracey Sprinkle deflected a Kyle Bolin pass into the hands of Booker at the Ohio State 13 yard line. The interception was the first of Booker's career.
Weber made it 14-0 Buckeyes one play into the second quarter as he reached the end zone for a second time with a 3-yard run. Two drives later, Barrett broke the pocket and found a wide open Johnny Dixon down the right sideline for a 70-yard TD connection and the Buckeyes pushed the lead to 21-0. The touchdown pass was the 80th of Barrett's career.
The same combination of Barrett and Dixon paid off on the very next drive for the Buckeyes. Dixon caught a short pass over the middle and turned the corner thanks to a nice block from Marcus Baugh and reached the end zone again. This time was for a 39-yard catch and run, putting the Buckeyes ahead 28-0.
Weber's third touchdown run of the night put an exclamation point on the first half. With under a minute to play in the opening half, Weber capped a 7-play, 75-yard drive with another 2-yard TD run. The Buckeyes went into halftime comfortably in control, up 35-0.
Ohio State kept the pedal down at the start of the third quarter. Barrett led another scoring drive as he hit Binjimen Victor in the front corner of the end zone for a 23-yard score to shove the lead out to 42-0.
Freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins came in in relief of Barrett and the offense didn't miss a beat. Haskins led the Buckeyes down the field and hit McCall on a wheel route out of the backfield for a 35-yard score. The touchdown was the first of the season for McCall and it was Haskins' third touchdown pass.
McCall continued the onslaught, cutting his was through the Scarlet Knight defense for a career-long 48-yard touchdown run. That pushed the lead to 56-0 midway through the fourth quarter and that's how it would end.