J.T. Barrett threw an interception on Ohio State’s first offensive possession, but that was in no way an indication of how his day would go.
The redshirt junior became the program’s all-time leader in touchdown passes Saturday, throwing four in the first half in a 58-0 blowout of Rutgers at Ohio Stadium.
Despite a slowish start for Ohio State — it was just 6-0 after a quarter — Barrett and the Buckeyes turned on the jets in a 24-point second quarter and ended up out-gaining the Knights, 360-84, in the first 30 minutes of play. That trend continued after halftime, too, with Ohio State adding four more touchdowns, all of them of the rushing variety to turn this one into a merciless blowout.
After Barrett's interception, Ohio State scored on every drive until the game's last, when a fourth-and-goal try from 11 yards out was unsuccessful. That included seven straight touchdown drives.
Barrett had touchdown passes to four different receivers in the first half: Curtis Samuel, Dontre Wilson, Marcus Baugh and Terry McLaurin. Barrett's day was over before the third quarter was, and he finished 21-for-29 with 238 yards to go along with that quartet of scoring throws. Samuel had a big first half with 70 receiving yards to go along with his touchdown catch and an additional 58 rushing yards. He finished with 154 total yards.
Mike Weber also had a huge day running the ball. He went for 144 yards on just 14 carries, including a 46-yard touchdown run.
And, as it’s been doing all season, the Buckeyes’ defense certainly came to play, blanking the Knights and limiting them to just 107 total yards on the game. With 84 of those in the first half, the Knights had a shocking second-half yardage total of just 23. Ohio State out-rushed Rutgers, 410-74, holding a ridiculous 669-107 total-yardage edge on the day.
Throwing the ball, Rutgers was 3-for-16 as a team.
Ohio State, the second-ranked team in the country, improved to a perfect 4-0 with the win and will take on Indiana next weekend.
Rutgers fell to 2-3 with the loss and takes on Michigan next weekend.