#11 Ohio State vs. Rutgers
Saturday, September 30th, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
High Point Solutions Stadum (52,454), Piscataway, N.J.
Kevin Kugler (Play-By-Play)
Matt Millen (Analyst)
Lisa Byington (Sideline)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After closing out a three-game homestand by defeating UNLV, 54-21, last weekend, the Buckeyes take to the road Saturday night and return to Big Ten play with a matchup at Rutgers. The Buckeyes and Scarlet Knights kick off in High Point Solutions Stadium at 7:30 p.m. live on BTN with Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and Lisa Byington on the call.
Ohio State is coming off one of its most complete efforts offensively, racking up 664 yards of total offense -- including a school record 474 through the air -- in the victory over UNLV. In less than a half of action, senior QB J.T. Barrett threw for 209 yards and five touchdowns. He moved into second place on Ohio State's all-time passing yardage list. A Big Ten-record seven different receivers caught touchdown passes and both Parris Campell (three receptions, 102 yards) and C.J. Saunders (six receptions, 105 yards) eclipsed the 100-yard mark.
Rutgers is 1-3 this season following its 27-17 loss at Nebraska last Saturday. The Scarlet Knights played No. 8 Washington tough in their season opener, falling to the Huskies 30- 14 despite leading for much of the fi rst half. Rutgers is led by former Buckeye co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons in Columbus before taking over at Rutgers prior to the 2016 season.
Setting the Stage: Buckeyes vs. Scarlet Knights
Rutgers is 1-3 this season with losses to No. 8 Washington, Eastern Michigan and Nebraska with a win over Morgan State.
Kyle Bolin, a transfer from Louisville, has started all four games at quarterback and is throwing for just over 160 yards per game. His favorite target is Jerome Washington, who has hauled in 15 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, two running backs -- Gus Edwards and Robert Martin -- have gotten the majority of the carries. Martin leads with a 4.6 yards per carry average while Edwards has the most attempts (62) and yards (270).
Wide receiver/kick returner Janarion Grant is one of the most dangerous players in the country and is the Scarlet Knights' all-time kickoff return yardage leader. A 2015 All-Big Ten performer, Grant had 1,583 all-purpose yards as a junior in 2015 before an injury cost him the balance of the 2016 season.
Rutgers' defense is allowing less than 300 yards per game and four diff erent players have recorded 20 or more tackles thus far.